Michael Hubbard leads 54 survivors into Day 2, defending champ Max Young out
The WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event kicked off on Friday with the first of two starting flights to draw 176 entries. And Day 1B was even busier at the host casino on Saturday. As many as 266 entrants registered in the tournament through that second starting flight, but only 32 of them survived until the very end.
Michael Hubbard, a player from Windsor, California, surged into the chip lead and eventually bagged 856,000 after a terrific run throughout the day. The player will lead the remaining 32 hopefuls from Day 1B as well as the Day 1A survivors into Day 2 of action as the overall chip leader.
The player is 300,000 clear of his nearest opponent who happens to be Khoa Tran with 550,000. Sam Renshaw with 547,500 rounds out the top three of the temporary leaderboard. All three players entered the Main Event through Flight B. Five-time gold ring winner Scott Steward was the Day 1A chip leader. However, after Day 1B, the player now stands fourth on the chip counts chart.
All in all, this year’s edition of the Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event drew 442 entries through its two starting flights. A prize pool of $669,930 was thus generated. The top 45 finishers will receive a share of the money. A minimum cash is worth $3,027, but all remaining contenders are certainly eying the top prize of $147,314 and the accompanying gold ring. It is also important to note that the Main Event champion will secure a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.
Day 2 of the tournament is slated to be played today from noon local time at the host casino. The 54 survivors are just nine eliminations away from the money bubble. The Day 2 survivors will next return to Harveys Lake Tahoe on Monday when the champion will be determined.
It should also be noted that Hubbard is leading a star-studded group of players into the event’s second day of action, including record-breaking gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu, who is vying for his 13th title from the WSOP Circuit series.
Other notables still in contention include seven-time gold ring winner Vinny Moscati, five-time gold ring winner Scott Steward, Brett Murray, proud holder of three pieces of WSOP Circuit jewelry, and gold bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli, among others.
Max Young, the defending champion, registered into the event on Day 1B. However, the player got eliminated late into the day, thus missing the chance to score a back-to-back Main Event win at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
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