Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
It was another fantastic day at the 2019 World Series of Poker Internation Circuit in Aruba and it was another action-packed 10 hours of poker in the $1,700 Main Event. There were a total of 136 entries that showed up for Day 1b, slightly surpassing the number of Day 1b. The $250,000 guaranteed prizepool was smashed and tournament organizers couldn't be happier.
Play concluded for the night with just 22 players remaining and Tomas Teran topped them all with 413,000 chips. He was up to over 440,000 at one point after picking up aces versus kings versus sixes in a three-way all-in pot. Teran held on with the best hand which catapulted him to the top of the counts. He will be only one big blind behind the overall chipleader who bagged up 418,000 on Day 1a.
Not far behind Teran is Craig Trost who accumulated a healthy stack of 400,000 chips. Trost, who already has two WSOP Circuit rings to his name, scored the biggest knockout of the tournament thus far when he was also victorious in a three-way all-in. Trost picked up jacks against Greg Merson's kings and another player's ace-queen. A jack on the flop put Trost in the lead and he secured the double knockout. With over $300,000 in career earnings, Trost will be looking to add a third ring to his resume along with his largest career score.
While the date on the calendar changed, not much inside the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino did. The total number of entries nearly mirrored that of Day 1a, attracting just three more in total. Many of the players were also the same who came back for another shot at bagging chips after failing to do so yesterday. In fact, the tournament ended at nearly the exact same time as well and there will be one hand left in level 17 when Day 2 resumes.
Some other notables moving on to Day 2 include Michael Hanson (296,000), Andrew Hills (291,000), Ray Henson (251,000), Jason James (168,000), Andrew Moreno (106,000), Garry Gates (94,000), and Heather Alcorn (69,000). They will join the other 22 players from Day 1a and will only be three places off the money when the action gets underway.
Unfortunately for some others, the day was not as kind to Ronnie Bardah, Mark Kroon, Wendy Freedman, Facundo Vazquez, June Jenkins, Damjan Radonov, and Kimberly McClymont who all failed to advance.
The action will kick off a bit earlier tomorrow for Day 2 which begins at 12 p.m. local time. With just three players off the money, the action should be fairly slow to start before the short stacks attempt to pile their remaining chips in the middle. One thing for sure, they will all have their sights set on the first-place prize of $95,061 and the WSOP gold ring.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to cover the final day of action leading up to the eventual winner. Keep it locked here for all of the live updates and to find who will be crowned the inaugural WSOP Circuit Aruba champion.
With only 22 players remaining, the players are bagging and tagging their chips to return tomorrow. Day 1b finished at nearly the exact same time as Day 1a and that is where they will begin on Day 2.
Michael Hanson raised it up from early position and Emerick Wiatrek shipped all in for around 60,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Hanson made a quick call to put Wiatrek at risk.
Hanson was in a dominating position and the flop of left it that way. The turn was the and the river was the to eliminate Wiatrek. The field is now down to 23 players today and will halt after one more elimination.
Craig Trost raised it up from the hijack and Greg Merson stuck in a three-bet in the cutoff. The big blind four-bet shipped all in for just over 40,000 and Trost attempted to isolate by re-shoving all in. Merson quickly called off his stack of around 135,000 and all three hands were tabled.
The flop came and Trost spiked a jack to take the lead over both players. The hit the turn and the completed the board. Trost's set of jacks held up to eliminate both players and give him the chip lead.
After a couple of preflop raises, John McCann and Bill Brindise got all of their chips in the middle. After once being the chipleader earlier in the day, McCann's tournament life was now at risk for around 85,000 chips.
The flop of provided only backdoor draws for McCann. The on the turn left him drawing dead to the river and Brindise collected the chips.
The remaining 34 players are heading on their last break of the night. They will play until just 22 players remain when they return.
Ray Henson opened to 8,000 in the cutoff and Jason James three-bet to 44,500, leaving himself with just 1,000 behind. Henson pushed all in and James flicked in his last chip.
The flop came and James flopped top pair and a flush draw, leaving Henson drawing to just one out. The on the turn and the on the river could not help Henson who passed over a double up.