243 Players Turn Out For Day 1 of WPT Bellagio Cup VIPublished on July 12th, 2010 2:35 am EST
The U.S. leg of season nine of the World Poker Tour got under way earlier today as the WPT Bellagio Cup VI kicked off in Las Vegas.
The Bellagio Cup VI featured a greatly reduced buy-in of $10,300 (compared to $15,400 last year) in an effort to boost the field size this year. In addition, tournament organizers are keeping registration open until Tuesday afternoon (Day 3!) in order to accommodate people who bust from the main event on Monday or early Tuesday. The Bellagio is also going to continue running satellites on Sunday night and Monday in order to increase the size of the field even more.
In total, 243 players turned out for Day 1 of the event. When all is said and done, the tournament will likely end up with roughly 300 entrants, which will create a total prize pool of around $3 million (in 2009, 268 people paid the $15,400 entry fee to create a total prize pool of nearly $4 million).
Here are your tournament chip leaders after Day 1 of the event:
Guillaume Darcourt - 252k
Joseph Micell - 172k
Darren Kramer - 152k
Phil Collins - 144k
Billy Baxter - 140k
Some of the well-known names with above average chip stacks after Day 1 are:
Vivek Rajkumar - 115k
Chad Brown - 87k
Cory Carroll - 82k
Eli Elezra - 64k
Justin Bonomo - 58k
Some of the well-known names who were sent to the rail on Sunday included:
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Day 2 of the WPT Bellagio Cup VI will get under way on Monday afternoon in Las Vegas.
Day 1 of the Bellagio Cup VI also saw the triumphant return of Kimberly Lansing to the World Poker Tour (she is providing Live Updates and will work as the anchor on the television show).
In addition, Faraz Jaka received his Season 8 Player of the Year award.
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