Friday, August 14, 2015 11:48 PM Local Time
Day 1a of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Foxwoods kicked off at noon Eastern Time today. A total of 171 players played in this flight on the first stop of the 2015/2016 Circuit Series. At the end of 15 levels of play, only 38 players remain. Leading the pack is Johanssy Joseph (pictured) ending the day with 215,000 in chips. Rounding out the remaining top three players are Jeremy Meacham (207,900), and Ernie Hou (188,500).
Day 1A Chip Leader - Johanssy Joseph
In addition to the top three chip leaders, a few notables that will return for play on Sunday are WSOP bracelet winner Chris Tryba (163,500), Ness Reilly who started the day strong and continued to climb ending the day with 60,500, and her husband Tim Reilly (80,500). Both of the Reilly's made a deep run in the WSOP Main Event this year and were the last couple standing. Ness finished in 244th for $34,157, while her husband finished in 360th for $24,622.
While 38 players will have Saturday to relax before Day 2 play begins on Sunday, there were a few notables in the field that were not fortunate enough to make it through in the first flight, but will still have a chance in tomorrow's flight. Dave Stefanski, fresh off of his deep run in this year's WSOP Main Event having cashed in 16th place for $325,034, was eliminated today along with another Main Event deep runner Je Wook Oh who finished in 68th. Circuit ring winners Kevin Calenzo and Spyro Mitrokostas, bracelet winner Andrew Badecker, and Brad St. Vincent who recently took 4th in the National Championship will all have the option to enter again tomorrow in hopes to make Day 2.
Complete chip counts from Flight A are available under the "Reports" tab above. Seat assignments for Day 2 will be available tomorrow.
Day 1B will begin Saturday at noon ET, and play will resume for those players making it through in today's flight on Sunday at noon ET. Stay tuned here at wsop.com for continued coverage.
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:36 PM Local Time
Play has concluded for the night, and the remaining players are bagging up their chips for Day 2. A full recap of Day 1A will be posted shortly.
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:25 PM Local Time
The clock has been stopped with 10 minutes left, and the tournament director announced that each table will play three more hands, and then players will bag up for the night.
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:16 PM Local Time
Cate Hall moved all in after a player in early position opened. Mike Hollenberg called the all in and the rest of the players folded. Cate was in bad shape with her
, and no miracles occured to save her tournament life. Cate will go broke on the last level of the night, but she still has a chance to re-enter in Flight B tomorrow.
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:11 PM Local Time
On a flop, both Ernie Hou and a player in middle position check. The turn brings the . Hou checks, the player in middle position bets 6,000, and Hou calls. The river is the . Hou again checks, and this time his opponent bets 7,000.
Hou asks his opponent, "Queens full huh?" before eventually throwing in the chips to call.
His opponent shows but Hou turns over for a bigger two pair.
Hou says, "Sorry man, I really thought I was behind," as he begins stacking his newly acquired chips.
Ernie Hou - 150,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:10 PM Local Time
With the board reading on the flop, a player checks and Steven Tabb bets 7,000. His opponent moves all in for 35,200, and Tabb goes into the tank. He eventually calls and turns over . His opponent shows , and Tabb will need help. He doesn't get it, as the turn is the , and the river the .
Soon after, with the board reading on the river, Tabb bets 8,000. Mike Hollenberg raises to 25,000, and Tabb calls. Hollenberg tables , and Tabb mucks.
Steven Tabb - 72,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:05 PM Local Time
Michael O'Connell bets 6,300 on a board reading . Jeremy Meacham calls in late position.
Meacham turns over for trip aces, and O'Connell mucks his hand.
Jeremy Meacham - 195,000
Michael O'Connell - 180,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:57 PM Local Time
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:53 PM Local Time
A player in the small blind bets 6,000 on the flop. Cate Hall raises to 19,500 in the big blind, and Steven Tabb shoves all in from under the gun for 37,700 total. The small blind folds, and Hall tank calls.
