Texas native continues Choctaw dominance by bagging Day 1B, overall chip lead in main event    

Durant, Ok. (11 November 2018) - It’s only fitting that Jared Hemingway bagged up the chip lead on Day 1B of the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw main event.

Hemingway already has a runner-up finish in the opening event, a min-cash in the $400 no-limit hold’em one-day and a victory in the $400 no-limit hold’em six-max earlier in the series.

Now, after bagging up 484,500 in chips in the second and final flight of the $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event, he’s leading the 183 players that have secured a spot on Day 2. He’s one of the only players that has a realistic chance of catching Bart Bogard for the Casino Champion title.

Hemingway led the Day 1B field that drew 558 entries, while Wayne Lovell bagged 383,000 in the first of two flights. Lovell finished with 383,000 on Day 1A to lead the 60 players that made it through the 335-entry Day 1A. Between the two flights, there were 893 entries in the field generating a more than $1.3 million prizepool, surpassing the seven-figure guarantee that was put on it. There were 123 players that made it through Day 1B to bring back 183 players on Day 2.

Lovell will start Day 2 third in chips with Michael Sanders sandwiched between the flight's two chip leaders after finishing Day 1B with 387,000, good for second in chips overall. Hien Nguyen (376,500) and Mark 'A' (368,500) round out the top five chip counts. 

Bart Bogard bagged Day 1A and has a chance to extend his lead in the Casino Championship race by making the money on Day 2. Other notables that made it through include Jeff Banghart, Boris Kasabov, Harry Arutyunyan, Jay Lee, Mr. Ray Qartomy, Daniel Jones, Raymond Curran, Blair Hinkle, Bob Beck, Stephen Nussrallah, Chris Staats, Lily Kiletto, Ryan Phan, Josh Vizcarra, Andrew Watson and January's main event champion, Jason Strasser.

Not everybody was lucky enough to make it through the day. Andy Philachack, Josh Turner, Sohale Khalili, Abraham Araya, Schuyler Thornton, Jarod Einsohn, Joe Elpayaa, Bob Mather, Candace Collins, Will Berry, Cory Smith and Neil Patel were among the notables that failed to survive either flight.

Cards get back in the air on Sunday at noon to play 10, 60-minute levels before wrapping up and coming back on Monday at noon to play down to a winner. When cards get in the air for Day 2, blinds will be 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante and making the money will be on the forefront of everybody’s mind.

The top 90 spots will finish in the money. A min-cash is worth $3,058 and the winner will earn $263,815, along with a seat into the Global Casino Championship. The top three spots will all cash for six-figures with the final table guaranteed at least $20,199.

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into Sunday’s action:

  1. Jared Hemingway – 484,500
  2. Michael Sanders - 387,000
  3. Wayne Lovell - 387,000
  4. Hien Nguyen - 376,500
  5. Mark A - 368,500
  6. Todd Rebello - 357,000
  7. Jeff Banghart - 351,500
  8. Terry Presley - 347,000
  9. Michael Pickett - 341,000
  10. Boris Kasabov - 338,000

WSOP.com will have complete coverage of the Day 2 action as they play into the money and towards a final table.

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