It was one-time gold ring winner Dennis Brand who bagged the largest stack at the end of Day 2 of the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event
The penultimate day of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event is in the books. The day started with 136 survivors from the two starting flights flocking at the poker tables at Harrah’s Cherokee, the host casino, but after ten levels of play, there were only ten hopefuls left in the hunt for the title.
The big champion, whose name will become known later today, will collect $300,536 in prize money and a shiny gold ring to remember their achievement. The last person standing will have all the right to brag as they will be the tournament entrant to have topped a field of 1,087 participants.
The final day of the tournament is scheduled for today at noon local time. The players who compose the official final table will play down to a champion. Each of them is guaranteed a prize of $24,027, but the lion’s share of the prize pool and the accompanying gold ring are certainly what everyone is excited about.
The Main Event’s field of 1,087 players generated a prize pool of $1,646,805. There were payouts for the top 117 finishers. As mentioned earlier, there were 136 hopefuls to return for Day 2 of the prestigious event. Players whittled down the field to burst the money bubble before the end of the first level scheduled for the day.
Dennis Brand Leads the Final 10
After all ten levels were completed, there were just ten players to bag and tag for the night. The unofficial ten-handed final table was reached during the final level of the night with the elimination of Bobby Poe in 11th place.
It was Dennis Brand who bagged and tagged the largest chip stack into the night. The player put 4.85 million into his bag to secure the chip lead into the final day of the tournament at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Brand is vying for his second gold ring from the series. But winning the piece will be quite the challenge as there are five other previous gold ring winners left in the hunt for the top prize.
Brand might be the chip leader into Day 3, but a WSOP regular is close on his heels. One-time gold ring winner Jonas Wexler bagged 4.8 million last night to secure a somewhat comfortable start of the final day of contention. The player has more than 40 in-the-money finishes in WSOP and WSOP Circuit events and has earned more than $400,000 from those. Phil Hernz, who too has one gold ring under his name, rounds up the top three on the chip counts chart with 4.2 million in his overnight bag.
Spencer Champlin, Steven Grybas, and Andrew McIlvain were the other former gold ring winners to have made it to the unofficial final table of the tournament.
Action resumes at noon local time today and the finalists will play down to a champion.
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