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Day 1 of the WSOP Circuit Event at Caesars - Las Vegas

$5K Buy-in Attracts Strong Field

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Cory CarrollThe World Series of Poker Circuit made its second-to-last stop of the season today with the $5,000 buy-in main event at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Most of the preliminary events had surpassed their expected number of entrants, but the main event failed to replicate last year's field size by just two players, finishing out registration with 334 runners.

The turnout not only created a total prize pool of just more than $1.6 million, but one of the toughest fields in recent WSOP Circuit memory. Some of the notables to make an appearance included David Benyamine, Allen Kessler, Bill Edler, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Layne Flack, Allen Cunningham, Chris Ferguson, David Pham, and Chau Giang. But not everyone in the field was domestic, as the field also contained some of the international poker scene's best, noShannon Shorr doubt left over from the recent WPT Championship across the street at Bellagio. Joining us from overseas was Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Dario Minieri, and Alex Kravchenko.

Last year, Cory "UGOTPZD" Carroll bested Justin "looshle" Pechie heads up to take the title and a prize of more than $500,000. This time, Carroll was coming in off of a final table appearance at the WPT Championship, but he couldn't parlay his momentum into a defense of his victory. Carroll busted early on in the day, along with professionals Gavin Smith, Men Nguyen, Michael Mizrachi, and Shannon Shorr.

You can read about Shorr's day here in his exclusive Card Player blog.

Play resumes tomorrow, and CardPlayer.com will be bringing you all the action live as the remaining players continue to battle for the first-place prize of $499,162. The final table will take place on Thursday.