Massachusetts resident and Jamaican native Linsford Geddes topped the counts with 230,000, thanks in large part to a climactic collision that occurred on the last hand of Day 1B. Geddes turned the stone nuts with on a board, and before he knew it two players shoved all in before he could act. One of those shoves was for approximately 80,000 chips, while the other was for far less, and Geddes snapped off the bets before imploring the dealer to hold. Geddes’s nut straight was fading against the larger all in, while the shorter stack held for a flopped straight that had been ran down. When the completed the board Geddes began whooping it up, celebrating with his friends on the rail before commiserating with his former tablemate in the next seat over, telling him that the hand essentially played itself.
Geddes leapfrogged over Carlo Sciannameo (pictured) to take the overall chip lead, after the latter dominated Day 1A to bag up 209,100. Sciannameo was active throughout the day, playing what seemed to be every pot and pushing his opponent’s around at every turn.
There are several big names and big stacks trailing Geddes and Sciannameo in the counts, including Sergio Ramirez (187,900), three-time Circuit ring winner Ryan Eriquezzo (120,500), East Coast grinder Mike Dentale (122,000), WPT Champion’s Club member Will “The Thrill” Failla (119,500), D.J. MacKinnon (61,000), WSOP bracelet winner Andrew Badecker (60,800), and Fred Paradis (52,100). Each of these players bagged up on their first bullet, while Paul McCaffrey (88,600) and Alex Queen (81,000) managed to make it through Day 1B on their second attempt.
Notable names who fell by the wayside during Friday’s starting flights include Valentin Vornicu, Mark Dube, Lily Kiletto, Paul Mattioda, Raj Patel, Sara Kopp, and reigning WSOP-C Casino Champion Randal Sklar.
The remaining 117 players will reconvene on Saturday at 12 noon EST for Day 2, and you can follow all of the action right here on WSOP.com.
Full chip counts and seat draws are available on the Foxwoods Blog at www.FoxwoodsPoker.com.