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World Poker Open Main Event - Day 1
2006, Jason Kirk  

The 7th annual World Poker Open kicked off today with 327 players. That was nearly 200 fewer players than last year's WPO main event won by John Stolzmann, but nobody was complaining about the size of the field. With nearly $1 million going to 1st place, who would say anything negative about fewer people being between them and big money? Among those 327 players were some of the biggest names in the game today. Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Josh Arieh, Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Sam Farha, Gavin Smith, Erik Seidel, Michael Mizrachi, John D'Agostino, Humberto Brenes, Hoyt Corkins, TJ Cloutier, and Amir Vahedi were just some of the names on the big board at the start of the day. There were still plenty of relatively unknown players, however, keeping things interesting - and aiming to take the big guns down.

Within the confines of the first level one of the biggest names - WSOP Tournament of Champions winner Mike Matusow - made his exit when his A-K hit top pair on an A-2-2 board but ran into A-A. Daniel Negreanu followed Matusow out the door quickly, as did Steve Zolotow and JC Tran. By the end of the third level the ranks of the busted included Phil Ivey, Gregg Merkow, and Samuel "Slade" Whitt. Not much later Erick Lindgren lost with a full house to a bigger full house, and David Williams' A-Q lost out to Hasan Habib's T-8. The ranks of the eliminated swelled as the day neared its end, and no one's reputation alone was enough to save them.

When the day ended only 163 players remained. While plenty of big names were gone, plenty of big ones remained. Gavin Smith, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, CardPlayer magazine publisher Barry Shulman, and Sam Farha all finished in the top 20, while John Bonetti, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Scotty Nguyen, Todd Brunson, John D'Agostino, and Las Vegas legend Bob Stupak all made it through to Day Two. Also worthy of note were the more "unknown" players who survived, including online pro Mark Kroon, tournament grinders Marc Aubin and Doug Carli, last year's out-of-nowhere WPO champion John Stolzmann, and local player (and Day One chipleader) Dale Morrow.

When it was all said and done, Day One was what it always is - a prelude to the big show, the separation of the wheat from the chaff, the process that allows the cream to rise to the top. Whether the names at the top of today's chip count will still be there at this time tomorrow is something that only another day of tournament poker will decide. The only sure thing is that Day Two is also only a prelude on the way to a million-dollar payday.

 

