Brad Albrinck is looking to lock a back-to-back title in the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event. The player topped the tournament’s field this time last year and secured himself with a good starting position on Day 2 of this year’s edition of the event.
The player entered the event on its second of two starting flights. Day 1B was played on Saturday at the host venue Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina. After 15 levels of play, Albrinck finished third in chips with a total of 316,500. Here it is important to note that the player is vying not only for a back-to-back title, but also for his third WSOP Circuit gold ring.
Aside from last year’s triumph in the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event, when the player collected $275,877 in addition to the gold piece, he also captured a piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry in September 2013. Back then, the player bested the field of another Main Event, the $1,675 buy-in tournament at Horseshoe Cincinnati in his hometown. He also scooped the amount of $221,994 for his victory.
Currently, Albrinck has nearly $748,827 in live tournament earnings from the WSOP Circuit. The player has cashed in 20 events within the series over the course of his poker career. It is yet to be seen whether he will be able to score a back-to-back victory, but one thing is for sure – this will not be an easy task as the player will certainly face fierce competition.
Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event Sees Great Interest
The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event featured a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, which was more than exceeded due to great interest among players. The tournament attracted a total of 957 entries who generated a prize pool of $1,435,500. The top 99 finishers will receive a share of the money. The winner will be awarded the amount of $272,744 and the coveted gold ring, of course.
Day 1B of the event was played on Saturday and saw 579 people enter it before registration was closed. Participants played 15 levels throughout the day and by the time the final one was completed, Philipp Salewski had accumulated the largest chip stack. The player bagged 336,000 in chips and was followed by Matthew Higgins with 326,000 and Albrinck.
Day 1A chip leader Nathan Gentry will enter Day 2 action as the overall chip leader. The player will start the third day of the tournament with a total of 399,500 in chips.
Notables who will return for more action at Harrah’s Cherokee include Robert Hankins, who is vying for a ninth WSOP Circuit gold ring, Mark ‘Pegasus’ Smith, and Mike Wang, among others. Other notables, with some of them being ten-time gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins, seven-time gold ring winner Cory Waaland, and three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner David Bach, were less lucky and were eliminated during the Main Event’s earlier stages.