Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:20 PM Local Time
Justin Boggs Way Out in Front of the 64 Day 1 Survivors
Justin Boggs - Chip Leader
The two starting flights are complete in the $1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
Friday's Day 1A flight drew a field of 184 entries, and another 240 joined Day 1B to bring the total field to 424 across both flights. That creates a prizepool worth $636,000 to be shared by the final 45 players. A total of 64 advanced to Day 2.
Former WSOP Main Event finalist Scott Montgomery bagged up the big stack of 316,500 chips after Day 1A, and that lead held until the final few minutes of Day 1B. As was the case a day prior, the action erupted during the closing level, and the overall lead was decided during the last couple shuffles.
Justin Boggs was the primary beneficiary of the late-night rush, making boat over boat to scoop the largest pot of the day right at the bell. He finished Day 1B with 531,500 chips, which has to be one of the most impressive Day 1 performances the Circuit has seen in its 13-year history. Boggs will carry an enormous lead into Day 2, returning with close to 200 big blinds.
Here's the top of the overnight leaderboard with 64 players advancing:
1: Justin Boggs - 531,500
2: Scott Montgomery - 316,500
3: Todd Chew - 305,500
4: Gary Vick - 270,000
5: Troy Weber - 261,000
Maurice Hawkins, the Circuit's all-time winningest player, is also among the top tier at the moment. Hawkins will return to a stack of 214,500 chips, good for 10th place overall. Kurt Jewell (249,500), Garry Simms (228,500), and Nick Pupillo (153,000) also advanced, as did this event's defending Champion, Robert Hankins (99,500).
Day 2 chip counts | Day 2 seat draw
Blinds will be 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante when play resumes, and the returning field will be less than 20 eliminations away from the money. They're scheduled to play 10 one-hour levels, by which time they'll likely be at the final table.
Day 2 begins at 2 p.m.