Hall shows for a pair of tens, but she is behind Tabb's .
The turn and river do not improve Hall's hand, and Tabb doubles up.
Cate Hall - 28,000
Steven Tabb - 90,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:44 PM Local Time
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:38 PM Local Time
Michael O'Connell raises to 4,500 in middle position, and Andrew Badecker shoves all in for 13,900 more in the cutoff. O'Connell goes into the tank and starts counting aloud, trying to decide whether to call or fold. After a minute or two a player not involved in the hand calls the clock. O'Connell tells the player to hold on and continues counting aloud. After another 30 seconds O'Connell throws in the chips to call.
O'Connell says, "Well, you have my clubs beat," as the dealer begins to fan out the flop. When the comes on the turn, O'Connell jumps out of his chair and shouts, "Yes, yes!" The on the river does not help Badecker and he is eliminated in the second to last level of the night.
The same player that called the clock on him asked O'Connell is this was his first tournament, to which O'Connell responded loudly, "No, but ship that st!"
Michael O'Connell - 145,000
Andrew Badecker - Eliminated
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:27 PM Local Time
The board reads on the flop, and Ernie Hou checks from the small blind. Randolph Spain bets 6,500 from early position. Hou announces raise as he puts out 6,500. He then adds another 8,000. Spain thinks for a minute, then tosses his cards into the muck.
Ernie Hou - 112,000
Randolph Spain - 37,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:24 PM Local Time
Dave Stefanski shoves all in for 14,500 in middle position, a player in the cutoff shoves over the top of Stefanski for approximately 25,000, and Ness Reilly calls in the big blind.
The board runs out , resulting in the elimination of two players.
Ness Reilly - 175,000
Dave Stefanski - Eliminated
Cutoff - Eliminated
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:14 PM Local Time
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:11 PM Local Time
On a board reading , Michael O'Connell shoves all in from the big blind. Action folds to a player in the hijack who looks down at his cards and says, "Well, I am about to make my second stupid call of the day," as he turns over . O'Connell shows for the ace high flush draw.
The on the turn does not improve O'Connell's hand, but the on the river gives him the flush and a full double up.
"Yes, YES! Ship that s*%t," O'Connell shouted as he jumped out of his chair in celebration. His opponent simply said, "Nice hand."
Michael O'Connell - 115,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 10:10 PM Local Time
Ness Reilly raises to 3,800 from early position. The hijack calls, the button calls, and Steven Tabb moves all in from the big blind. Reilly puts in a raise, and the hijack calls for less than Tabb's all in. The button folds, and the players table their cards:
The board rolls out . Reilly and Tabb both make a jack-high straight to split the pot, and the hijack is eliminated.
Ness Reilly: 147,000
Steven Tabb: 48,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 9:57 PM Local Time
The cutoff raises to 3,500, and Vincent Maglio three-bets to 8,500. The cutoff calls, and the players see the flop heads-up.
The dealer spreads , and the cutoff checks. Maglio continues for 11,000, and his opponent calls. The turn is the , and the cutoff checks again. Maglio bets 23,000. His opponent thinks for a minute, then folds.
Vincent Maglio - 108,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 9:51 PM Local Time
A player in early position limps in, another player in the hijack shoves all in for 28,900, Jeremy Meacham calls on the button, and the early position limper folds.
Meacham takes the lead when the flop comes . When the comes on the turn the player in the hijack calls for a queen. But the river is the giving Meacham a full house and sending his opponent to the rail.
Jeremy Meacham - 140,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 9:42 PM Local Time
The board reads on the flop, and the big blind checks. Kevin Calenzo bets 3,000 from his direct left, and the big blind calls.
The turn is the , and the blind checks again. Calenzo continues for 6,000, and his opponent calls. The river is the , and it's again checked to Calenzo. He bets 10,500. His opponent mucks, and Calenzo takes the pot.
Kevin Calenzo - 52,000
Friday, August 14, 2015 9:32 PM Local Time