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2010 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Regional Championship Day 1

26 October 2010, By:
The first ever WSOP Circuit Regional Championship kicked off on Monday at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, IL.
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The first ever WSOP Circuit Regional Championship kicked off on Monday at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, IL.

Ryan Julius

The WSOP Circuit has revamped itself and as part of that revamping, they instituted a point system as well as a series of four televised regional championships that will help feed the National Championship Event that will be held just prior to the 2011 World Series of Poker.  The winner of the National Championship event will receive a gold bracelet and is limited to 100 players.

This inaugural Regional Championship event commanded a $10,000 buy-in and drew a strong crowd of 226 runners.  Among the players in the field were Mike Leah, Sorel Mizzi, Frank Kassela, Jeff Madsen, Kathy Liebert, Brock Parker, Allen Kessler, Steve Zolotow, Vanessa Selbst, Matt Stout, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier, and Chad Brown.

This event has a total prizepool of over $2.1 Million an first place will receive $525,449, a gold WSOP Circuit ring, and an entry into the National Championship final in Las Vegas.  In fact, all final table participants will get a draw into the National Championship final.

By the end of the day, we were down to 126 players.  Among the busted were Matt Glantz, Allen Bari, Jeff Madsen, David Williams, Dan Shak, and Frank Kassela.  Riding a short stack going into Day 2 are Jordan Morgan, Kathy Liebert, and Brock Parker.

Ryan Julius finished Day 1 as the chip leader with 265,000 in chips.  He amassed those chips in one massive hand that saw him and his opponent get into a massive raising war pre-flop.  When it was over, about 285,000 chips were in the pot with Julius holding aces against kings.  Both players hit their set and Julius' set held to vault him into the lead.

Among those in the top ten are Bernard Lee, Shannon Shorr, Vanessa Selbst, David Sands, and Chad Brown.  Jason Mercier, Brandon Adams, Matt Stout, and Faraz Jaka are all sitting on reasonable stacks and looking to make moves in Day 2.  Others still alive are Barry Greenstein, Allen Kessler, Blair Hinkle, and Steve Zolotow.

Play will resume on Tuesday and should play to at least the money of 24 players.  Stay tuned to as we bring you recaps from the WSOP Circuit Regional Championship.


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