The final event of Season XI of the World Poker Tour is underway , with cards going into the air Saturday afternoon as the Bellagio plays host to the WPT Championship. The $25,000 Championship is the premier event of the season for the WPT, with the most pro-heavy fields of the year as well as one of the largest first-place prizes.
Will Failla got off to the strongest start Saturday, bagging 276,000 from a starting stack of 100,000 to take the chiplead. There were a total of 113 entries on Day 1, with registration open until the end of Level 8 on Sunday. Day 1 had 103 entries one year ago, with the field eventually settling at 152. Players are allowed a single re-entry if they are eliminated before the close of registration.
Others who managed to double their stack or better on Day 1 include Cliff Josephy, Jake Cody, John Hennigan, Tom Marchese and defending champion Marvin Rettenmaier. It was one year ago when Rettenmaier made his first serious push towards becoming the 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year by winning this tournament and recording his first $1 million tournament cash.
Matt Salsberg enters the final event of Season XI with a nearly insurmountable lead in the WPT POY race, with Paul Klann and Ravi Raghavan among the few players who even have a chance to catch him. Paul Volpe, who is well within striking distance in second place, will not be playing this event.
Play will resume at 12 pm local time Sunday in Las Vegas, and they’ll go until the end of Level 10. Here are the top 10 chipcounts going into Day 2 of the 2013 World Poker Tour Championship.
- Will Failla – 276,000
- Jonathan Kamhazi – 273,300
- Mike Linster – 269,000
- Jeffrey Ishbia – 255,000
- Cliff Josephy – 250,800
- Jake Cody – 250,000
- John Hennigan – 225,500
- Arkadiy Tsinis – 222,100
- Marvin Rettenmaier – 222,000
- Amir Babakhani – 217,200
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