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Day 1 Completed

Sharpe Holds Massive Chip Lead as 133 Players Advance to Day 2

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Scott Sharpe bagged up the chip lead on Day 1b of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs.
Scott Sharpe bagged up the chip lead on Day 1b of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

The 2012/2013 World Series of Poker Circuit continued on Saturday with Day 1 action from the Horseshoe Council Bluffs, which is in Iowa just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska. Day 1a and 1b both played out and completed twelve 40-minute levels of play, with the former flight drawing 234 runners and the latter 128 for a total of 362 players—a nearly 25% attendance increase from the year prior. A combined 133 players (89 from Day 1a and 44 from Day 1b) managed to survive to Day 2, with Scott Sharpe and his stack of 289,500 leading the way.

“I ran good,” Sharpe told PokerNews after he bagged and tagged. “Coolered a few people to be honest.” Sharpe, who has finished runner-up in two previous WSOP Circuit events, was modest when asked how it felt to bag up the chip lead. “Long way to go still, but I’m very excited for tomorrow."

On Day 1a, Kelly Cortum got some of his chips in Level 7 (200/400/50) against local pro and circuit regular Drazen Ilich. It happened on a {6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop when Cortum bet 3,000 from the small blind and Ilich raised to 6,500 from the cutoff. Cortum reraised to 12,000, Ilich called and the two saw the {K-Spades} turn. Cortum moved all in for Ilich's last 24,000 and Ilich simply said, "You got it," before folding. Cortum claimed that he had flopped a set.

While it took 12 levels for Cortum to amass his Day-1a-leading stack, it only to Scott Sharpe seven levels to surpass it on Day 1b. In Level 7 (200/400/50) Sharp became involved in a massive four-way all-in pot that saw him and another player each holding {A-}{K-}. Another player held {A-}{Q-}, while the player with the best hand had {8-}{8-}. The {3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{a-Clubs} flop put Sharp and his counterpart out in front, and they'd end up chopping the pot after the {6-Diamonds} appeared on the turn followed by the {9-Clubs} river. That pot boosted Sharp's stack to 150,000.

In Level 9 (300/600/75), a big hand took place that saw Sharpe get richer. It happened when Eddie Blumenthal opened and an unknown player in Seat 1 three-bet to 7,500. Sharpe then opted to move all in from the button and put the pressure on his opponents. Blumenthal thought long and hard before calling off for around 45,000 with {A-}{K-}, Seat 1 did the same with the {A-Spades}{J-Spades}, but both players were behind the {A-}{A-} of Sharp. The ten-high flop, which contained two spades, made things interesting, as did the {Q-} turn, but the {7-Diamonds} blanked on the river and Sharp scored the double elimination to chip up to 185,000.

Others who fell on Day 1a included Larry Ormson, Arkady Tsinis, Rex Clinkscales, Jason Mayfield, Kat Bowen, Bernard Lee, Mitch Schock, Tripp Kirk, and Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon. All of those players opted to re-enter on Day 1b, but only the first four from that list made it through to Day 2.

While many fell, a laundry list of notables are still in contention. They include the defending champ Scott Stanko (19,500); the all-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Alex Masek (27,400); the all-time WSOP Circuit leader for most cashes Doug “Rico” Carli (43,000); the Brothers Hinkle, Blair and Grant (46,200 and 78,500); five-time ring winner Ari Engel (63,000); and WSOP bracelet winner Robert Cheung (92,500).

Day 2 is set to kick off at noon CST. Registration is open up to the start of play, which means official numbers won’t be available until Sunday afternoon. Of course PokerNews will be on hand to bring you all the live updates from that event, so be sure to follow along.

Tags: Scott Sharpe

Top End of Day 1b Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Scott Sharpe us
Scott Sharpe
us 289,500 79,500
Mark Fink us
Mark Fink
us 165,900 25,900
Jeff Brin us
Jeff Brin
us 155,200 132,200
Vern Laing
Vern Laing
129,700 129,700
Anthony Martinez us
Anthony Martinez
us 105,200
Brian Massey
Brian Massey
104,100
Nathan Bjerno us
Nathan Bjerno
us 79,100 22,100
Joe Elpayaa us
Joe Elpayaa
us 57,900 57,900
Javon Sudar
Javon Sudar
56,000 -9,000
Arkady Tsinis
Arkady Tsinis
54,900 900
Larry Scholl
Larry Scholl
52,400 -37,600
Jason Mayfield us
Jason Mayfield
us 47,000 35,500
Blair Hinkle us
Blair Hinkle
us 46,200 17,200
Rex Clinkscales us
Rex Clinkscales
us 42,800 17,200
Larry Ormson us
Larry Ormson
us 23,600 5,600
Henry Tran ca
Henry Tran
ca 20,500 -4,500
Joel Merwick
Joel Merwick
16,000 -14,000

Four More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Just like the Day 1a flight, the remaining players will play four more hands before calling it a night. The clock currently says 49 of 128 players remain, though we'll have official numbers in a bit. In the meantime, we're headed out to the floor to capture any last-minute action and gather some chip counts.

