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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - HORSESHOE BALTIMORE (Maryland)

Friday, August 28, 2015 to Monday, August 31, 2015

Event #10: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: 437
  • Remaining: 140
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8/29/2015 5:15:38 PM PST (about 1 hours and 16 minutes ago)
 
Chase Bianchi Out in Front as Baltimore Main Event Heads to Day 2
 

Chase Bianchi

Play resumes Sunday at noon ET. Registration remains open until cards go in the air.

The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event continued at Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Md. Saturday as the second of two starting flights in the $1,675 finale kicked off at 11 a.m. ET. East Coast grinders, amateurs and pros alike turned out in groves to compete for their share of a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, a Circuit gold ring and a berth in the WSOP Global Casino Championship. Following two starting days, just 140 remain with Chase Bianchi (pictured) leading the way.

Bianchi caught a surge of cards late in Flight B to bag the far-and-away lead of 223,500 chips. That pace puts him nearly 40,000 ahead of second place Ting Xiao who bagged the largest stack in Flight A. Those joining the pair at the top for Day 2 include defending champion Chris Csik, three-time ring winner Dan Gilmer, Russ Head, Nick Guagenti, Vinny Pahuja, DJ MacKinnon, Asher Conniff and Steve Karp.

A complete list of Day 2 players and their chip counts is available under the "Reports" tab above.

The tournament attracted some of the WSOP’s top brass, including current November Nine chip leader Joseph McKeehen, last month’s WSOP National Championship winner Loni Harwood, bracelet winners Chris Tryba, Ryan Eriquezzo and Robert Cheung as well as former November Niners Dennis Phillips and Steve Dannenman. Also joining the list of notables on the East Coast were Darryll Fish and Vincent Moscati. The latter pair played alongside Harwood at the National Championship final table before finishing third and fifth respectively.

Despite a laundry list of accomplishments and millions of dollars in earnings, the above lot only yielded two Day 2 participants. Those honors go to Tryba and Moscati who each used three entries en route to their Day 2 berth. Tryba holds a slight over Moscati with 77,500 chips to Moscati’s 45,300.

Play resumes tomorrow at noon with blinds of 800/1,600 and 200 ante. Registration closes when cards go in the air and complete prize pool information will be posted shortly thereafter. As of now, the current field stands at 447 entries. Live updates will be provided throughout the tournament’s conclusion on WSOP.com.

Here’s a look at the top 10 stacks heading to Day 2:

1. Chase Bianchi - 223,500
2. Ting Xiao - 184,000
3. Tom Markides - 177,600
4. Adam Cirnigliaro - 172,100
5. Chris McCoy - 163,700
6. Nicholas Verderamo - 152,400
7. Dan Gilmer - 142,300
8. James Kraetz - 140,600
9. Ryan Blank - 127,600
10. Thai Ha - 125,300

Full chip counts and chip counts arranged by table/seat are available under the "Reports" tab above.

8/29/2015 5:03:56 PM PST (about 1 hours and 28 minutes ago)
 
Chase Bianchi Takes the Chip Lead
 
Joe Reddick and Chase Bianchi

Chase Bianchi (right) opens with an under-the-gun raise, and the small blind calls. Joe Reddick (left) three-bets to 8,500 in the big blind, and both opponents call.

The flop is , and it checks to Bianchi. He bets 12,000, and only Reddick calls to proceed. Heads-up now, the turn is the , and Reddick checks again. Bianchi bets 22,000, and Reddick calls.

The river is the , and Reddick checks for a third time. Bianchi bets 60,000, drawing a long pause from his opponent. After several minutes, Reddick folds.

Bianchi shows as the dealer pushes him the big pot, and he's now the overall chip leader with just about 200,000 chips.

Chase Bianchi - 200,000
Joe Reddick - 105,000

8/29/2015 4:53:07 PM PST (about 2 hours and 38 minutes ago)
 
Four More Hands
 

The clock reads 10 minutes remaining and tournament staff just announced dealers will deal four more hands before the conclusion of Flight B. A full recap and complete Day 2 chip counts will be posted within the next hour.

