Joey Brown (pictured) bags as the Flight B chip leader and
will be heading to Day 2 only behind Greg Guth.
Stateline, Nev. (November 7, 2015) -- Flight B has
just come to an end, and with that Day 1 is complete. The first flight
began yesterday and drew 186 players, a slight uptick from last year’s
Flight A in the Main Event here at Harveys Lake Tahoe. Flight B also saw
an increase in players, but it was much larger. Flight B drew an
impressive 290 entries, bringing the total entries of the tournament to
476. It is the largest Main Event Field this property has seen since
the modern Circuit era began in 2010, when Main Events started regularly
playing at the $1,600/$1,675 buy-in level. The increase in attendance
was expected due to most of the prelim events seeing an increase, but
nobody expected such a large increase in participation. The field is 25%
larger than last year’s field, which drew 380 entries.
There were 37 players that bagged from Flight A and 53 players that
managed to bag from Flight B. The 90 players that survived their
starting flights will return Sunday at noon for the Day 2 of the
tournament. The player returning Saturday with most chips is Greg Guth.
Guth bagged 340,500 in Flight A. Nobody in today’s flight was able to
surpass Guth, but one player did manage to crack the 300,000 chip mark.
Joey Brown bagged 302,000 after winning a huge pot in the last level of
play. Brown will head to Day 2 second in chips overall. Rounding out the
top five in chips are Ellen Lambeth (269,000), Robert Georato
(267,500), and Patrick Rhamey (248,000).
Other notables that will be returning tomorrow include, gold bracelet
winner, Jon Andlovec (175,000), three-time gold ring winner, Woody
Moore (130,500), Neil Scott (77,500), Rex Clinkscales (63,000), Brandon
Newsome (50,000), and Craig Gold (39,000).
Craig Gold bagged his chips in Flight A. He used his off day today to
play in Event #11 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo. He is still in
contention for the gold ring with six players remaining. Gold has had an
amazing series thus far, cashing six times and reaching three final
Some of the notables that were less fortunate and did not make it to
Day 2 include two-time gold bracelet winners JC Tran and Howard “Tahoe”
Andrew, four-time gold ring winner, Scott Stewart, 2014 Harveys Lake Casino Champion, Steve Foutty and all-time gold ring winner, Alex Masek.
The 476 player field generated a $714,000 prizepool. The eventual
champion will earn $153,505, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and an automatic
bid to the 2016 Global Casino Championship. The top 54 players will be
paid with 54th place earning $2,742.
The complete payout structure can be found here.
Day 2 is scheduled to begin at noon sharp. The day is slated to play
10 60-minute levels. The bubble is expected to burst shortly before or
after the first break of the day (Level 17 or Level 18).
Here is a look at the top 10 Day 2 chip counts:
1. Greg Guth - 340,500
2. Joey Brown - 302,000
3. Ellen Lambeth - 269,000
4. Robert Georato - 267,500
5. Patrick Rhamey - 248,000
6. Phong Nguyen - 232,000
7. Glenn Miller - 216,500
8. George Saca - 216,000
9. Michael Merz - 199,000
10. Dokynn Kim - 195,000
A complete list of the chip counts can be found on WSOP.com.
Live updates will be available right here, all day long, on WSOP.com.