The final numbers are now in for the inaugural WSOP Circuit $1,675 Main Event and they are impressive; a total of 1032 entries have built a massive prize pool of $1,548,000 with a top prize of more than $286,000!
Day 1a wrapped up at the River Rock Casino in Vancouver with none other than east coast legend Norm Overdijk, (though he seems to do his best work in the West) as the chip leader of 294 entries.
Many might remember Nova Scotia’s Mr. Overdijk’s impressive performances over 2011, both at the British Columbia Poker Championships and as the 2011 CPT Player of The Year.
He’s not the only one with some of those credentials advancing to Day 2 either, as Ontario’s Richard Webb, the back to back winner of the CPT Invitational has also advanced with a healthy chip stack in Day 1b, along with 86 other contenders out of the 352 that started Saturday.
It turns out that Kelly Kellner himself, the man that crowned the two above and recently chopped the 2012 Punta Cana Poker Classic has also advanced to Day 2, but none so far have more chips than Jingjing Liu’s 266,000 after 1b.
It’s definitely going to be a talent packed field, with World Series Of Poker bracelet winners Greg Mueller, Matthew Jarvis, Ashkan Razavi and Daniel Idema also making the cut, while others from our “WSOP Ones To Watch are also sitting on stacks, including Robin Bergren and Kaveh Payman.
While there is a long ways to go yet and plenty of notables to consider, we can’t help to notice several other Canadian “Major Tournament” winners making progress as well; Calvin Haczkewicz, Jun Ishii, Bashar Ramahi and Jason Mann.
Sandra “@astrogurl” Wong has been reading souls so far since the start of the 12 event series; with more than 126,000 in her Main Event stack and 2 cashes in the events leading in, she is a serious contender to win the “Casino Champion” via points, which would earn her entry into the 2012/2013 WSOP National Championship.
The winner of this Main Event will also earn entry, so it looks like she has a few ways to get there; good luck to her and the other contenders!
Close to 300 players should be returning for Monday’s Day 2, but only 108 will make the money. As always, we’ll follow along and bring you any exciting updates.