Tuesday, April 22, 2008


What is claimed to be the greatest field in poker history, coughed up $25k each at the Bellagio to compete for the title of WPT World Champion and a first prize of almost $3.4m.

Surprisingly, that is quite a bit down on last year, when the winner, Carlos Mortensen walked away with a cool $3.97m. Amazingly, he is firmly in contention again, lying in 5th place, if he was to take the title again, it would be a stunning achievement, especially as he already has a WSOP main event to his name.

We are down to around 200 players, with the 51-100th place finishers guaranteed $40k, or around 1.60 to your money for 3-4 days work , a hard way to make an easy living !

Chip leader is Robert "The Grinder" Mizrachi with around 523k in chips, all totals are rounded up and are unofficial figures, so there are bound to be a few small errors, but will give us a feel for how the tournament is unfolding. Along with Mortensen, we have to give another "big up" to 2004 champion Martin de Knijff, he "only"picked up $2.73 for his victory four years ago, so, unlike the Spaniard, he will not be too disappointed with the potential $3.4m pay day !

Selected chip counts....
1) Robert Mizrachi 523k
2) Bryan Devonshire 393k
3) Cory Carroll 385k
4) John Celii 377k
5) Carlos Mortensen 372k
9) Kenny Tran 295k
13) Joe Sebok 278k
15) Marcel Luske 277k
16) Martin de Knijff 276k
20) Gus Hansen 246k

Further down the field are Devilfish 195k, Isabelle Mercier 184k, Padraig Parkinson 184k and Daniel Negreanu 155k. Average stack is around 136, 250 and below that number we find superstar Phil Ivey 136k, Mike Sexton 135k, Barny Boatman 116k, Hevad Khan 113k, Barry Greenstein 111k , Tom "Durrr" Dwan and Andy Black 87k.

With 80k or less, are a host of star names, including Seidel, Seed, Juanda, Harrington, Fischman, Matusow, Brenes, Benyamine, Scotty and the biggest name of all Doyle Brunson.

Lots of poker still to be played and it will be fun to follow the action, which you can do at www.worldpokertour.com

Good Luck.

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