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Day 1a Completed

Albrinck Bags Day 1a Chip Lead in Search of Another Title at WSOPc Cherokee

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Brad Albrinck
Brad Albrinck

The opening flight of the WSOP Circuit $1,700 Main Event at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort closed with 59 of 360 players moving on to Day 2. After more than 13 hours of play, Brad Albrinck amassed the largest stack in the room with 504,000 chips, more than 15x his starting stack.

Albrinck is no stranger to a circuit Main Event at Cherokee as he topped the field in December 2016 for his largest career score of over $275,000. The Ohio native has accumulated over $1.2 million in career tournament earnings with the majority of it coming in WSOP events.

Throughout most of the day, Dennis Powell held the chip lead after a strong start but tailed off late to finish with 249,000 chips. Albrinck was quietly going about his business as one of the late entries and emerged near the top of the leaderboard in the last few levels. To cap things off, Albrinck came from behind against Yoon Cheon when he flopped a pair of kings to send Cheon to the rail.

Some other big stacks moving on to Day 2 include Carlos Loving (446,000), Kobie Wilkerson (441,000), Scott Drobes (425,000), and Scott Sanders (404,000). Loving was also one of those who slowly built up a stack throughout the day and finished strong. Wilkerson, on the other hand, caught lightning in a bottle for about an hour of play in order to gain the majority of his chips.

It was a big turnout for the first of two starting flights, but Day 1b is expected to attract plenty of more players. If there is any hope of breaking last year's record attendance of 1,056 entries, Saturday's flight will need to nearly double that of Day 1a. With satellites continuing to run throughout the night and into the wee hours, the event center is expected to be jam-packed.

Many notables took their shot on Day 1a but it wasn't a successful flight for many, and even a single re-entry couldn't help some. Rex Clinkscales, Warren Sheaves, Martin Kozlov, Paulius Vaitiekunas, and Heather Alcorn all burned through two bullets and will likely return for Day 1b. Some others that failed to move on include Maurice Hawkins, Allen Kessler, Mo Nuwwarah, Jake Bazeley, Ryan Eriquezzo, and Eric Salazar.

Some other notables that were fortunate to make it through the day include Ryan Leng (195,000), Steven Grybas (184,000), Josh Reichard (132,000), Stanley Lee (102,000), Irene Carey (100,000), and DJ Alexander (100,000). Leng, a WSOP bracelet winner, was one of the last entries before registration closed and managed to spin up his 30,000 starting stack to nearly 300K before slipping back down.

The action will resume at 11 a.m. tomorrow for Day 1b, which is the last starting flight for the Main Event. Players will begin with a stack of 30,000 chips and late registration will remain open until the start of Level 13. A single re-entry will be permitted throughout the registration period. There will be a 15-minute break after every three levels and a 60-minute dinner break after the ninth level. Action will complete after a full 16 levels or when 16% of the field remains.

Keep it locked here for all of the updates from the tournament floor from the PokerNews live reporting team throughout the entire Main Event.

Tags: Allen KesslerBrad AlbrinckCarlos LovingDennis PowellDJ AlexanderEric SalazarHeather AlcornIrene CareyJake BazeleyJosh ReichardKobie WilkersonMartin KozlovMaurice HawkinsMo NuwwarahPaulius VaitiekunasRex ClinkscalesRyan EriquezzoRyan LengScott DrobesScott SandersStanley LeeSteven GrybasWarren SheavesYoon Cheon

