Jonathan Hanner (pictured) and Walter Rodriguez sit atop the chip counts with 11 left in the Choctaw main event
November 12, 2017 (Durant, OK) - The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Choctaw Casino and
Resort is down to 11 players with Jonathan Hanner (2,970,000) leading
the field after Day 2.
Hanner steadily climbed the leaderboard after starting with 107,000,
which was about average for the start of Day 2. Midway through Level 22,
Hanner's pocket kings
netted him a one million chip pot against fellow Day 2 survivor Mason
Vieth, a hand that cemented Hanner's spot amongst the chip leaders for
the rest of play.
Heading into Day 3, Hanner will be followed closely by Walter
Rodriguez (2,790,000) and five-time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Dan Lowery
(2,490,000). WSOP Bracelet winner and two-time Circuit Ring winner Kevin
Eyster also remains in the field. He'll start Day 3 ninth in chips.
A total of 157 players returned for Day 2 Sunday with Lowery
starting the day as chip leader. The money bubble broke shortly after
the first break as there were multiple eliminations as players were
going on break and the announcement was made after players returned to
take their seats. There were 99 players making the money with a min-cash
netting players $2,792.
Players who cashed, but didn't make Day 3 include Aaron Massey (13th,
$16,371), Kurt Jewell (17th, $13,497), Maurice Hawkins (47th, $4,227),
Johanssy Joseph (62nd, $3,895), and Joe Elpayaa (82nd, $3,037). Bracelet
winner and two-time ring winner Mike Cordell was the last player to hit
the rail before they bagged up. Cordell finished 12th and took home
Play will resume on Sunday at noon and although players are
guaranteed at least $20,090, everyone is chasing the $258,784 first
place prize, WSOP Circuit Ring, and seat in the WSOP Global Casino
Championship. With 11 players remaining, following the first
elimination, players will redraw for the final table. When cards get in the air on Monday afternoon, the blinds will start at 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante.
Be sure to follow WSOP.com for all of the Day 3 action.
Day 3 Chip Counts:
Jonathan Hanner - 2,970,000
Walter Rodriguez - 2,790,000
Dan Lowery - 2,490,000
Nick Schwarmann - 2,265,000
Chance Steed - 1,830,000
Srinivasa Vadlamudi - 1,315,000
Jared Hemingway - 1,040,000
Venkata Chinta - 1,020,000
Kevin Eyster - 905,000
Mason Vieth - 865,000
Jonathan Bennett - 695,000