Day 2 of the $1,700 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Seminole Coconut Creek is in the books after 10 levels of play. From a starting point of 182 players coming back from 735 entries over two days, just 17 remain in contention for the first-place prize of $222,691, a coveted WSOP Circuit ring and a free seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship next year.
Leading the way heading into Day 3 on Monday at Noon is Dmitrii Perfilev with 2,555,000 chips. He dominated early in the day and never really looked back, peaking at 3,400,000 at one point. The next-biggest stack belongs to Corey Bierria with 1,715,000 followed by Lloyd Gunther (1,495,000), Sheddy Siddiqui (1,490,000) and Ken Bruno (1,480,000) to round out the top five counts.
Of the remaining players, Corey Bierria is the only one with a Circuit ring, meaning the rest of the players are in search of their first. Notable players moving on include Sheddy Siddiqui (1,490,000), Josh Abady (1,200,000), and Stu Paterson (1,175,000).
The bubble burst just after the start of Level 19, lasting nine hands with three short stacks finding double-ups. Brian Hastings got his chips in the middle with kings and held, while Justin Donato got his stack in the middle with ace-queen suited and cracked kings in the process. Finally, Corey Bierria got some chips in the middle with pocket threes and ran into jacks, but the flop brought a three and the bubble was burst.
Play continued on with Gautam Lillaney being the first player to cross the million-chip mark. He took down a big three-way pot with jack-ten suited, doubling through Rob Jonsson and eliminating Nagui Yassa. He battled hard throughout the day, but eventually fell with three tables remaining in the tournament. As time went on, end-of-day chip leader Perfilev started to catch heat. He ended up eliminating a slew of players, including Stephen Bierman, Charles Johnson, Mirco Sharen and then snagged a massive pot from Lillaney to claim the chip lead. This continued on until he bagged himself the lead to head into Day 3 with a healthy stack.
While the final 17 players were fortunate enough to still be in contention, many familiar faces hit the rail throughout the day. This includes the likes of Brett Bader, Nancy Birnbaum, Scott Davies, John Dolan, Brian Hastings, Russ Head, Jonathan Hilton, Wally Maddah, Ray Millard, Jake Schwartz, Jacquelyn Scott and Jerry Wong.
Play restarts at Noon local time with Level 26 and the blinds will be 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante. Keep following along on WSOP.com for live updates on the way to crowning the newest WSOP Circuit Main Event champion.