Another 223 players opted to take a chance in the World Poker Tour World Championship last night with that number being reduced to 138 on Day 1b. That meant we have had a total of 328 registrations to more than double last years attendance of 146.
Leading the field at the end of Day 1b was Jason Koon after an impressive display saw him rack up a chip count of 252,800.
Long way to go but ended the day with 252,800. Should be good for the chiplead. #WPTchampionship
— Jason Koon (@JasonKoon) April 23, 2014
He leads a top ten that includes Justin Young and former November Niner Russell Thomas whilst further back in the field are some pretty impressive names such as Allen Kessler, Jared Jaffee, Will Failla, Loni Harwood, Men Nguyen, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Moorman and Scotty Nguyen.
Today I met Curt Kohlberg and he put me in a coffin all day. Bagged up 71,900 going into day2 though at 1200bb. #day2Wptchampionships
— Chris Moorman (@Moorman1) April 23, 2014
141k in the bag. On to day 2 we go… Big day tommorrow #wptchampionship
— Jared Jaffee (@jaredjaffee21) April 23, 2014
Among the names that could not progress into Day 2 were Mohsin Charania, Kara Scott, Ryan Riess, Noah Schwartz and PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov.
Built up a nice stack then lost 3rd nut flush vs @VanessaRousso ‘s nut flush for 125k pot. Then QQ vs JT for 30k pot on J86, Monaco next!
— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) April 22, 2014
The action continues with Day 2 today as both sets of survivors from the opening day flights get together for the first time. The prize pool information will also be available so we will be able to let you know how much the winner is going to be taking home from this event.
Join us tomorrow for the latest update on proceedings.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Jason Koon – 252,800
2nd) Athanasios Polychronopoulos – 223,100
3rd) Keith Lehr – 220,900
4th) Lee Markholt – 217,700
5th) Kevin Rabichow – 189,700
6th) Bart Dowling – 186,200
7th) Abe Korotki – 172,300
8th) Justin Young – 166,800
9th) Hans Winzeler – 157,900
10th) Russell Thomas – 154,000