It may have been Day 2 of a Circuit Main Event Hossier Bossier City, but at times, this tournament felt a little more like a home game than a ring event with a National Championship seat up for grabs. After all, longtime Circuit friends Daniel Lowery, Cord Garcia, La Sengphet, Jessie Bryant, and several others all made the money in this tournament, and now Lowery and Garcia are at the final table.
We began with 81 players at the start of today and, after nine levels, we ended with the official final table of nine. Thomas Creel leads the way with 1,792,000 chips, but Sean Small, Jeff Niedelman, and Lowery are also in seven-figure territory. Lowery is making his fifth career Circuit Main Event final table appearance. Earlier this season he came in fifth place at IP Biloxi. He'll be hoping to improve upon that showing here.
Lowery also has bragging rights with friend and fellow final tablist Cord Garcia to consider. Yesterday, the two were the talk of the Day 1B field as they battled back and forth for the chip lead. Tomorrow, they will be battling back and forth for the ring and the more than $150,000 payday. Another player in the middle of the pack when it comes to chips, but near the top of the pack when it comes to experience is 2012 WSOP Main Event eighth place finisher Rob Salaburu, who will come into Day 3 on Monday sixth in chips with 718,000. He has already proven his talents can more than make up for any lack of chips. On Day 1, he was down to 1,100 chips--just over five big blinds at the time--but managed to rally to survive the day. He didn't just survive Day 2, he thrived, climbing up the counts and making the final table.Susan Kattamuri is holding it down for the women of the Circuit, who performed strongly in this tournament, representing over 10% of in the money finishers, as five ladies cashed. Kattamuri is the last one standing, with La Sengphet coming close to the final table in 11th place.Before the final table was set, the tournament had to burst the money bubble. It took just over three hours to get from 81 down to the 45 in the money finishers, with folks like Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier, bracelet winner Robert Cheung, and Yossi Azulay failing to cash.Some of the notables who did make the money, but failed to survive the day were bracelet winner Jordan Smith (39th), last year's Bossier City Main Event winner Jeff Gibralter (35th), ring winner Abraham Araya (31st), Beverly Lange (24th), and three-time ring winner Jessie Bryant (16th).The final nine, who will all be taking home at least $13,000, will be back in action at 12pm CT on Monday to play down to a winner. Until then, here is a look at official chip counts and seat assignments:Seat 1: Thomas Creel - 1,792,000Seat 2: Cord Garcia - 450,000Seat 3: Jeff Niedelman - 1,035,000Seat 4: Susan Kattamuri - 514,000Seat 5: Jason Lang - 276,000Seat 6: James Phelps - 1,410,000Seat 7: Rob Salaburu - 718,000 Seat 8: Sean Small - 1,423,000 Seat 9: Daniel Lowery - 1,144,000