Cherokee, North Carolina (April 21, 2019) -- The Day 1 flights of the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event are now in the books and leading the way after the first 17 levels of play is two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Calvin Anderson. Anderson already has over $1,000,000 in WSOP earnings but has yet to find a WSOPC ring yet. He could add that to his collection with a win here in this event. Anderson started picking up steam early in the day and he never let off the gas pedal, eliminating several players near the end of the night to finish with just under a million chips with 959,000.

Anderson will join Day 1A chip leader Mike Vanier atop the chip counts. Vanier bagged 773,000 which was good enough for second place overall. Both will be followed by former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer who bagged the third biggest stack in the tournament with 723,000 chips.

Other notables who will be returning for Day 2 action include Allen Kessler, Jared Jaffee, Dapo Ajayi, Lakisha Slaughter, Timothy Burden, Michael Perrone, Blake Whittington and Brett Apter who all bagged on Day 1B. Several notable players will be joining from Day 1A as well with the likes of Damjan Radanov, Nitis Udornpim, T.K. Miles, Tyler Patterson, Marshall White, Ryan Van Sanford, Krzysztof Stybaniewicz, Warren Sheaves and Ralph Massey all making it through to Day 2.

For every notable who did make it through though, there were two who fell. Among those who weren’t able to trek on to Day 2 were Maurice Hawkins, Justin Harvell, Ryan Phan, Aaron Massey, David Bach, Max Young, Brock Wilson, Loni Harwood, Brett Murray, Ben Keeline, and Roland Israelashvili just to name a few. Hamid Izadi was another circuit regular to fall on Day 1B. Izadi got most of his stack in with a straight against Ben Diebold who turned two pair with a flush draw. The flush came in on the river and that was the end for Izadi who was eliminated.

In the end, a total of 136 players advanced to Day 2 with 50 players making it through from Day 1A and 86 survivors from Day 1B. This puts players just 21 spots away from the money. A mincash will be worth $2,701 for the event but players will obviously be looking for the first place prize of $300,536 as well as the seat to the Global Casino Championship. Anyone who makes the final table in the event will take home at least $29,807 for 9th place.

Action is set to resume on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m. with the final 136 players returning to play 10, one-hour levels. Player will return in level 18 with blinds of 3,000/6,000 and an ante of 1,000.

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