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Shawn Buchanan Leads Day 1 of the WPT World Championship
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WPT World Championship, Day 1 Recap
The eighth season of the World Poker Tour is coming to a conclusion with the $25,000 WPT World Championship. In addition to the prizepool and the title of WPT Champion, there is also a hotly-contested Player of the Year race nearing the finish line.
Day 1 began shortly after 12:00 noon PT with 117 players, and another 44 players signed up during the day to increase the field size to 161. Registration remains open until about 5:00 pm PT on Day 2, and we expect the field to approach 200 players.
Everyone who registers overnight will begin play with a full starting stack of 100,000, which is still worth 125 big blinds at the start of Day 2. That's much better than the players who busted on Day 1, or those returning to Day 2 with a short stack.
But some players made the most of their Day 1. Here's a look at the Top 10 chip counts with 138 players remaining:
1. Shawn Buchanan - 388,600
2. Brian Lemke - 298,825
3. David Benyamine - 291,275
4. Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 277,375
5. Soheil Shamseddin - 244,000
6. Chris Moore - 243,700
7. Cody Slaubaugh - 231,300
8. Phil Ivey - 230,250
9. Todd Terry - 213,825
10. Christian Harder - 211,675
Faraz Jaka finished the day in 95th place with 86,325. Jaka leads the WPT Player of the Year race, but his lead is far from safe. Among the chipleaders, Soheil Shamseddin could catch him with a third-place (or higher) finish, and Todd Terry could catch Jaka with a fourth-place (or higher) finish. Another 25 players or so are also in the running if they reach the final table. Of course, Jaka controls his own destiny as long as he is still alive in the tournament.
Bellagio is running another satellite this evening to add players to the field, and we expect a fresh group of players (including Phil Hellmuth, Andy Bloch, and Tom "Durrrr" Dwan) to buy in before registration closes.
Return to WorldPokerTour.com tomorrow (Monday) at 12:00 noon PT for continuing live coverage of the WPT World Championship and the hotly-contested WPT Player of the Year race.
12:20 AM, 04/19/10