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$1,700 Main Event



$1,700 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Noah Shefrin Bags Day 1b Chip Lead in Horseshoe Baltimore Main Event; Ryan Jones Leads Overall

MartianNews • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Noah Shefrin
Noah Shefrin

The second flight of the World Series of Poker $1,700 Main Event at the Horseshoe Baltimore came to an end on Saturday night after 16 grueling levels. A total of 162 registration slips were sold and when the dust had settled only 27 of those found a bag, bringing the total number of Day 2 births to an even 50.

Leading the way from Day 1b was Noah Shefrin, who shot up like a rocket during the later stages of the day, ending the night with an impressive 465,500. It was not enough to take over the tournament lead headed into Day 2, but more than enough to finish atop the flight.

Jason Leadingham is nipping at the heels of the leader with 434,000 and will be one of the bigger stacks to look out for on Day 2. Jeremy Meacham (402,500), Shinya Shimada (306,000), and Joseph Cashen (290,500) all round out the top five from the Day 1b flight.

Day 1b ended with Shefrin atop the leaderboard but it is Ryan Jones who will be in the driver's seat at the start of Day 2. Jones is a well-known pro from Burlington, North Carolina who has two WSOP Circuit rings, both of which came in main events. Jones has the lead and all the experience to take down the tournament, so keep an eye on him as he looks to add another feat to his stacked resume.

Top 10 After Day 1 Flights

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ryan JonesUnited States467,000117
2Noah ShefrinUnited States465,500116
3Jason LeadinghamUnited States434,000109
4Jeremy MeachamUnited States402,500101
5Peter VitantonioUnited States307,50077
6Shinya ShimadaJapan306,00077
7Joseph CashenUnited States290,50073
8Charles JohnsonUnited States286,50072
9Joseph MalebrancheUnited States274,00069
10Chris CanningUnited States251,50063

The second flight started off a little quicker than the first, having almost double to start the day than the previous. Day 1a pulled in a total of 141 entry slips with only 23 securing a spot by night's end. The Day 1b flight looked like it was well on its way to surpassing the number needed to reach the half a million guarantee, but fell short as only 162 slips were handed out. At the end of the second flight, there were 27 that found a bag, bringing the total of Day 2 players to 50.

A total of 303 entries were accumulated between the two flights, gathering a prize pool of $459,045 which fell short of the guarantee that was set. The casino will be dipping into their own pocket to bump the total prize pool up to half a million and a full detailed list of the payouts will be posted tomorrow as soon as they are locked in stone by the staff.

Some regulars who will be starting Day 2 include Lara Eisenberg (235,500), F. Siddiqui (234,500), Michael Wang (226,500), David Moses (200,500), John Gorsuch (181,000), Ryan Van Sanford (175,000), Justin Liberto (147,500), and Christian Harder (92,000).

The second day will begin at noon on Sunday. Blinds will resume on level 16 at 2,000/4,000 and a 4,000 big blind ante. The levels will be 60 minutes in length with 10 levels on the schedule for tomorrow or until the final table has been reached. There will be a 15-minute break after every two levels of play and a 75-minute dinner break after level 21. The remaining players will return for Day 3 and play down until a champion is crowned.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing the live updates throughout the event, so stay tuned as all of the action unfolds!

Tags: Christian HarderDavid MosesJason LeadinghamJoseph CashenJustin LibertoMichael WangRyan Van Sanford

Seating Chart

MartianNews • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerChip Count 
22Scott Burnham23,000 
23William Zgorski178,000 
24Johnathan Gilliam186,000 
27Michael Wang226,500 
31Ryan Tamanini134,500 
32Lilliana Martinly79,000 
33Tim Faro241,500 
34Benjamin Lindowski63,500 
35Andrew Stein70,000 
36Jesse Carreno143,000 
37Ryan Jones467,000 
38Jeremy Meacham402,500 
39Adam Hendrix18,000 
41Noah Shefrin465,500 
42Shinya Shimada306,000 
44Charles Johnson286,500 
45Mark Redding128,500 
46F. Siddiqui234,500 
47Justin Liberto147,500 
48Jason Leadingham434,000 
49Brian Jones97,500 
51Christian Harder92,000 
52Joseph Cashen290,500 
53Eyal Alan Doron134,000 
54Lara Eisenberg235,500 
55Ian Davis169,500 
56John Gorsuch181,000 
57Arjun Khosla216,500 
58Peter Vitantonio307,500 
59Sang Kim110,000 
101Nicholas Verderamo88,500 
104Ryan McKnight37,500 
106An Huang188,000 
107Lance Gordon118,000 
108Chris Canning251,500 
109Jeremy Bitten151,000 
111Dennis McGlynn200,000 
114David Moses200,500 
116Kevin Ballard221,000 
118AJ Kelsall90,500 
119Vincent Moscati80,000 
121Alan Gendelman178,500 
122Mike Liang161,500 
124Aviel Rybin212,000 
125Dennis Knoch86,000 
126Chris Grove215,000 
128Steve Karp51,000 
133Ryan Van Sanford175,000 
134Lisa Karl49,500 
137Joseph Malebranche274,000 

