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World Series of Poker Circuit -- $10,000 Southern Regional Championship Day 1

Brandon Adams Jumps to the top in New Orleans

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Brandon AdamsThe final $10,000 Regional Championship for the 2010-11 season of the World Series of Poker Circuit series began on Thursday, May 19 at the Harrah’s in downtown New Orleans. The tournament attracted 70 players on the first day of play and by the end of the night 44 remained. That number is expected to grow tomorrow with registration remaining open through the end of the first level of play on day 2.

After eight levels of poker professional Brandon Adams was at the top of the leader board with 136,150. The field was stacked with many professionals and some big names who have survived with Adams to play on day 2 include Kido Pham, Brian Roberts, Shannon Shorr, Kyle Bowker, John Dolan, Chad Brown, Dan Heimiller, Allie Prescott, Steve Brecher, Jonathan Aguiar, Matthew Waxman, Adam Levy, David Peters, Brian Lemke, David Baker, Will Failla, Tommy Vedes, and Joseph Cheong.

Check back in at the end of play tomorrow night for another summary of the action from Card Player. A full list of the payout structure will be available tomorrow so you can see how much money will be up for grabs at the final table that will crown a champion on Sunday, May 22.

Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1 in New Orleans:

Day 1 Top Chip Counts:

1: Brandon Adams — 136,150
2: Harry Cullen — 125,925
3: Kido Pham — 103,200
4: Brian Roberts — 81,775
5: Corey Burbick — 78,950
6: Shannon Shorr — 73,550
7: Kyle Bowker — 69,400
8: Jeremiah Vinsant — 69,250
9: Ben Thomas — 64,000
10: John Dolan — 61,900

Day 1 Eliminations: John Cernuto, David Williams, Todd Terry, David Singer, Dwyte Pilgrim, David Miscikowski, Tim Begley, Darren Elias

Hand of the Day:

Brandon Adams Eliminates Dwyte Pilgrim to extend his Chip Lead

Dwyte Pilgrim got the last of his short stack into the middle preflop and Brandon Adams made the call. Their cards:

Pilgrim: AClub Suit 3Diamond Suit
Adams: KClub Suit 4Heart Suit

Board: KDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit 9Heart Suit

Pilgrim was eliminated on the hand while Adams continued to build his chip stack, crossing the 115,000 mark.