Twenty-seven players returned to three tables at Caesar's Indiana for the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event yesterday. The top 18 would make the money, and all were trying for their shot at the $223,041 first place prize, plus a $10,000 entry into the World Series of Poker main Event 2008 at the Rio in Las Vegas. 2007 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Tom Schneider was among the remaining players, as was former Louisville Cardinals basketball coach Denny Crum.
The first 9 players to bust on Day 2 got nothing for their troubles except a pat on the back and a "good game" from their opponents. Denny Crum was unaccustomed to falling short on the basketball court, leading the Louisville Cardinals to six Final Fours and two national championships in his 30 years of coaching, but he missed the money at the WSOP-C by a few spots when he finished in 24th. Vito Cassulo led out on the flop of -9 [d] and Crum went all in over the top. Cassulo quickly called with for top pair, and Crum turned over for middle pair and a flush draw. None of Crum's outs materialized on the turn or river, and the coach was sent to the rail.
Cassulo started Day 2 with a big stack, and wielded it with authority early on; taking out John Hegele in a three-way pot shortly after he dispatched Crum. Cassulo and Mark Fratter both called Hegele's preflop push, and Cassulo's held up against Hegele's and Fratter's on a board of to send Hegele home just short of the money. After a slow bubble period, Steve Miller busted in 19th and the rest of the players were in the money.
Five players went to the rail in short order after the bubble burst, then the pace of play slowed for a while as players jockeyed for a position at the final table. Kou Vang held the chip lead for a while on Day 1, but he lost a coin flip against Chris Viox to bust in 13th. Viox called Vang's preflop shove with , and Vang tabled "presto," for a slight advantage. The J [s] on the flop left Vang drawing thin and he missed both of his outs and was sent to the rail.
Matt Sterling ran into a classic cooler for his elimination, shoving all in over the top of Terry Ogle with his . Ogle quickly called with , and added insult to injury by picking up the on the flop. Sterling busted in 12th, and then was followed shortly in 11th by Wilbur Futhey. Bryan Sapp was the final table bubble boy when his A-7 was out flopped by Carlos Uz's . Uz picked up a 10 in the door, and Sapp busted in 10th place.
The final table was set, with Chris Moore holding a big chip lead over his opponents, which included Tom Schneider, still clinging to life on the final table short stack.
Chris Moore - 475,000
Terry Ogle - 339,000
Carlos Uz - 329,000
Vito Cassulo - 150,000
Mark Fratter - 100,000
James Lindsey - 70,000
Chris Viox -55,000
Thomas Hover - 46,500
Tom Schneider - 26,000