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

MartianNews • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Noah Shefrin us
Noah Shefrin
us 465,500 45,500
Jason Leadingham us
Jason Leadingham
us 434,000 124,000
Jeremy Meacham us
Jeremy Meacham
us 402,500 97,500
Shinya Shimada jp
Shinya Shimada
jp 306,000 46,000
Joseph Cashen us
Joseph Cashen
us 290,500 55,500
Charles Johnson us
Charles Johnson
us 286,500 -73,500
Chris Canning US
Chris Canning
US 251,500 251,500
Kevin Ballard US
Kevin Ballard
US 221,000 137,000
Arjun Khosla us
Arjun Khosla
us 216,500 81,500
David Moses us
David Moses
us 200,500 175,500
Alan Gendelman us
Alan Gendelman
us 178,500 38,500
Mike Liang US
Mike Liang
US 161,500 161,500
Jeremy Bitten US
Jeremy Bitten
US 151,000 151,000
Jesse Carreno us
Jesse Carreno
us 143,000 53,000
Eyal Doron US
Eyal Doron
US 134,000 99,000
Mark Redding us
Mark Redding
us 128,500
Lance Gordon US
Lance Gordon
US 118,000 -22,000
Sang Kim us
Sang Kim
us 110,000 47,000
Brian Jones us
Brian Jones
us 97,500 97,500
AJ Kelsall us
AJ Kelsall
us 90,500 500
Nicholas Verderamo us
Nicholas Verderamo
us 88,500 -1,500
Dennis Knoch US
Dennis Knoch
US 86,000 -29,000
Vincent Moscati us
Vincent Moscati
us 80,000 -70,000
Andrew Stein us
Andrew Stein
us 70,000
Benjamin Lindowski US
Benjamin Lindowski
US 63,500 63,500

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Play Has Halted for Day 1b

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

The remaining 27 players have bagged for the night. Full end-of-day chip counts and a recap will follow shortly.

Redding Finds a Favorable Runout

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

Mark Redding moved all in for his remaining 51,500 and Eyal Doron isolation shoved over the top. The two tabled their hands and Redding was at risk of elimination.

Mark Redding: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}
Eyal Doron: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

The flop came down {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Redding started to get out of his seat. A {9-Diamonds} landed on the turn and Redding now picked up a straight draw. The unlikely {8-Hearts} peeled off on the river, completing the runner-runner straight for Redding as he took down the pot for a complete double up through Doron.

Mark Redding us
Mark Redding
us 120,000 3,000

Tags: Mark ReddingEyal Doron

Six More Hands

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

Six more hands will be played at each table before the remaining players bag and tag for the night.

Leadingham Keeps Climbing

SandraBarbour • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jason Leadingham
Jason Leadingham

Charles Johnson raised to 12,500 from middle position and action folded to Jason Leadingham who called from the small blind.

The dealer fanned a flop of {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and Leadingham checked. Johnson threw in a bet of 7,500 and Leadingham check-raised to 37,500. Johnson gave up his hand.

Charles Johnson us
Charles Johnson
us 360,000 -10,000
Jason Leadingham us
Jason Leadingham
us 310,000 16,000

Tags: Charles JohnsonJason Leadingham

AJ Kelsall Captures Third Career Gold Ring

MartianNews • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
AJ Kelsall
AJ Kelsall

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is at the Horseshoe Baltimore to live report both the $1,700 Main Event and $3,250 High Roller; however, that is just one of more than a dozen gold ring events that have taken place over the past week. As such, we thought we’d profile some of the preliminary tournaments and those who struck it big.

Event #7: $400 Monster Stack had 227 runners create a $74,910 prize pool that was paid out to the top 35 spots including Justin Liberto (13th - $1,012), Hank Sitton (14th - $1,012), William Hovis (21st - $753), and Anthony Maggio (32nd - $555).

In the end, Andrew “AJ” Kelsall came out on top to win the $17,730 first-place prize and his third gold ring. Originally from Philadelphia but now splitting time between Vegas and Tampa, the 50-year-old is closing in on $1 million in WSOP earnings. While he cherishes the three rings, he really wants a WSOP bracelet.

"I'd trade them all for a bracelet,” he said with a smile.

Final Table Results

1Andrew KelsallTampa, Florida$17,730
2Nicholas VerderamoBaltimore, Maryland$10,957
3Mitchell MantinLas Vegas, Nevada$7,767
4Alan GendelmanFairfax, Virginia$5,610
5Undrakhbold DovdontserenEllicott City, Maryland$4,132
6Sean KlineAbingdon, Maryland$3,104
7Aaron PinsonBaltimore, Maryland$2,378
8Shirey SzalayCordova, Tennessee$1,861
9Gordon RoughtonN/A$1,486

Tags: AJ Kelsall