WSOP APAC Day 1 ends with Negreanu and Ivey on top

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 11, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

wsopapacNearly 400 players registered on Day 1 of the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) Main Event according to the unofficial tally, and with registration open well into Day 2 of the tournament that number should creep up on Friday, and leave it right in the same ballpark as the WSOP Europe Main Event tally from 2012, which hit the Matt Stoutian number of 420.

With the exception of the opening event of the tournament series, the $1,100 Accumulator reentry tournament, the attendance tally has been mediocre at best, which makes the 400 or so entries in the Main Event a solid number, and bodes well for a second WSOP APAC tournament series in 2014.

After my praise of the coverage earlier this week we are left with nothing but unofficial numbers for the Main Event, and have very little idea of the number of remaining players from the estimated 390 that registered on Thursday. Hopefully everything will be sorted out overnight, with prize-pool and attendance numbers finalized soon after the 8 PM registration cutoff on Friday. According to the WSOP Live Reporting (which is being handled by the Top 10 chip counts on Day 1 of the WSOP APAC Main Event were:

1. Daniel Negreanu — 136,050

2. Joel Feldman — 132,875

3. Phil Ivey — 123,300

4. Mike Watson — 105,000

5. Brandon Wong — 100,000

6. Ben Wilinofsky — 100,000

7. Nai Hu — 99,000

8. David Balkin — 96,325

9. Raj Ramakrishnan — 93,000

10. Andrew Scott — 80,000

Along with Negreanu, Ivey, Mike Watson, and Ben “neverscaredB” Wilinofsky who landed in the unofficial Top 10, there is some serious firepower lurking farther down the leader-board including Erik Seidel, Greg Merson, Brandon Cantu, Barry Greenstein, WSOP APAC bracelet winner Jim Collopy, Jeremy Ausmus, Aussie Million champions David Gorr and Oliver Speidel, Jackie Glazier, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff Lisandro, Jonathan Duhamel, Dominik Nitsche, Dan Shak, Jean-Robert Bellande, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Joe Cheong just to name some of the big names still in the hunt for the inaugural WSOP APAC Main Event title.

Play will resume at 2 PM local time on Friday, and as stated above registration will be open to 8 PM (reentries are not permitted in this event) at which time the final attendance numbers and payouts should be announced. With roughly the same number of entrants as the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event, a quick look at their payout sheet hints that the winner of the WSOP APAC Main Event will likely receive about $1,000,000.



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