Player Chips
DALE MORROW 196,500
GAVIN SMITH 136,200
MICHAEL MIZRACHI 135,175
BARRY SHULMAN 113,750
BILL GOEDKEN 112,450
KARLO LOPEZ 97,700
MARK KROON 95,850
JOSH TIEMAN 92,475
MATT KEIKOAN 90,375
DAVOOD MEHRMAND 90,150
JOHN BONETTI 87,575
STEVE STOLZMANN 87,350
CASEY KASTLE 86,925
THOMAS KORAL 84,825
DWAYNE MOYERS 84,550
ZAC REYNOLDS 77,000
THOMAS SCHREIBER 76,800
HOWARD PERRY 75,575
SAM FARHA 75,275
BRIAN MIZOK 75,250
GLEN GRUNER 74,175
DENNIS ANDERSON 73,150
DEE CALDWELL 71,925
JAMES HALEY 69,325
STEVE KAUFMAN 68,400
JOSEPH SEBOK 67,725
VINNY VINH 67,475
GARY HAUBELT 63,875
ROSS TYLER 63,775
NICK VOYATZIS 63,725
JOHN KINCAID 62,650
HOYT CORKINS 62,525
ANDY MILLER 62,275
JOSHUA ARIEH 59,800
BAU LE 59,725
AN TRAN 58,075
RYAN BROWN 56,175
GARY FLUR 55,000
ROBERT BRIND 54,950
MARK HANNA 53,650
DOUGLAS CARLI 53,600
KENNETH BLANTON 52,700
DAVID SINGER 51,500
MICHAEL SICA 51,350
ALLEN KESSLER 51,150
WALTER CHAMBERS 50,325
GALEN KESTER 48,975
KEN HARBAUGH 47,875
CHRIS BELL 47,450
DON MULLIS 47,000
KENNY LEVY 46,550
MARK BURTMAN 46,225
RAUL PAEZ 46,200
RODEEN TALEBI 46,200
MARC AUBIN 45,900
DERRICK BARCH 45,900
RICHARD HENSARLING 45,750
DARRELL DICKEN 45,525
JOHN STOLZMANN 45,150
ERIK SEIDEL 44,350
JOHN JUANDA 42,525
RAY BABB 41,200
STEVE COLASURD 41,150
RANDALL SKAGGS 40,350
TRACY SCALA 39,875
CHRIS GILDONE 39,300
RUSSELL SPAID 39,050
MARK MULLOY 38,525
ROBERT LUPINACCI 37,875
BRYAN LINDBERG 37,525
SCOTTY NGUYEN 36,800
SIAGZAR PAYVAR 36,525
MIKE LAING 36,475
NICK YOBBAGY 35,825
RAMCHAND DEBA 35,575
FARZAD ROUHANI 35,000
BOB STUPAK 34,925
TODD BRUNSON 34,850
HALIM LABABDEH 34,600
ERIC CLOUTIER 34,150
SURINDER SUNAR 34,025
RICHARD TATALOVICH 33,950
EMAD ALABSI 33,925
WILLIAM LESTER 33,575
JAMES CALDERARO 33,550
ALLIE PRESCOTT 33,325
JEFF SEIBERT 33,175
DALLAS WOTTLIN 32,850
BILL SEBER 32,550
CLONIE GOWEN 31,050
JON LUU 29,600
BONNIE DAMIANO 29,250
CARMEL PETRESCO 29,100
JOHN D'AGOSTINO 28,725
TED LAWSON 28,400
JOHN SPADAVECCHIA 28,350
DWIGHT DERRINGER 27,550
JAMIE LIGATOR 27,350
KAREN LONGFELLOW 27,350
JOHNNY DONALDSON 27,025
JOHNNY OLSON 26,825
ANDREW BLACK 26,075
CHAD BROWN 25,925
BEN ARMSTRONG 24,775
JACK AMYX 24,600
MARK COLE 24,150
BENJAMIN GILBERT 23,900
DAN YOUNG 23,875
MALCOLM AMOS 23,250
LIZ LIEU 23,175
BRETT ZIMMERMAN 23,000
JEFF LITTLEFIELD 22,475
KI KIM 22,225
VASSILOS MANIOTIS 21,600
MATT LEFKOWITZ 21,500
ABRAHAM GRAY 21,450
JAMES WORTH 21,350
JEFFREY WHISNANT 21,200
BARRY GREENSTEIN 21,175
HARRY THOMAS 21,175
GARY GIBBS 20,950
GEORGE ABDALLAH 20,850
MICHAEL STAMBOLY 20,400
GREG BLAU 18,625
DAMON RAMIREZ 18,100
STEVEN ROSEN 18,100
NAM LE 18,000
RICHARD BYRD 17,750
TOM MACEY 17,700
HASAN HABIB 17,625
DUTCH BOYD 17,500
MARK NAPOLITANO 17,500
FRED FERRINGTON 17,400
DAVID BACH 17,300
MEN NGUYEN 17,250
PADRAIG PARKINSON 16,625
JOHN WOMACK 16,425
JUSTIN PENA 16,300
MATTHEW HILGER 15,800
PETER GOULD 15,250
STEPHANIE WICKS 14,850
MICHAEL BAXLEY 14,575
JERRI THOMAS 14,400
OLGA VARKONYI 14,225
DAN ALSPACH 14,125
JAKCOB ELBAZ 14,100
CHAU NGUYEN 12,775
FRED SIGUR 12,125
KARL LIMBERT 11,125
JAMES NOGGLE 10,800
BILL BAXTER 10,625
DARREN SPRADLIN 10,625
TOMMY GRIMES 9,925
DEREK TOMKO 9,375
LEE MARKHOLT 8,525
HILBERT SHIREY 8,425
JEFF SHULMAN 8,100
SAM SILVERMAN 7,400
DOUG BOOTH 7,275
CHRIS GENTILE 7,175
LEONARD RAWLEY 6,575
MICHAEL WOOD 4,850
MIKE LOVELACE 3,900

 


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