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2009 World Poker Tour Championship is set for Day 2

The official number of participants in the Bellagio WPT World Championship has been announced as 337 players with 301 remaining in the battle. The first prize is worth $2,143,655 and the top 50 players will share the rest of the $8,172,250 prize pool.  bellagio-wpt

Top 10 after day 1:

1. Vadim Trincher 309,725
2. Johnny Chan 291,675
3. Burt Boutin 281,000
4. Shaun Deeb 269,900
5. Danny Fuhs 254,075
6. Brian Powell 254,075   
7. Rhynie Campbell 239,600
8. Steve Billirakis 232,450
9. Justin Young 231,425
10. Bruno Fitoussi 230,650

Players Remaining: 301 of 337
100,000 in starting chips and 50/100 in blinds with 90 minute levels have kept the gameplay fairly mellow; only 10% of the players have finished the tournament so far. On the other hand one of the notable eliminations was UltimateBet poker pro Phil Hellmuth; after arriving late at 4pm he got involved in a big pot with about half of his chip stack against Amnon Filippi, a recent WPT runner-up. Hellmuth ended up mucking his claimed pocket aces after convincing himself of Filippi hitting a set of kings on turn. On the second encounter a few hands later Hellmuth goes all-in after flopping two smaller pairs but unluckily faces Filippi’s rivered set of Queens. As the result after two hands between the duo Hellmuth gets eliminated from the tournament with somewhat cold deck. Amnon Filippi is on 53rd position after Day 1 with 152,000 in chips. The action will continue throughout the week at the Bellagio.world-poker-tour-logo

Full list of payouts:

1: $2,143,655
2: $1,441,975
3: $773,940
4: $570,265
5: $407,340
6: $285,135
7: $203,670
8: $162,935
9: $130,350
10: $97,760
11-15: $81,470
16-20: $65,175
21-30: $48,880
31-40: $40,735
41-50: $32,585

Total Prize Pool :    $8,172,250

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