With two Day 1s in the books, Jorgen Rasmussen emerges as the chip leader heading into Day 2 of the 2014 WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event. The Port St. Lucie, Fl native bagged 288,000 in chips after playing Day 1A of the event on Friday.
258 players showed up for Day 1A and another 400 showed up on Saturday for Day 1B, which brought the total field size to 658 players, generating a total prizepool of $987,000. 43 players survived 15 levels of No Limit Hold'em on Day 1A and 80 players survived 1B, leaving 123 players still alive for a Circuit Main Event title.
Of the 123 players returning, only 72 will earn a payday. A min-cash is worth $2,764, but all of the players have their eye on the ring, the seat in the National Championship and the first place prize money, which totals $202,335.
Joining Rasmussen near the top of the chip counts is Jordan Cristos, Chris Hunichen, and Luke Graham. All three played Day 1A as well and bagged 281,500, 272,000, and 262,500, respectively. Chad Eveslage was the chip leader at the end of 1B and rounds out the top 5 in chips, having bagged 259,000.
There are plenty of top pros and familiar faces that will be returning to the tournament area on Sunday. Josh Arieh, Mukul Pahuja, DJ MacKinnon, Darryll Fish, Aaron Massey, Ryan D'Angelo and Ronnie Bardah are all still alive and have hopes of taking home a ring and first place prize money.
Jonathan Tamayo won this event last year and took home $206,020. He was unable to defend his title after busting both starting days.
Tamayo wasn't alone in busting two bullets at this event though. Brian Hastings, Ari Engel, Eric Blair, John Dolan, Wendy Freedman, and Joseph Morneau all fired more than one shot at this tournament and came up empty handed. Tristan Wade Andy Seth were also two of the bigger names who busted on Day 1B of the event.
Cards will get in the air at 12 pm EST on Sunday afternoon with the levels being increased from 40 minutes to 60 minutes. Play will resume at Level 16, which is 1,500/3,000 blinds with a 500 ante.
Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts:
1. Jorgen Rasmussen - 288,000
2. Jordan Cristos - 281,500
3. Chris Hunichen - 272,000
4. Luke Graham - 262,500
5. Chad Eveslage - 259,000
6. Cary Marshall - 229,000
7. Anthony Lombard - 216,500
8. Joseph McKeehen - 204,000
9. Daniel Griggs - 203,500
10. Sterling Savill - 200,500
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