Brian Altman takes a commanding chip lead into the final day of play in the Coconut Creek Main Event
February 18, 2018 (Coconut Creek, FL) - Day 2 of the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek wrapped up just after the stroke of midnight on Monday morning with Brian Altman holding a commanding chip lead with 15 players remaining.
Altman is looking to take down his second Circuit Main Event title after a victory at Casino de Montreal last April. He finished the day with 3,215,000 in chips, which is almost 1,400,000 more than his closest competitor.
It won’t be an easy road to his second ring, with plenty of talent lurking behind him. Ryan Gianquitti (1,820,000), Mike Linster (1,580,000), David Gunas (1,480,000) and Kammar Andries (1,395,000) round out the top five counts. Linster is a regular in high-stakes tournaments and Gunas is also trying for his second ring after winning the $365 Monster Stack at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood last September.
Further down in the counts are former November Niner Kevin Schaffel, AJ Kelsall and Joe Elpayaa. Kelsall is arguably the most well-rounded player remaining, having cashed in nearly every poker variant spread at the WSOP. Elpayaa was arguably one of the best tournament players on the internet before Black Friday. Dominique Mosley is right in the middle of the counts and could win back-to-back tournaments after winning the $3,250 High Roller event just a few days ago.
The day started at noon on Sunday with the final 155 players returning to the Pavilion area, all of whom were looking to finish in the top 90 spots and secure a cash. The bubble burst just before the end of the third level of play when Josias Santos was eliminated by LaVann Williams. Williams went on to survive the day and finished the day with 1,345,000, good for sixth in chips.
Players hit the rail at a rapid pace after the bubble burst and plenty of talented pros exited before the day’s end. Jerry Wong, Marshall White, Matt Stout, Irene Carey, Paul Balzano, TK Miles, Ian O’hara, Chad Eveslage, Jake Schwartz, Lytle Allen, Jordan Meltzer and Justin Harvell were just a few of the familiar faces that hit the rail, but secured a cash in the process. Harvell made the deepest run of the group, finishing in 36th place for $4,931.
The players will be returning to tournament area at noon on Monday to play down to a winner, but the $241,898 first place money and a seat into the 2018 Global Casino Championship isn’t the only thing on the line. The Casino Champion title is still up for grabs.
Martin Ryan jumped out to a substantial lead after winning his fifth ring and a fourth-place finish in the High Roller, but Karthik Ramakrishnan overtook him by surviving this long in the Main.
Ramakrishnan comes into the final day of play with 335,000 and is one of the shortest stacks. If he makes a comeback and wins the event, then he would receive no points towards the victory, leaving the title for Ryan or Andries. The only scenarios in which Andries win involve (1) him finishing third or better and (2) Ramakrishnan either falling early or winning the Main Event.
When cards get back in the air, blinds will be 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante. Everybody will be guaranteed $15,072 and they will play down to the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion.
Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts:
1st: Brian Altman – 3,215,000
2nd: Ryan Gianquitti – 1,820,000
3rd: Mike Linster – 1,580,000
4th: David Gunas – 1,480,000
5th: Kammar Andries – 1,395,000
6th: LaVann Williams – 1,345,000
7th: Michael Foley – 1,030,000
8th: Kevin Schaffel – 750,000
9th: Dominique Mosley – 750,000
10th: Jason Hill – 740,000
Complete Chip Counts