Elizabeth, IN (October 6, 2012) - The question lingering on everyone’s mind this week during the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Circuit Event was what kind of a turnout could be expected for the $1,675 Main Event that kicked off today. Last year, Robert Castoire bested a field of 313 players to take down the top prize of $107,022 and most were wondering if we would again break the 300 entrants mark.
When the dust finally settled on Day One of the Main Event today, 330 total entrants took their shot at a first prize estimated to be more than $100,000 once again. Flight A of the Main Event drew 201 players while Flight B attracted an additional 129. Registration remains open until the start of play tomorrow.
At the end of the day, 175 players punched their ticket to Day Two. Greg Brletich is currently the chip leader with 116,300 followed closely by the 115,100 of Sean Winter. Among those who finished near the top of the chip counts include Mike Iacovone , Stephen Dodd, Chad Eveslage and William Newman.
A number of top name pros advanced as well, including Eric Baldwin, Kathy Liebert, Tom Franklin, Rex Clinkscales, Doug Carli and Corey Burbick.
While Scott Carroll currently holds the Casino Champion points lead with 67.5, he did not enter into the Main Event. Chris Karambinis, currently in second place with 60 points, advanced in Flight A with an above average stack and looks to make a run at the automatic seat in the World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship.
Not surprisingly, Aaron Massey remains the center of attention at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Massey, who won his first WSOP Circuit Ring in the $365 No-Limit Hold ‘em Turbo just last night, was eliminated in Flight A. However, his second bullet put him through to Day Two.
Aside from looking to win back-to-back Circuit Rings, Massey finished third in this very event last year, cashing for $48,059.
Play is set to resume at 1pm tomorrow and play for 12 levels.