8/29/2015 4:40:48 PM PST (about 2 hours and 51 minutes ago)
 
Peter Lee Eliminates Two, Including Joe McKeehen
 

According to players at the table, Joe McKeehen opened in middle position with a raise to 2,500. After a player moved all in for 8,000, Peter Lee shoved all in for around 30,000 from late position. The action folded around to McKeehen who snap-called for the remainder of his stack.

McKeehen:
Lee:
Third Player:

Lee spikes a set on the flop to jump in front. He improves to a full house on the turn and the river is the , sending the pot to Lee and eliminating two players.

Peter Lee - 75,000
Joe McKeehen - Eliminated

8/29/2015 4:39:19 PM PST (about 2 hours and 52 minutes ago)
 
Lee Childs Eliminated by Joe Reddick
 

Joe Reddick and Lee Childs get the last of Childs' short stack in preflop. Reddick has the best of it holding against the of Childs.

The flop comes improving neither player.

The turn is the pairing Childs and giving him the unlikely lead in the hand.

The river hits Reddick hard, falling the and giving him a better pair.

"It giveth and it taketh away," a tablemate says to Childs as he hits the rail.

Joe Reddick - 145,000
Lee Childs - Eliminated
8/29/2015 4:28:43 PM PST (about 2 hours and 3 minutes ago)
 
One More Level
 
Level 12 marks the last level of the night. Players will log just 40 more minutes of play before they bag and tag set to join yesterday's Flight A advancers for Day 2 tomorrow at noon ET.
8/29/2015 4:22:28 PM PST (about 2 hours and 9 minutes ago)
 
Level 12 Started
 
Level:12  Blinds:600/1,200  Ante:200
8/29/2015 4:21:12 PM PST (about 2 hours and 10 minutes ago)
 
Dennis Tsai's Ace-Kings Bests Ace-King AIPF
 

The under-the-gun player raises to 2,500. Dennis Tsai, on the UTG's immediate left, raises to 7,000. It folds to the small blind who shoves for 15,900. The UTG player folds and Tsai calls. The hands are tabled.

Tsai:
Small blind:

The flop and turn come bringing three clubs and the small blind stands in disgust that he has to sweat a river flush for Tsai. The dealer wastes no time burning, then turning the improving Tsai to a flush and awarding him the pot. The small blind hits the rail and Tsai rakes an unexpected pot.

Dennis Tsai - 46,000

8/29/2015 4:20:19 PM PST (about 2 hours and 11 minutes ago)
 
Mark Redding Eliminated
 
8/29/2015 4:19:35 PM PST (about 2 hours and 12 minutes ago)
 
Vinny Pahuja Eliminated, Re-Enters
 

Vinny Pahuja is all in for 7,100 preflop, and a player behind him reraises, isolating Pahuja with a chance at the knockout.

Pahuja:
Opponent:

The board runs out , and Pahuja is eliminated. He heads straight for the cashier to use his second and final bullet for Day 1B.

8/29/2015 4:15:47 PM PST (about 2 hours and 16 minutes ago)
 
Chase Bianchi Keeps Stacking
 

Chase Bianchi opens with a raise to 2,500 and only the player in the cutoff calls.

On the flop, Bianchi continues, and bets 4,000. His opponent calls, and the two see the fall on the river. Bianchi bets again, this time for 8,000. Again, his opponent calls, and the river is the .

Bianchi grabs a stack of the maroon 5,000 chips and drops them into the middle, putting his opponent all in. Bianchi's aggression pays off as his opponent tosses his cards into the muck and Bianchi scoops the sizable pot.

Chase Bianchi - 136,000

8/29/2015 4:10:30 PM PST (about 2 hours and 21 minutes ago)
 
You Check, You Lose
 

The board is complete and it reads . Michael Pollack is in middle position in a heads-up pot against chip leader Tom Markides. Pollack checks. Markides bets out 15,000. Pollack goes into the tank for a minute or so before he finds a fold. The dealer starts to push the pot the way of Markides, but not before he flashes the .

"Put it in the book," Markides laughs. "You check, you lose."

