World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Rincon Day 2: Freddy Deeb Leads; 11 Remain



Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Rincon ended after over 12 hours of play with only 11 players remaining. Freddy Deeb bagged the most chips, clocking in at a whopping 1.1 million. This is a feeling that Deeb is used to. The last time we saw him, he won the WSOPC Main Event at the Bicycle Casino in January. He is now setting himself up for an improbable second Main Event title in just three months. If he’s able to finish it off, Deeb would be the first player to win two main events in the same season.

Deeb is followed closely by Joe Kuether who is also looking to accomplish quite an impressive feat. Kuether finished seventh in the WSOPC Main Event at Caesars Palace and is looking for his second main-event final table in a row, as well.

Deeb set himself up for this run when he got a big double-up against Brandon Cantu earlier in the day. Cantu was the chip leader at the time but wasn’t able to hang onto it after this hand. Deeb limped in the cutoff before Cantu raised to 31,000 on the button. Action folded back around the Deeb who made the call and the {3-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop fell. Deeb checked to Cantu who fired out 36,000. Deeb opted to call.

The turn was the {4-Hearts} and Deeb stacked out some chips and led into Cantu for 60,000. Cantu quickly moved Deeb all in and Deeb made the call.

Cantu: {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Deeb: {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}

Deeb had spiked a set on the turn and avoided the redraw on the river.

Play began with 156 players, and of those, only 36 were able to walk away with money in their pockets. Among the players who didn’t make the money were Ray Henson, Scott Clements, Bryan Devonshire, Gavin Smith, Gavin Griffin, Joe Tehan, David “ODB” Baker, and bubble boy Allen Carter.

Some players who made the money, but weren’t able to survive the day were Matthew Chang, David Levi, Alex Masek, Matt Salsberg, and Eric Baldwin, who was eliminated in a brutal kings versus aces preflop cooler with two tables left.

There are still a few notables still in contention, and a few of them are familiar faces to the Circuit. Ty Spires (896,000) is still alive, looking to top his third place finish in the main event at the Bike in January. Brandon Cantu (335,000) is also still kicking, fresh off a win in a $1,000 buy in prelim event here at Harrah’s Rincon.

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

Player Chip Count
Freddy Deeb 1,100,000
Joe Kuether 1,017,000
Ty Spires 897,000
Ryan Gentry 759,000
Raymond Dandrea 582,000
Stephen Plache 543,000
David Funkhauser 528,000
Brandon Cantu 335,000
Chris Cronin 323,000
Ryan Buckholtz 294,000
Chris Bratene 128,000

Day 3 will kick off at 1200 PDT (2000 BST) and the final 11 players will begin their charge to the last man standing. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on the floor for all the action, so be sure to tune back in for the final day of play at the WSOPC Harrah’s Rincon.

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