John Gallaher (pictured) is looking to win a third gold ring. He enters Day 2 of the monster stack event 6th out of the 61 remaining players.

Thursday features Day 2 of the monster stack, plus two more new gold ring events.

The $1 million guaranteed Main Event begins Friday.

Cherokee, N.C. (December 3, 2015) -The monster stack was expected to have a good turnout, but nobody expected the field to grow to what it did. It ended up drawing 941 entries. It was the largest single-entry WSOP Circuit event of the season thus far. Day 2 of the monster stack will get underway Thursday at 2 p.m. The eventual winner will take home $53,641 and a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

At the end of Day 1 there were 61 players remaining. Here is a look at the top chip counts heading into Day 2:

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Marty Debruhl 1,646,000 126 8
2 Joshua Plummer 1,182,000 125 8
3 Derek Updegraff 985,000 123 3
4 Alan Abramson 856,000 122 4
5 Jacqueline Patman 826,000 125 9
6 John Gallaher 573,000 122 5
7 Darrell Hardin 525,000 126 6
8 Ryan Brown 505,000 123 7
9 Fred Boatwright 501,000 127 7
10 Chrales Brown 483,000 128 3


Complete chip counts can be found on WSOP.com.

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Two new gold ring events begin Thursday. They are both no-limit hold'em events and they are similar to one another, they just have different buy-ins. The first new tournament on the day is Event #8 and it has a $580 buy-in. The second is Event #9 and it has a $365 buy-in. More on the tournaments can be found below.

Event #8 - $580 No-Limit Hold'em - Day 1 - 11 a.m.

  • Players begin with 12,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open until the beginning of Level 9 (~3:30 p.m.)
  • Re-entry is not allowed
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long and levels 22+ are 50 minutes long
  • There is a one hour dinner break after Level 12 (~6:45 p.m.)
  • Day 1 is scheduled to last 21 levels
  • Day 2 begins Friday at 2 p.m.
  • $100,000 guaranteed prizepool

Event #9 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em - Day 1 - 4 p.m.

  • Players begin with 10,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open until the beginning of Level 9 (~8:30 p.m.)
  • Re-entry is not allowed
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long and levels 22+ are 50 minutes long
  • There is no dinner break on Day 1
  • Day 1 is scheduled to last 15 levels
  • Day 2 begins Friday at 3 p.m.
  • $50,000 guaranteed prizepool

Thursday's non-gold ring events include:

  • 9 a.m. $100 Mega Satellite into Event #8
  • 2 p.m. $65 Mega Satellite into Event #9
  • 7 p.m. $135 Nightly No-Limit Hold'em ($10,000 Guarantee)

The first of two starting flights of the $1,675 Main Event begins Friday at 11 a.m. The Main Event this year has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

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Wednesday's gold ring winner was Andrew Robinson. He defeated 380 players in Event #6 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em to earn $25k and his fourth career WSOP gold ring.

Here is a look at the most recent Harrah's Cherokee gold ring winners:

Event #3: Roongsak Griffeth defeated 358 players ($580 NLHE) for $41,169

Event #4: Mike Kaczmarek defeated 427 players ($365 NLHE) for $29,462
Event #5: Brian McDaniel defeated 212 players ($365 PLO) for $15,900
Event #6: Andrew Robinson defeated 380 players ($365 NLHE) for $25,078