The pot puts Markides well over 200,000 chips and firmly in the lead late in Flight B.

Tom Markides - 219,000

8/29/2015 4:00:10 PM PST (about 3 hours and 31 minutes ago)
 
Chris Tryba Trending Up
 

Chris Tryba opens with a raise to 2,000 in the cutoff and only the player in the big blind calls, making it heads up to the flop.

On the flop, the big blind checks and Tryba bets 2,500. Tryba's opponent calls and the pair see the fall on the turn. Both players check and the river is the . This time, the player in the big blind bets 4,000 and Tryba snap-calls.

The big blind tables for a pair of sevens with an ace, but Tryba shows to scoop the pot with two pair, queens and sevens.

Chris Tryba - 74,000

8/29/2015 3:42:51 PM PST (about 3 hours and 49 minutes ago)
 
Level 11 Started
 
Level:11  Blinds:500/1,000  Ante:100
8/29/2015 3:42:27 PM PST (about 3 hours and 49 minutes ago)
 
Cate Hall Makes the Right Call
 

Cate Hall is heads up on a board. After the small blind checks, Hall checks from the button, and the pair see the fall on the river.

The small blind bets 6,000 into the pot of about 12,000 and Hall tanks for about a minute, but eventually calls. The small blind flips for a pair of tens, but Hall holds for a pair of aces. Hall will scoop the pot and is nearing 40,000 in chips.

Cate Hall - 38,000

8/29/2015 3:41:49 PM PST (about 3 hours and 50 minutes ago)
 
Cowboys for Michael Pollack
 

Michael Pollack is in middle position and opens for 2,400. It folds around to the cutoff and he moves all in for just under 20,000. The button and blinds fold. Pollack calls and the hands are tabled.

Pollack:
Cutoff:

The board runs out and Pollack eliminates the cutoff.

Michael Pollack - 48,000

8/29/2015 3:36:57 PM PST (about 3 hours and 55 minutes ago)
 
Darryll Fish Eliminated
 
Darryll Fish

Darryll Fish has used both of his Day 1B bullets, though he does still have the option of buying directly into Day 2 with his third.

On the last hand of his day, Fish opens the button to 2,000, and the small blind three-bets. Fish gets his last 18,000 chips into the middle with against pocket tens, and a board full of blanks sends him to the rail.

Darryll Fish - Eliminated

8/29/2015 3:25:44 PM PST (about 3 hours and 6 minutes ago)
 
Joey Wideman Flops a Set Versus Aces
 

A middle-position player opens the action for 2,200. It folds to Joey Wideman on the button and he calls. The blinds fold and they're heads up to the flop.

The board comes . The middle-position player leads for 2,000. Wideman raises to 6,000. The middle-position player asks to see Wideman's stack, which now totals 8,100. The middle-position player calls.

Fourth street is the . The middle position player checks. Wideman bets 7,000. The middle-position player plops in three red 5,000 chips putting Wideman all in. Wideman calls and tables for a set. The middle-position is left speechless with , but heads to the river with two outs.

The board completes with the and Wideman doubles through the middle-position player.

Joey Wideman - 34,500

8/29/2015 3:23:17 PM PST (about 3 hours and 8 minutes ago)
 
Asher Conniff Arrives, Departs, Returns
 

Earlier this afternoon, Asher Conniff tweeted that he was on his way to Horseshoe Baltimore.

Conniff arrived straight from the airport during the last break, still carrying his luggage. He took a seat at Table 6 once the level began, and less than three minutes later, he was headed back out the same door through which he entered. Conniff was eliminated, but he marched straight to the cashier to purchase bullet number two.

He's drawn a different seat at the same table for his mulligan, and Conniff's tablemates decide a few good-natured needles are in order as he returns.

8/29/2015 3:04:55 PM PST (about 3 hours and 27 minutes ago)
 
Level 10 Started
 
Level:10  Blinds:400/800  Ante:100
8/29/2015 2:43:58 PM PST (about 4 hours and 48 minutes ago)
 
Break Time
 
Players are now on their final 15-minute break of the night.
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