William Hicks leads After Day 1a as 11 Advance to Day 2

The inaugural World Series of Poker Circuit Caribbean at the iconic Casino Royale on Sint Maarten kicked off on Thursday November 3rd and the very first Satellite resulted in four entries to the $1,675 Main Event.

Today saw another Satellite scheduled with three entries being given away to the $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry Event #3. The first WSOPC ring event of the festival saw Day 1a kick off and all players started with 10,000 in chips. Registration remained open until the start of level 10 and a total of 69 entries were gathered to put the tournament well on track to meet the guarantee of $50,000.

Among those to take part were Layne Flack, Peter Lawson, some regulars and also boss Peter Hajszan of Austria’s Poker Royale, as well as many familiar faces of the island. Robbie Bakker, who finished sixth in the 2013 WPT Caribbean at the very same venue, as well as Canada’s Arman Bosnakyan also took part and both were among 11 players to bag up chips for Day 2.

Flack’s stack was gone after running into the flopped set of jacks of Frederic Maniez. The latter ran with kings into the aces of Bonnel in the last few levels of the night while Bakker dodged a pair and flush draw to double through Dueval Fenton with kings at almost the same time.

However, it ultimately was Sint Maarten resident William Hicks who stormed into the lead in the last level of the night and claimed 202,900, well ahead of Bakker’s 159,000 and Pierre Goetze’s 89,000. Julien Bonnel follows in fourth with 78,400, while Bosnakyan made it through with 48,300.

Position Player Country Chip Count
1 William Hicks USA 202,900
2 Robbie Bakker Netherlands 159,000
3 Pierre Goetz Saint Martin 89,000
4 Julien Bonnel France 78,400
5 T. Slamani France 55,700
6 Augusto Cavazzini Italy 52,600
7 Arman Bosnakyan Canada 48,300
8 Daniel Allafort France 43,600
9 Donald Spence USA 42,300
10 Dueval Fenton Saint Martin 41,800
11 Erwin Hammer Austria 16,700

It was initially scheduled to play 15 levels of 30 minutes each on Day 1a, however one level was cut off and this also means that Day 1b as of 6 p.m. local time on Saturday as well as Day 1c at the same time on Sunday will have as many levels. The winner of the WSOP Circuit ring will then be determined on Monday as of 3.30 p.m. and the level duration increases to 40 minutes for Day 2 and 50 minutes for the final table.

Besides the second starting day, Saturday will feature another $65 Satellite for Event #3 at 4 p.m. and a $135 Rebuy Satellite for the WSOP Circuit Caribbean Main Event as of 9 p.m. local time.

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