This morning marked the beginning of Day 2 of the $1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event at The Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa where a total of 63 total players returned to battle it out for one of the top 33 in-the-money spots.

A few notable players that finished short of the money today included: Jason Seitz, Rex Clinkscales, Jesse Capps, Janet Fitzgerald, and three time Council Bluffs WSOP Circuit Main Event winner Blair Hinkle.

The money bubble burst in the third level of the day when James Garett was eliminated by Mike Vanier, who would go on to make the final table. 

Allen Kessler was the first elimination after the bubble burst, scoring him $2,875, and his third cash of this series. Shortly after, Maurice Hawkins gained a commanding chip lead over the field when he knocked out T.M. Williams in an 820,000 chip pot with pocket aces against Williams’ pocket sevens.

Within an hour, the final three tables were set. Over the course of the next few hours many notables would hit the rail including WSOP Circuit Dealer Joey Brown (26th - $3,655), Ting Ho (21st - $4,902), Ray Henson (20th - $4,902), Neil Scott (19th - $4,902), and Ryan Tepen (12th - $8,460).

The unofficial final table of ten was set and within ten minutes, we saw the first casualty when Daniel Jensen was eliminated in 10th place

Jose Mendoza was eliminated in 9th ($10,444), and Mike Vanier in 8th ($13,087). 

Shortly before the final level, Ryan Phan doubled through Daniel Shea when he flopped a set of fives against Shea’s top two pair.  This would set the tone for the remainder of the evening with Phan taking the chip lead and keeping it the rest of the night, while Shea would be eliminated shortly after in 7th place, taking home $16,645.

Ryan Phan will lead going into the final day of the Horseshoe WSOP Circuit Main Event in Council Bluffs which will kick off at 12 noon PST tomorrow.  The remaining six players are guaranteed to take home $21,489 for their efforts, but each one has their sights set on the $113,152 first prize payout, the coveted gold ring, and a seat into the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship.

Day 3 Chip Counts:

1,785,000 – Ryan Phan
1,525,000 – Maurice Hawkins
850,000 – Josh Turner
825,000 – Mike Lang
715,000 – Maxx Coleman
670,000 – Bob Slezak