Las Vegas, 3/30/2019 -- Justin Young has emerged atop the leaderboard after two starting flights of the $1,700 Main Event at Bally's Las Vegas.
Young (647,000) paced the Day 1B field, which attracted 357 entrants with 71 advancing through 15 levels of play and onto Day 2. He climbed the leaderboard steadily throughout the day, but scored a big win late in the day, taking a nearly 400,000 chip pot from Will Givens. Rounding out the top three from the Day 1B field are Robbie Calhoun (360,000) and Jessie Yaginuma (334,000).
Ryan Olisar (583,000) bagged the chip lead after Day 1A and will start Day 2 in second place when the two fields combine at noon on Sunday.
Overall, there were 607 entrants in the Main Event, generating a prize pool worth $919,605. The top 63 players will make the money with the eventual winner taking home $193,147, a WSOP Circuit Ring, and an entry into the 2019 WSOP Global Casino Championship. Day 2 will begin with 118 players who advanced through the two opening flights. Full prizepool information can be found on the payouts tab.
The Day 1B field included 357 entries, including a number of WSOP Bracelet and Circuit Ring winners. Among those joining Young in advancing onto Day 2 are Ankush Mandavia (221,500), Will Givens (112,000), Wendy Freedman (152,000), Tony Dunst (194,000), David Peters (109,500), and Ari Engel (139,500).
But Day 1B also saw a number of notable names hit the rail. Among those who failed to make it to Day 2 were Anthony Zinno, Jessica Dawley, Joshua Turner, Jean Gaspard, Craig Varnell, Ben Yu, Warren Sheaves, Dylan Wilkerson, Chris Ferguson, Cord Garcia, Brian Yoon, Kathy Liebert, Jared Jaffee, Chris Moorman, Dutch Boyd, Marshall White, and Dan Heimiller.
Day 2 will begin Sunday at noon with players scheduled for another 10 levels of play. Levels on Day 2 will increase to 60 minutes in length with a dinner break scheduled after Level 21.