Some big names showed up to Harrah's Cherokee to compete for the
penultimate bracelet of the year, but the likes of Antonio Esfandiari,
Shaun Deeb, Joe McKeehen, John Monnette, and Anthony Zinno (pictured) didn't scare
Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino Champion Josh Turner.
A Circuit regular with four rings and over $300,000 in career
tournament earnings, Turner felt right at home in the elite company. He
competed in this event last year, winning a seat by taking down the
Lumiere Place Main Event in St Louis. He failed to cash, but returned
with a vengeance this year, amassing a pile of chips over the course of
Day 1, which no one would come close to matching.
From a field of 122, just 48 players remain in the first-ever GlobalCasino Championship. There are 24 players who put up the $10,000 to
buy-in and qualified based on their WSOP POY points total or because
they won a ring this season, but that number could grow, as registration
remains open through the start of Day 2 first level on Wednesday.
Turner tops the field with an impressive 302,700 in chips. He
estimates he knocked out six or seven players over the course of the
day, including Janet Fitzgerald and Russ Head. A pivotal pot early on
that helped propel him to the top of the counts early came when he
flat-called a three-bet with pocket aces and the flop came A-A-J, giving
him quads. He played it slow, just calling on the flop and turn, but
managed to get it in on the river against a player who held J-J.
While his big hands held up to give him chips today, Turner's skill
at the tables deserves some credit too. While he acknowledges he isn't
the biggest name in the field, he doesn't discount his chances in this
"I fit in with these people," Turner says. "I've got four rings."
Turner is the only player over 300,000, as well as the only player
over 200,000. His next closest competitors appears to be David
Slaughter, the New Orleans Casino Champ, who bagged 187,600. Sean Small,
an at-large qualifier, rounds out the top three with 176,200.
While much of the attention today focused on the POY qualifiers who
paid the $10,000 entry fee, they didn't fare particularly well today.
Around half of them busted over the course of the day, including Ankush
Mandavia, David Peters, Olivier Busquet, Phil Hui, John Monnette, Shaun
Deeb, Shannon Shorr, John Racener, Rep Porter, and 2015 WSOP Main Event
Champ Joe McKeehen. Other big names who failed to survive the day
include Antonio Esfandiari, Mukul Pahuja, Valentin Vornicu, Cory
Waaland, John Holley, Ari Engel, and the only player to qualify for every
single National/Global Casino Championship, Woody Moore.
While over half the field fell before the day was over, plenty of
others thrived. Doug Carli, the all-time Circuit cashing leader, bagged
up 64,100. All-time Ring winner Alex Masek is still in the field with
97,500 as well. Of the players who bought in to the tournament, the
biggest name remaining is Anthony Zinno, though he finished with less
than starting stack at 25,100. Other notables returning for Day 2
include Aditya Prasetyo, Joe Kuether, Nipun Java, Barry Hutter, Jesse
Martin, Mike Leah, Sergio Castelluccio, Bernard Lee, Ryan Tepen, Brian
Altman, and Justin Liberto.
The remaining players are back in action at 12pm ET on Wednesday. A
complete list of chip counts and seat assignments can be found in the Reports tab. There will be live updates of all the action http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/updates.asp?grid=1235&tid=15049:
Here is a look at the official chip counts heading into Day 2:
1. Josh Turner - 302,700 (Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino Champ)
2. David Slaughter - 187,600 (New Orleans Casino Champ)
3. Sean Small - 176,200 (at-large)
4. Blake Whittington - 130,700 (at-large)
5. Daniel Weinman - 124,700 (POY qualifier)
6. Brian Senie - 120,800 (Tbilisi Main Event Champ)
7. DJ Mackinnon - 119,800 (at-large)
8. Said El-Yousfi - 112,000 (Marrakech Casino Champ)
9. Cody Pack - 107,800 (at-large)
10. Barry Hutter - 106,900 (POY qualifier)