Mark Garner is Day 1 Chip Leader at Grand Tunica Casino WSOP Circuit

   With 29 players left at the end of Day 1, Mark Garner will start Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit championship event at Grand Casino Tunica leading with 263,5 00 chips. Garner (not to be confused with Markie Garner, who won the seniors event here earlier) is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and cashed 25th in the 2006 WSOP Championship event, earning

Table Seat     Player     Hometown   Chips
3 3 Mark Garner  Little Rock, AR 263,500
4 2 John Devia  FL   250,500
1 1 Dale Morrow  Horn Lake, MS 240,500
4 5 Jesse Dean     220,500
4 6 Charles Horvath MS   205,000
3 2 Vanessa Rousso Hobe Sound, FL 180,500
4 4 Spencer Hudson Austin, TX  177,500
2 2 Giovanni Maracci Brooksville, FL 166,500
2 7 Dustin Bailey  Center, TX  165,000
4 7 Josh Arieh  Atlanta, GA  152,000
3 4 Ben Sabrin     149,000
1 6 Jordan Rich  Portland, OR  142,000
2 9 Frankie Havard Wade, MS  132,500
2 3 Tom Schneider Scottsdale, AZ  120,000
1 5 Tom Franklin  Gulfport, MS  112,500
1 8 Bart Tichelman Atlanta, GA  111,500
4 3 Donald Nicholson Oak Ridge, TN 109,500
3 8 Larry Starkweather Fort Atkinson, WI 93,000
2 1 Ryan Young  Torrance, CA  88,500
2 5 Jeremiah Vinsant Murfreesboro, TN 84,500
4 9 Billy Jackson  Hico, TX  69,500
3 5 Jesse D. Maupin Rockwall, TX  66,500
1 2 Tim Frostad  Regina, SK, Canada 66,000
1 4 Charles Cardin Madisonvile, TN 65,000
1 3 Kenny Milam  La Place, LA  46,000
1 9 Harbaugh  Atlanta, GA  43,000
3 9 Lee Markholt  Eatonville, WA 37,000
2 4 Dean Schultz  Akron, OH  32,000
3 7 Gene Baverlein St. Petersburg, FL 10,000

   Day 1 was scheduled to end after seven levels or when 27 players were left.
   A total of 180 players turned out for this main event, generating a prize pool of $1,350,000. First place will pay $432,840 along with a gold trophy ring and a seat into this years's WSOP championship plus expense money. Players were eliminated fairly quickly in early action, but the pace slowed as the evening wore on, especially when it began to get close to the 27.                                              
   Players making the final table will get an extra day of rest because this event has been rescheduled for three days instead of four. They will play down to the final nine tomorrow, have Sunday free and then return on Monday.                                 
   A number of name players got the day off even earlier. Kathy Liebert and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi were eliminated within the first four hours of play on day one, and Gavin Smith a couple of hours later. Players were eliminated fairly quickly in early action, but the pace slowed later that evening. As play progressed, Tony Cousineau, Bill Edler, John Phan, John Racener (who won the Circuit championship at Atlantic City last month) Bret "Gank" Jungblat, Allen Kessler and Chad Brown were among the better-known players to exit.
   Down to four tables, and with 2 a.m. approaching, two of the few "name" players remaining tangled as Vanessa Rousso (the final woman left in the tournament) knocked out David "Devilfish" Ulliott. He was all in with A-7 suited, and she beat him with A-Q.
Rousso finished the day in sixth place with 180,500 chips. Players started with 20,000 chips, and average is 124,138.
   Players will return at noon tomorrow. --Max Shapiro