Day 1B of the Harveys Tahoe Main Event is complete. Today’s turnout
was almost twice as high as Day 1A, as 252 players took their seats
today. Only 51 survived and bagged chips at the end of the night, led by
Johnny Neckar with 299,500.
With Day 1A’s 138 runners, the Main Event attracted a total of 390
entries, forming a prize pool of $585,000. Forty-five players will be
paid, each earning at least $2,644. The winner will walk away with
$128,699, as well as a Circuit ring and a free entry in the National
Championship at Caesars Atlantic City in the spring.
Among the Day 1B survivors were Dan Owen, who finished in 32nd place at the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas in July, and Austin Buchanan, who is currently at the top of the Circuit points leaderboard.
Neckar is the overall chip leader after both Day 1 flights. He is followed by Joey Weissman, who finished Day 1A with 267,000.
Defending champion Cary Marshall played today and although he went deep, he busted out near the end of the day, so there will be no repeat winner. Of the seven preliminary event winners who played, all have been eliminated except Iris Kuzu, the winner of event 1. She made it to day two with 92,000.
Another notable player in today's field was two-time WSOP bracelet winner Howard 'Tahoe' Andrew. He survived the day and returns with a below-average stack of 42,000.
Doug 'Rico' Carli, who holds the record for the most WSOP Circuit cashes of 82, played today, but did not survive. Other notables who did not make the cut are Casino Champion points leader Shawn Daniels, and second in points Jesse Capps. Daniel Lowery is third on the leaderboard with 57.5 points and he will return for day two with 96,500.
Day 2 begins at noon on Sunday with a combined field of 82 players. The average stack is 95,000. Play is scheduled for ten 60-minute levels.
Here are the top ten in chips at the start of Day 2:
||CITY / STATE / COUNTRY
||TABLE / SEAT
||BLUE RIVER, WI, US
||29 / 9
||BOCA RATON, FL, US
|| 42 / 8
||Las Vegas, NV, US
||50 / 2
||HONOLULU, HI, US
||44 / 3
||Carmichael, CA, US
|| 44 / 8
||SHOREWOOD, IL, US
||28 / 7
||OAKLAND, CA, US
||44 / 2
||WINTER PARK, FL, US
||48 / 1
||SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US
||47 / 5
||Santa Clara, CA, US
||48 / 2