The harder they come, the harder they fall… After setting a record for a starting field at any World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event with 872 entrants, less than 20% survived Day 1’s action at the Horseshoe Hammond stop in Chicago. Notable Day 1 casualties included Faraz Jaka, Tom Marchese, Kyle Bowker and Jason Mercer.
Of the 162 survivors, the chip leader heading into Day 2 was Jim Kasputis with 360k, with Rajko Bozic trailing close behind at 350k. The rest of the top-10 was as follows: Daniel Schacher and Joseph Roppolo (each at 303k), Gordon Vayo (290k) Richard Rockwood (282k), Aaron Steury (276k), Daniel Cohen (265k), Kenneth Coppens (246k) and Albert Lucenti (245k).
The first level of Saturday’s play is now over, and the field has already been whittled down to 126, with Nick Jivkov comfortably (for the moment) ahead of the pack with 575k.