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Brad Albrinck us
Brad Albrinck
us 504,000 -46,000
Carlos Loving us
Carlos Loving
us 446,000
Kobie Wilkerson US
Kobie Wilkerson
US 441,000 -49,000
Scott Drobes us
Scott Drobes
us 425,000 425,000
Scott Sanders us
Scott Sanders
us 404,000 404,000
Robert Gregory
Robert Gregory
Shawn Daniels us
Shawn Daniels
us 341,000 341,000
Tyler Loftis us
Tyler Loftis
us 324,000 324,000
Stephen Bierman us
Stephen Bierman
us 297,000 297,000
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
fr 296,000 296,000
Jesse Reckawitz
Jesse Reckawitz
287,000 287,000
Josh Meltzer
Josh Meltzer
285,000 285,000
Chris Lane
Chris Lane
263,000 263,000
Nicholas Mandikos US
Nicholas Mandikos
US 262,000 -24,000
Dennis Powell us
Dennis Powell
us 249,000 -186,000
Larry Gurney us
Larry Gurney
us 229,000 229,000
Robert Hankins us
Robert Hankins
us 225,000 -88,000
Kenneth Packer US
Kenneth Packer
US 202,000 -16,500
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 195,000 -145,000
Keith Woernle US
Keith Woernle
US 188,000 188,000
Steven Grybas us
Steven Grybas
us 184,000 -48,000
Jason Resha US
Jason Resha
US 181,000 181,000
Greg Paryani
Greg Paryani
180,000 180,000
Adam Hendrix us
Adam Hendrix
us 180,000 -30,000
Richard Farrar
Richard Farrar
175,000 175,000

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Play Concludes for the Night

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

As play in the 16th level of the day came to an end, the remaining 59 players bagged and tagged their chips to return on Sunday for Day 2. A full list of chip counts and a recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Dalton Spikes a Two-Outer

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

As the end of the day looms on the horizon with 60 players remaining, Kendall Dalton found himself all in for 82,000. Dalton was in desperate need of some help from the poker gods when he found himself in a cooler scenario.

Dalton tabled {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} but was up against his opponent's {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}. However, the dealer spread the flop of {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} to give Dalton a full house and the lead in the hand. The {6-Diamonds} on the turn and the {8-Hearts} on the river changed nothing, allowing Dalton to find a much-needed double up.

Kendall Dalton US
Kendall Dalton
US 174,000

Tags: Kendall Dalton

Carey Shoves the Turn

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

There was a limper and Irene Carey completed in the small blind. The big blind checked his option and the dealer fanned the flop of {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}.

Carey checked to her opponent who bet 12,000 and Carey check-raised to 27,000. Her opponent called and the {j-Hearts} landed on the turn. Carey jammed all in for 29,000 and her opponent tanked for nearly two minutes before finally folding.

Irene Carey us
Irene Carey
us 95,000 10,000

Tags: Irene Carey

Albrinck Eliminates Cheon

jeffmcmillan • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Brad Albrinck continues to rise in chips as king-jack busted the ace-jack of Yoon Cheon when a king hit the flop and ran out good for Albrinck from there to bring him even higher up in chips and end Cheon's night just before the conclusion of play.

Brad Albrinck us
Brad Albrinck
us 550,000 200,000
Yoon Cheon us
Yoon Cheon
us Busted

Tags: Brad AlbrinckYoon Cheon

Phillips Loses Back-to-Back Flips vs Mandikos

ajlamers • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

In back-to-back hands, Event #2 winner Tyler Phillips and Event #6 winner Nicholas Mandikos battled it out for all of the chips. In the first hand, Mandikos held pocket nines and held against Phillips' ace-king in order to score a double up.

The cards were back in the air and the two players got all of their chips in the middle again. Mandikos showed {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} again and was flipping with the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} of Phillips.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}{9-Clubs} to give Mandikos quad nines and a stranglehold in the hand. The {3-Diamonds} on the turn meant Phillips was drawing dead to the {3-Spades} on the river. In a matter of two hands, Phillips lost all of his chips and was eliminated from the tournament.

Nicholas Mandikos US
Nicholas Mandikos
US 286,000 211,000
Tyler Phillips us
Tyler Phillips
us Busted

Tags: Tyler PhillipsNicholas Mandikos

Leng Spills Another

jeffmcmillan • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Ryan Leng continued his rapid ascension in chips when his {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts} was shown as the winner on a board of {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. His opponent was collecting his things and walking away as Leng added the boon in chips to his stack.

Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 340,000 219,000

Tags: Ryan Leng