The final World Poker Tour event of 2014 kicked off Monday afternoon at the Bellagio, and if things continue at the current pace this event will far outdo the field it drew in 2013.
By the end of Level 5 Monday night, a total of 402 entries were in the field – well above the 322 who played on Day 1 one year ago (which eventually reached 449 by the close of registration). Justin Young had amassed 146,200 to outpace all the rest.
A Tweet he sent at the beginning of the day seemed prescient once the bags came out.
After bubbling the 5k yesterday, getting back on my bike and playing the 5 diamond WPT. #irungoodhere
— Justin young (@Justinyoung07) December 15, 2014
Steven Delsi and Chris Bolek – who is on an absolute tear of late – also finished Day 1 with over 100,000. Randy Ohel, Shawn Buchanan, November Niner Bob Bounahra, Antonio Esfandiari and Faraz Jaka among the biggest stacks bagged.
If 2013 is any indication, a fast start might not be an indication of future success. Only Gary Benson, who would go on to finish as the runner-up to Dan Smith, ended Day 1 in the top 10 chip counts. Smith didn’t pick up many chips on Day 1, but the defending champion’s hopes of another deep run are still alive.
It was an eventful day for a few other reasons, too. The seven players who made the cut as the BLUFF.com WPT Ones to Watch were revealed – and several of them made it through to Day 2 too.
Play resumes at 12 pm PST, and registration remains open through three levels and a break. BLUFF will be back with full coverage of Day 2 and all of the action to come – all the way through Saturday and the final tables of both the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the WPT Alpha8 event that begins in a few days.
2014 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – End of Day 1 Chip Counts
- Justin Young – 146,200
- Steven Delsi – 129,475
- Chris Bolek – 111,475
- Mark Darner – 93,550
- Randy Ohel – 91,725
- Shawn Buchanan – 86,000
- Bob Bounahra – 81,075
- Antonio Esfandiari – 80,950
- Faraz Jaka – 80,300
- Matt Berkey – 77,000
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