WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event Draws 419 Entries on Day 1A, 50 Survive

Todd Osborne leads the 50 survivors from Day 1A of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event into Monday’s Day 2

The WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event kicked off with a bang on Friday with the first of two starting flights. It was a busy day at the host casino, with 419 entrants putting up the $1,700 buy-in to join Main Event action.

However, just 50 of them made it through the day and will be heading into Day 2 of the tournament. That next stage of the Main Event will take place Monday at Harrah’s Cherokee. But there is one more flight to be played before that, which means that the field and the prize pool will be boosted further. Flight B is slated to take place today at the host casino. The tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, and given the massive Flight A field and the fact that Flight B is ahead, it looks like the guarantee will be crushed.

Todd Osborne from Ooltewah, Tennessee leads the pack of 50 survivors after bagging and tagging 568,000 in chips last night. The player is going for his first WSOP Circuit title. He had 18 previous in-the-money finishes in WSOP Circuit tournaments. Trailing closely behind is Toby Boas from Gainesville, Florida with 566,000. Randall Rothwell from Chattanooga, Tennessee rounds out top three of the leaderboard.

Bracelet and Ring Winners in the Hunt for the Harrah’s Cherokee Title

The Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee attracted a number of players who have previously won either gold bracelets from the WSOP or gold rings from the WSOP Circuit. Former gold bracelet winners to enter the race included 2004 Main Event champ Greg Raymer, Keven Stammen, Kevin Eyster, and Jonathan Hilton, among others.

Notables to advance into Day 2 include Adam Hendrix, Alex Rocha, Allen Kessler, and Irene Carey. And Brock Wilson, Harry Arutyunyan, and former Harrah’s Cherokee champ Jake Bazeley were among the prominent players who were unable to bag for the night. Bazeley won his WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee title in 2014.

Flight B of the tournament starts today at 11 am local time. Interested players will be able to register into the event until the beginning of Level 13. Once registration closes, organizers will be able to announce the final prize pool and the paid places. Those who survive through Day 1B will join the Day 1A hopefuls on Monday to play together Day 2 of the tournament. The Main Event includes one more day of action. That one will take place Tuesday at the host casino and it is when the winner will be determined.

Charles Johnson from Norcross, Georgia won last year’s edition of the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event. The player bested a field of 957 entries to collect $272,744 in prize money. That was Johnson’s largest cash from the series.

Aside from a six-figure payout, the brand-new winner of the ongoing Main Event will also secure a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship. The event will take place next summer namely at Harrah’s Cherokee.

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