Sunday, May 15, 2011



2011 PTPR Tournament Player of the Year leader Ali Eslami sits second after first day play at the WPT Championship. A solid result would only help Eslami pad his lead atop the leaderboard as we inch closer to the WSOP. Eslami leads Italian Alessio Isaia by 5 PTPR Points however Isaia won't be able to grad the lead back from Eslami, Isaia, the WPT Venice Champ, was one of the few casualties on Day 1 (the others were Somerville, Kassela, Tilly, Lawson, Mohajeri, Esfandiari, Mortensen, Froehlich and Benyamine).

Solid pro Christian Harder leads the way, he is looking for his first PTPR Score of the season.

The Godfather himself, Doyle Brunson is sixth in chips and will be looking to continue his strong play on Day 2, hoping to capture his first major championship in a few years.

The tournament is stocked with big name players, in fact, you can recognize almost every single runner in this field - it is, by far, the best field in a open event this season.

We currently have 188 registered into the event - players can still buy into the event for a few levels on Sunday - we're expecting a total field of over 200 - Tony G and Jason Mercier have already indicated that they will be making their way to the Bellagio for Day 2 play.

Here are the Top 10 chip leaders heading into Day 2:
1. Christian Harder - 249,975
2. Ali Eslami - 240,475
3. Kyle Julius - 237,675
4. Justin Young - 234,575
5. Alan Sternberg - 233,675
6. Doyle Brunson - 230,000
7. Kevin Saul - 229,975
8. Masaaki Kagawa - 229,500
9. Robert Mercer - 222,850
10. Curt Kohlberg - 216,925

Tune into for live tournament updates.

World Poker Tour World Championship
WPT World Championship
May 14-20, 2011

Bellagio Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Buy-in: $25,500
Prizepool: TBA
Entries: 188 (registration still open)

Defending Champion: David Williams

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