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The first day of Event #14: $2,200 High Roller saw a total of 164 entry slips sold and by night's end only 55 remained at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino with Vijaya Madala leading the way.
Madala hovered near the top for the first half of the day and it was not until after dinner break that he really kicked it into high gear, running over his table en route to bagging the lead here on Day 1 of the high roller, finishing the day with 205,000.
Closest behind Madala on the leaderboard is Jasthi Kumar who found 197,000 at the end of twelve levels. Rounding out the top five are Martin Zamani (191,000), Canada's Consantinos Psallidas (190,500), and WSOP bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia (190,000).
Some notable players to book their ticket onto Day 2 include Ralph Wong (162,500), Aaron Massey (150,500), Michael Dyer (141,500), Alex Rocha (130,500), Nick Pupillo (115,500), Michael Rossitto (81,500), Barry Hutter (60,500), Alex Livingston (57,000), and defending champion Ali Imsirovic (25,500).
The 55 survivors from today will most likely not be the number headed into the final day as any player without a chip has until the start of play tomorrow to take advantage of the late registration period. All players will be returning at 2 p.m. local time to battle it down to a winner, taking down the first-place money along with a shiny new WSOP Circuit ring.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing all of the coverage throughout the remainder of the event, so stay tuned as all of the action unfolds.
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Barry Hutter moved his last 11,000 into the middle and Vijaya Madala called, putting Hutter at risk of elimination.
The flop came down and Hutter needed some help. A turn was not the help he was looking for as he now needed a jack to stay alive. The river came down the unlikely and Hutter scooped the pot thanks to a runner-runner straight, doubling through the leader.
Brian Yoon open-shoved 21,600 from under the gun and Constantinos Psallidas called in the cutoff. A player on the button pushed in 57,300 over the top and Psallidas called, putting two players at risk.
The flop came down , giving Yoon as set of nickels and Psallidas a flush. The turn and river failed to improve Yoon's hand and Psallidas scooped the pot, knocking out two players.
The tournament will now be playing the last level of the night before bagging up.