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Graham Takes Slim Lead After Day 1 of the $3,250 High Roller

jeffmcmillan • Level 12: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
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Day 1 of WSOP Circuit Foxwoods Event #11 $3,250 High Roller has come to a close. The high buy-in event attracted 41 entries, many of which were re-entries from busted players. At the end of the day, 19 players were left with chips.

Day 1 action would produce no runaway chip leader as four players are within 15,000 of each other at the top of the counts. Circuit Ring winner Luke Graham finished the day with the slight lead, bagging 155,500. Graham had a steady rise in chips throughout as he started to take some from early day leader Adam Demersseman in the middle part of the day and ended on top as some of the other larger stacks dropped chips before play ended.

Dennis Brand finished the day second in chips with 149,000, The WSOP Circuit veteran was helped in large part by an elimination on the last hand of the night when his ace-king eliminated Yoon Choi.

Well-known Brazilian player Josias Santos took the headlines for much of the day as he surged to the chip lead when his top pair with ace-queen on a queen-high flop called the all-in of defending champion Brock Wilson and busted his pocket tens. Santos would lose a bit of his stack in the last level of the night when he doubled up James Frangoulidis to drop his stack to third place with 145,500.

In fourth place and also within striking distance was Tarun Gulati, who finished the night with 141,500 as he entered the tournament after cashing in the Main Event earlier in the day.

A few of the other players who will be returning for Day 2 include Matthew Wantman (121.500), Steven Tabb (93,500), David Stefanski (71,500) and Kevin Calenzo (51,000).

A few players who busted before the end of play were Michael Wang, Jason Campbell and Vincent Moscati, just to name a few.

Day 2 will resume Monday, August 26 at 2 p.m. local time. Registration has not closed yet and players have the option to enter just before the start of play. It is expected that a handful of late entries will take their seats to join the remaining 19.
Play will resume at Level 13 with blinds at 1,000/2,000 and a 2,000 big blind ante. Meaning that the average stack will be 38 big blinds.

PokerNews will cover all of the Day 2 action, so make sure to follow along as the high roller plays down to a conclusion.

Tags: Adam DemerssemanBrock WilsonDavid StefanskiDennis BrandJames FrangoulidisJason CampbellJosias SantosLuke GrahamMatthew WantmanMichael WangSteven TabbVincent Moscati