Jason Koon Jumps Out to Early Chiplead on Day 1B of WPT Championship


Jason Koon quintupled his starting stack on Day 1B of the 2014 WPT Championship, and his 252,800 gives him the chiplead going into Wednesday’s action.

Both starting days are in the books and registration for the 2014 World Poker Tour World Championship is officially closed, with the future champion sitting somewhere among the 200 remaining players.

Among those 200 players, Jason Koon stands heads and shoulders above the rest – and not just in a physical sense. Koon, who graced the cover of BLUFF back in September, bagged 252,800 to claim the overall chiplead going into Day 2 of the WPT Championship. The top four stacks will come from Day 1B, in fact, with Athanasios Polychronopoulos (223,100), Keith Lehr (220,900) and Lee Markholt (217,700) entering play Wednesday with a head of steam. Day 1A chipleader Paul Volpe will start Wednesday’s action in fifth place.

The overall field eventually reached 328 by the end of Level 6 Tuesday, with 223 players electing to either take their lone shot at it on Day 1B or enter for a second time after busting the previous day. The payouts have not yet been released, but the prizepool is guaranteed to be $5 million and first place is guaranteed to be $1.35 million. In their first year hosting the WPT Championship, the Borgata drew the most entries for this event since Season VII, though it’s worth noting that the buy-in was dropped from $25,000 to $15,000 for 2014.

It’s a stacked field as expected, with 20 different Champions Club members bagging chips on Day 1B including reigning WPT Player of the Year Matt Salsberg, Scotty Nguyen and Will Failla, along with Season XII champs James Carroll, Chris Moorman, Eric Afriat and Daniel Brits.

Day 2 will begin at 12 pm ET at the Borgata, and action will continue through playdown day on Friday and the final table on Saturday, which will be streamed live on the internet with hole cards.

BLUFF caught up with Jason Koon for a quick comment after he bagged his chips.

2014 WPT World Championships – End of Day 1 Chip Counts (Combined)

  1. Jason Koon – 252,800
  2. Athanasios Polychronopoulos – 223,100
  3. Keith Lehr – 220,900
  4. Lee Markholt – 217,700
  5. Paul Volpe – 215,300
  6. Jerry Wong – 198,000
  7. Brandon Steven – 195,500
  8. Scott Seiver – 192,500
  9. Anthony Gregg – 190,600
  10. Kevin Rabichow – 189,700
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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