"How Do You Like Me Now?"

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Larry Ormson has been working with a short stack for the past few hours, but you can't keep a good man down. In a recent hand, Ormson got his last 9,000 all in preflop holding the {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} and was up against the {K-Spades}{10-Diamonds} of Henry Tran.

"Jack," Ormson exclaimed on the {4-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} flop. "How do you like me now?"

Ormson's reaction inspired a few chuckles from around the room, and the {7-Clubs} turn was put out on the turn followed by the {2-Clubs} river. "Nice hand, sir," Tran offered.

"Yeah it was," Ormson deadpanned, once again eliciting laughter.

Henry Tran ca
Henry Tran
ca 25,000 -9,000
Larry Ormson us
Larry Ormson
us 18,000 9,000

Tags: Larry OrmsonHenry Tran

Sudar Looking to Capture the WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs Title for a Second Time

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Jovan Sudar won Event #2 $365 NLHE Turbo at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Picture courtesy of the WSOP.
Jovan Sudar won Event #2 $365 NLHE Turbo at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Picture courtesy of the WSOP.

Javon Sudar is no stranger to the WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs. Earlier at this stop, he took down Event #2 $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo for $12,434 and his second gold ring. His first? The WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs Main Event back in the 2009/2010 season. That tournament, which was a $5,150 buy-in, attracted 46 runners and saw Sudar take home $95,455.

Sudar is going strong here on Day 1b of the Main Event and is sitting with 65,000. Could he take down the title once again? That's a question that won't be answered tonight.

Meanwhile, Bernard Lee has been eliminated from the tournament.

Javon Sudar
Javon Sudar
65,000 65,000
Bernard Lee us
Bernard Lee
us Busted

Tags: Javon Sudar

Lang's Five-Bet Does the Trick

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Action folded to Blair Hinkle in the cutoff and he opened for 2,400. The button folded and then Doug Lang three-bet to 6,200 from the small blind. The big folded, Hinkle four-bet 12,400,and Lang wasted little time in five-betting all in. Hinkle, who was the shorter stack, snap-folded.

Doug Lang
Doug Lang
56,000
Blair Hinkle us
Blair Hinkle
us 29,000 -8,000

Tags: Blair HinkleDoug Lang

Level: 12

Day 1b (600/1,200/200)

Kirk, Schock and Ilich Done and Dusted

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Tripp Kirk has been sent to the rail for the second time today. We didn't catch the hand, but Bernard Lee was kind enough to fill us in. According to him, Larry Scholl opened for 2,100 only to have Kirk move all in. The player in Seat 8 then moved all in over the top and Scholl folded. Kirk tabled [Kx}{Q-} but failed to improve against Seat 8's {A-}{J-}.

Meanwhile, Mitch Schock and Drazen Ilich have been eliminated from the tournament while Mark Fink has chipped up to 160,000. The events were all unrelated.

Mark Fink us
Mark Fink
us 160,000 63,000
Drazen Ilich us
Drazen Ilich
us Busted
Mitch Schock us
Mitch Schock
us Busted
Tripp Kirk us
Tripp Kirk
us Busted

Tags: Drazen IlichLarry SchollMitch SchockTripp Kirk

Clinkscales Doubles; Ormson Triples

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We didn't catch the preflop action, but we do know both Rex Clinkscales and Larry Ormson ended up all in and were at risk against a player in early position. Ormson only had 4,300, and Clinkscales had 12,800 more than that.

Clinkscales: {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}
Ormson: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Opponent: {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

Both Clinkscales and Ormson were behind and sharing an ace, but that didn't stop them from finding one on the {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Spades} flop. Neither the {5-Hearts} turn nor {9-Spades} river changed a thing and Ormson tripled while Clinkscales took down a sizable side pot.

Rex Clinkscales us
Rex Clinkscales
us 25,600 5,600
Larry Ormson us
Larry Ormson
us 18,000 13,700

Tags: Rex ClinkscalesLarry Ormson