You might think that three days into a six-day tournament would represent the halfway point, but in terms of the action, the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the River Rock Casino in Vancouver is just getting started.
The first three days were starting flights, giving players up to three chances to build a stack and survive to Day 2.
When registration closed on Monday (Day 1C), there were 865 entrants in this $1,675 buy-in event, creating a total prize pool of $1,297,500. The final 90 players will finish in the money, with $253,015 waiting for first. The winner will also receive a WSOP ring and a seat into the season-ending WSOP National Championship held in Atlantic City in May.
The nature of tournament poker means most people will fall short, and there were a lot of notables who didn't make it through, even those who entered two or three times. Scott Clements, Ari Engel, Paul Klann, Shawn Buchanan, Daniel Idema, and Gillian Epp all fell short, and they'll have to watch the rest of this one from the rail.
But history is written by the victors, and attention now turns to the top of the leader board heading into Day 2:
1. Ronald Wong - 293,000
2. Jesse Wilke - 263,500
3. Vikas Sonohi - 259,500
4. Chu Ming So - 232,000
5. Barry Marcopoulos - 225,000
6. Peter Redekopp - 213,500
7. Richard Ho - 203,500
8. Charles Shapiro - 194,000
9. Karim Chatur - 191,500
10. Dustin Centanni - 185,000
Some of the notable players who finished with above-average chip stacks include Kevin MacPhee (156,500), Tyler Patterson (143,000), and Canadian local Calen McNeil (116,500).
McNeil won his first WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas back in June, and entered this event after a second-place finish in a preliminary event two days earlier, so he may have momentum on his side.
The players return to the felt at 12:00 noon PT on Tuesday. The money bubble will likely burst before the dinner break, so be sure to return to WSOP.com to check out the action.