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WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event Draws 1,127 Entries, Heads Into Day 2 with 117 Survivors

Ryan McKnight eyes first WSOP Circuit title, assumes overall chip lead into Day 2 of the tournament

Another day of quality poker action wrapped up at Harrah’s Cherokee on Saturday. The North Carolina casino is currently hosting the WSOP Circuit and the series’ highlight tournament – the $1,700 Main Event – completed last night the second of two starting flights.

Flight B of one of the most popular Main Events over the course of the WSOP Circuit season drew a total of 1,127 entrants, of whom 708 registered through Day 1B. Flight A of the tournament attracted 419 on Friday.

The Main Event kicked off with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million but the massive interest totally smashed the guarantee, and a prize pool of $1,707,405. The top 117 finishers will receive a share of the money, with min-cashes being worth $2,800. As for the winner, they will walk out with a hefty first-place payout of $311,616, a shiny gold ring, and the right to contend in the season-ending Global Casino Championship, which will take place next summer at Harrah’s Cherokee.

As mentioned earlier, there were 708 players to enter the Main Event through Flight B. After 17 levels played throughout the day, there were just 94 survivors left. They will combine with the 50 finishers who bagged at the end of Flight A for the first time today when Day 2 is set to take place at the host casino. Action resumes at noon local time, and among other things, the 144 survivors will be trying to secure a payout as the bubble is expected to burst early into the day.

Ryan McKnight Bags Into Overall Chip Lead

Flight B ended with Ryan McKnight bagging the largest stack of the day. The player had accumulated 727,000 in chips by the time organizers called it a day. McKnight has previously cashed in four WSOP Circuit and three WSOP events. Last summer, the player finished fourth in the WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack for his career’s largest cash of $374,515. He is now vying for his first-ever Circuit title. It is also important to note that the player is entering Day 2 of the Main Event as the overall chip lead.

Trailing a single big blind behind on the temporary leaderboard is Scott Anderson with 720,000. Anderson, too, entered the Main Event through its second starting flight. Rounding out top three is Jake Bazeley, who won that same event back in December 2014. Bazeley scooped 670,000 last night. Bobby Moon with 655,000 and Flight A chip leader Todd Osborne with 586,000 were the other two players to make it to top five of the chip counts chart.

Day 2 action is set to kick off today at noon local time. The players will have the important task to burst the money bubble and to further reduce the field. The tournament’s final day will take place tomorrow at the host venue.

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Station Casinos Appeals Order to Bargain Unionization at Green Valley Ranch

The casino company files the latest legal challenge in a year-long unionization battle after being ordered to negotiate with the union

Nevada casino operator Station Casinos appealed earlier this week a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which ordered the company’s Green Valley Ranch to negotiate a contract with the Culinary union.

Station was given up to December 31 to appeal the decision. The NLRB issued its ruling this past Monday, ordering the casino operator to “bargain with the union as the exclusive collective-bargaining representative” of workers.

Green Valley Ranch is a hotel and casino resort located in Henderson, Nevada. The property’s gaming floor features 2,262 slot machines and 48 table games. Its hotel has nearly 500 hotel rooms.

The effort for the unionization of Green Valley Ranch workers began over a year ago. Back in November 2017, in a two-day election supervised by the Labor Relations Board, as many as 730 staff members voted in favor of union representation by Culinary Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165.

Station has been disputing the results of the vote for months. Earlier this year, the company filed a complaint, arguing that the Culinary Union engaged in “unfair campaign practices” after the November unionization election. Station also submitted an appeal to the NLRB this past spring, asking for a review of the certification of the November 2017 vote. The board denied that request for review as it did not present substantial issues.

Latest Appeal

In a ruling dated November 26, 2018, the NLRB wrote that by failing and refusing to recognize and negotiate with the Union “as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of employees”, Station has engaged in “unfair labor practices.” The board also ordered the company to cease and desist from failing and refusing to recognize and bargain the terms of unionization of its employees at Green Valley Ranch.

As mentioned earlier, the company was given up to December 31 to appeal the ruling. It filed its appeal in the District of Columbia circuit of the US Court of Appeals in Washington this past Thursday.

In its latest appeal, Station reiterated its point that the union “engaged in objectionable conduct” during he unionization campaign. The company also admitted that it has refused to enter negotiations.

Commenting on the latest developments, Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline said that the union urges Station to “recognize their workers’ voices and votes at Green Valley Ranch” and commence contract negotiations immediately.

Station, which is the third largest private-sector employer in Southern Nevada, has waged over the past several months similar legal challenges against the unionization effort at its Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Workers at that property approved unionization during an April 2018 vote.

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