Damjan Radanov way out in front of 97 advancing players. Day 2 action begins at noon Sunday.
February 9, 2019 (Milwaukee, Wis.) -- With the conclusion of Day 1B, the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Potawatomi has completed its second, and final, starting leg.
Flight A drew 292 entries on Friday while Flight B registered another 375 entries, bringing the Event #10: $1,700 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event total starting field to 667 entrants. The mark is 63 players above last years number and just 10 less than Potawatomi's inaugural Circuit Main.
A prizepool sum of $1,010,505 was generated, surpassing the $750,000 guarantee. The top 72 finishers will pick up a World
Series of Poker cash and Casino Championship points. A min-cash is worth $2,829 and at the top awaits $207,159 for the looming champion.
Day 1A ceased at the 15 minute mark of Level 16 because 12% of the starting field was reached. Among the 36 survivors in Flight A, one towered above the rest. Damjan Radanov, owner of one Circuit gold ring, bagged 855,000 in chips. The high bar proved to be unreachable for Flight B players, meaning Radanov will begin Day 2 as the overall chip leader.
1B mimicked its predecessor, stopping before the end of Level 16 and left off with 61 plaers. This leaves a
combined total of 97 competitors advancing to Day 2. Ricky Landais bagged the
Flight B chip lead with 508,500, barely edging out gold ring winner Kevin Saul by a single 500-denomination chip.
A couple gold bracelet winners are still in the Main Event mix, Kevin Eyster (232,500) and Alexander Ziskin
(97,000), each with one gold bracelet to their name. Eyster also lays claim to three WSOP gold rings. Also finding a bag was seven-time gold ring winner Josh Turner.
Two other advancing players with three gold rings are Aaron Massey (204,500) and Peter Vitantonio (131,000). Massey only just secured his third Circuit title on Friday, winning Event #9 of the series.
Two-time gold ring winners Cody Brinn (258,000) and Andy Philachack (118,000) are also moving to Day 2, along with a large handful of players with one gold ring. Philachack will be looking to repeat his success from last years Main Event at Potawatomi where he finished in 5th place, winning $48,045.
Here are the top-five chip stacks going into Day 2:
1st: Damjan Radanov - 855,000
2nd: Miguel Dabul - 564,00
3rd: Mark Kroon - 522,000
4th: Ricky Landais - 508,500
5th: Kevin Saul - 508,000
Day 2 chip counts | Day 2 seat draw
The advancing bunch will begin the day 25 spots from the money. Play resumes at
12:00 p.m. with 15:53 Level 17: Blinds 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante and is
scheduled to play through ten, one-hour levels.