The starting flights of the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event are now over and Rahul Deevara will have the chip lead going into Day 2 of the event.
Deevara will be one of 125 players playing it out for first place on the second day. With $228,600 and a seat into the National Championship going to the top spot in the tournament, competition is set to heat up in the coming days. 51 players from the first starting flight made the cut to Day 2, while 74 players from Day 1b advanced.
With 466,000 to his name, Deevara has established himself as the early favourite to take out the Main Event. Daniel Weinman is hot on his heels, however, with a chip stack of 373,000 coming into Day 2. Day 1a chip leader Ben Mintz is currently equal third on the chip ladder, along with Claudia Crawford, with 313,000 chips. Both Mintz and Crawford are also in easy reach of Deevara as the second day of play begins.
Deevara will be battling tooth and nail to keep his chip lead, however, as he hopes to win his first professional poker event. Deevara had played a number of small poker tournaments, most of them in the southeastern part of the US. The top prize of $228,600 for this tournament would eclipse Deevara’s biggest poker cash prize, which is currently $8,523.
The win would also be roughly ten times his total cash prize wins as listed on the Hendon Mob poker database. This will surely be enough motivation for the Atlanta native to continue his solid poker play into the coming days of the Main Event.
Day 1b of the event was notable for the participation of “Boston” Rob Mariano, who starred in four seasons of the reality TV show Survivor, as well as two seasons of The Amazing Race. He also had his own reality show called Rob and Amber: Against the Odds, which followed his attempts to become a professional poker player and featured Daniel Negreanu.
Mariano, who won $1 million in one Survivor season he starred in, was unable to replicate his reality show success onto the poker table as he was knocked out during the starting flight.
Day 2 of the three-day World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event is set to begin at the crescent city’s Harrah’s Hotel and Casino.