Elizabeth, IN--With three tables left, Vito Casullo Jr. is the leader with 139,900 chips after the first day's play in the $5,000 WSOP Circuit championship event at Caesars Indiana. Casullo, of Covington, Kentucky, has one prior cash, placing 22nd in an earlier $300 event here.
The 144 entrants were scheduled to play to or 27 players, whichever came first. Play went fast, and we were down to 27 not long after . The finalists will return on Day 2 until a final table of 9 is left for the final day. It shouldn't take long. .
Bryan Sapp, who placed third in the championship event here last year, was in second place with 105,900. Also in good shape, in third place with 97,400 chips, was Tom Schneider, winner of this year's first annual WSOP Player of the Year award. He also had the most spectacular hand of the day when he made quad kings to beat a set of aces.
Hanging in with 25,000 chips was Denny Crum, the former University of Louisville men's basketball coach, and host of the annual Denny Crum Poker Open here, where a portion of all buy-ins is donated to the Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation
Tunica Circuit champion Mark "Pegasus" Smith was down to only 27,400 chips, but he wasn't discouraged. He pointed out when he won the championship last year, he was down to 10,000 with a million chips on the table at one point, started his comeback with quad 9s, and went on to victory.
This being Halloween, Amanda Baker, winner of the $1,000 no-limit event, showed up in a witch's hat, but couldn't do any black magic and was eliminated. Also busting out was Chad "Lilholdem" Batista. After a couple of earlier disputes, he had withdrawn from this event, but later changed his mind and re-registered well after the tournament had started. Overall, the Circuit event here has been a big success, with a number of records being set,
•A total of 6,941 players registered for tournaments, including WSOP events, daily cash tournaments and mega satellites.
•Total prize pool for all events was $2,854,050, including $720,000 for the main event.
•Some 983 single-table satellites ran during this two-week period.
•All-time records were set in event #2, which drew 459 players, the most ever for a $500 event at Caesars Indiana; and in event #10, which drew 290 players, a record field for any $1,000 tournament here.
•Some 1,390 players turned out for a $40,000 freeroll tournament on October 17, the largest field for any single tournament at Caesars Indiana. --Max Shapiro
Here are the chip counts:
SEAT 1Vito Casullo Jr. Covington, KY 139,000
SEAT 2 Denny Crum Louisville, KY 25,000
SEAT 3 John Hegele Beckley, WV 23,900
SEAT 4 Terry Ogle Gatlingburg, TN 34,700
SEAT 5 Kou Vang Woodbury, MN 60,200
SEAT 6 Jim Bugg Paducah, KY 49,800
SEAT 7 Steve Miller Bedford, IN 28,800
SEAT 8 Marc Fratter McKinney, TX 64,900
SEAT 9 Matt Sterling Indiana 77,100
SEAT 1 Carlos Uz Miami Lakes, FL 55,900
SEAT 2 Randall Swope Zanesville, OH 32,100
SEAT 3 Jim Karambinis Park Ridge, IL 13,100
SEAT 4 James Lindsay Hayesville, NC 32,100
SEAT 5 Bryan Sapp Louisville, KY 105,900
SEAT 6 Frank Schinco Saginaw, MI 46,000
SEAT 7 Thomas Hover Las Vegas, NV 48,700
SEAT 8 Tom Schneider Scottsdale, AZ 97,400
SEAT 9 Antonio Spansera Logan, WV 24,800
SEAT 1 Michael Dolan Nashville, TN 87,500
SEAT 2 Mark "Pegasus" Smith Georgetown, KY 27,400
SEAT 3 Chris Viox Glen Carba, IL 56,700
SEAT 4 Terry Quinn Powell, OH 85,100
SEAT 5 Russell James Punta Gorda, FL 68,800
SEAT 6 Chris Moore Chicago, IL 38,300
SEAT 7 Wilbur Futhey Crossville, TN 70,900
SEAT 8 Kevin Stammen Coldwater, OH 26,300
SEAT 9 Robert Starkey Anderson, IL 20,700
For more information, please contact:
Max Shapiro -- WSOP Media Director at (323) 356-3303
Or visit our official website: www.worldseriesofpoker.com
World Series of Poker Commissioner – Jeffrey Pollack
World Series of Poker Tournament Director -- Jack Effel
Caesars Indiana Poker Room Manager – Jimmy Allen
Caesars Indiana Tournament Directors -- Andy Cunningham and Chris Reason