Lake Tahoe, home of panoramic peaks, crystal-clear waters and gambling, has once again extended its hospitality to the WSOP Circuit. Today it wasn't skiing or fishing that aroused our attention though. The name of the game is poker and 142 optimistic individuals turned out to see who would walk away with the title, the main event seat and of course, the first-place cash that fuels the entire machine.
As is the custom on the Circuit, we saw a host of amateurs from Nevada and the surrounding area interspersed with the requisite number of name-brand pros take to the felt this afternoon. Jonathan Little.
Fresh from Michael Banducci rounding out the roster of players we've seen before today. That's part of the appeal of Circuit events these days though. With the relatively low buy-in of $5k, and a field that isn't necessarily bristling with intimidating professionals, these events provide the serious amateur with a legitimate chance at major tournament glory, not to mention a seat at the WSOP Main Event.
With the way things are shaking out, it's looking more and more likely that we're in for a final table dominated not by the players we see so often on television, but by those who were more likely to have been watching the TV.
Day 2 is slated to get underway at 12 p.m. sharp (PST) when all 39 surviving players will be back on the felt as we play down to the final table of nine. Will the chip leaders hold it together and go the distance? Will the few remaining pros elevate themselves above the sea of amateurs? Will I continue to ask repetitive questions to which no answers are required? There's only one way to find out.
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