Friday, April 25, 2014 7:27 PM Local Time
Day 1A Concludes; Joe Kuether Leads
The first starting flight of the 2013/14 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah's Philadelphia has come to a close! After 12 levels of play, none other than Joe Kuether bagged up the largest stack in the room with 170,000.
Over the course of the day, 146 players came out with the hopes of becoming the next Circuit champion. By the day's end, just 47 players bagged up chips and advanced onto Day 2.
Kuether had a stellar day, seizing an early double up after he flopped a set of fives that turned into a full house by the river. Over the course of the day, we also caught Kuether tangling with the likes of Harrison Gimbel and coming out on top.
Dozens of familiar faces hit the felt throughout the day and several of those players were fortunate enough to bag up. Those returning for Day 2 include Horseshoe Southern Indiana final tablist Sean Lippel (137,900), recent PLO event winner Staffan Lind (135,500), Kevin Saul (128,000), Alex Rocha (100,200), Dennis Phillips (70,900), Roland Israelashvili (69,400), Jared Jaffee (57,000), Matt Stout (51,000), and Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler (41,200). Last year's runner-up and third-place finishers, Mike Jukich and Ken Silberstein, also bagged up at the end of the night. Jukich will return with 70,100 while Silberstein will bring back a stack of 26,500.
While those players advanced onto the second day, others were not as fortunate. The likes of Aaron Massey, DJ MacKinnon, Loni Harwood, Phillip Hui, Matt Glantz, Shannon Shorr, Ari Engel, and Ryan Eriquezzo were all eliminated before the final hand was dealt for the day. Reigning champion Rex Clinkscales also came out to play, but fell to his opponents sometime during Level 10. These players will likely be back tomorrow or before the start of Day 2 to give it a second shot.
Players to advance today will return on Sunday at 2 pm for Day 2 of this prestigious event. Those who wish to participate in Day 1B will take to the felt tomorrow at 11 am where they will play 12 40-minute levels.
That does it for our coverage of the first starting flight. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more action from Harrah's Philadelphia!