Event 14: $15,400 $5 Million Guaranteed WPT World Championship
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Highlights

Highlights

Event 14: $15,400 $5 Million Guaranteed WPT World Championship
Day 1a Completed

Day 1a of the WPT World Championship is Done and Dusted

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

The poker world's collective focus has undoubtedly shifted to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, where the WPT World Championship kicked off on Monday.

The season-ending event boasted a $15,400 buy-in - representing a reduction in cost for the WPT's premier tournament from its historic standard of $25,500 - but a $5 million guarantee more than made up for the lower entry fee. A total of 105 players took their shot here today - including the usual assortment of elite pros, along with professional football player Miles Austin - with many more expected to show up tomorrow for the second starting flight. There will need to be 239 more entries recorded for the guarantee to be met, but with satellites running around the clock in the Borgata Poker Room, chances are high the number will be eclipsed before the late registration ends. This reentry tournament also allows casualties from today a second chance to build and bag a stack, so many players who went bust during Day 1a will be back tomorrow looking to rebound.

The chip leader after eight full levels of deep-stacked poker was Paul Volpe, who managed to bag up a stack of 215,300 when it was all said and done. Volpe surged to the top of the leaderboard late in the evening, coming back from dinner break to bust Micah Raskin in a set-over-set-style cooler.

Just 62 runners survived the day, with the room's biggest stacks belonging to Jerry Wong (198,000), Brandon Steven (195,500), Scott Seiver (192,500), Tony Gregg (190,600), She Lok Wong (177,200), Jordan Seigel (163,500), Shannon Shorr (151,600) and Brock Parker (140,000). Phil Hellmuth made his customary late arrival just after the dinner break, managing to run his 50,000 starting stack up to 82,900 in just two levels of play. Austin hung tough throughout much of the day, patiently grinding a short stack while trying to remain incognito, but when he doubled through the chip-leading Volpe on the last deal of the night, he caught the deep ball he needed to potentially begin a deep run against this stacked championship field.

There were many notable names and elite pros who fell short of the finish line, including Robert "Uncle Krunk" Panitch, Lily Kiletto, Noah Schwartz, and Chris Moorman.

Day 1b kicks off tomorrow at 11 a.m. local time, so check in then to follow all of the action live from the floor of the Borgata's Signature Room, as the WPT World Championship rolls on.

Tags: Paul Volpe

Official End-of-Day Counts (full)

[user101598] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 215,300 300
Jerry Wong us
Jerry Wong
us 198,000 29,000
Brandon Steven us
Brandon Steven
us 195,500 74,500
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 192,500 24,500
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 190,600 5,600
She Lok Wong us
She Lok Wong
us 177,200 33,200
Jordan Siegel us
Jordan Siegel
us 163,500
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 151,600 39,600
Tom Dobrilovic
Tom Dobrilovic
131,900 -100
Orson Young us
Orson Young
us 130,000 65,000
David Paredes us
David Paredes
us 129,200 11,200
Jordan Cristos us
Jordan Cristos
us 127,500 27,500
Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 127,300 2,300
Eli Berg us
Eli Berg
us 123,300
Ravi Raghavan us
Ravi Raghavan
us 114,900
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 111,500 82,100
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 110,300 -6,700
Tom McCormick us
Tom McCormick
us 101,700 51,700
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
us 97,300 14,300
Justin Zaki us
Justin Zaki
us 96,400 21,400
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 93,400 31,900
Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 92,200 4,200
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 91,500 10,500
Brian Lemke us
Brian Lemke
us 91,300 6,300
Tony Cousineau us
Tony Cousineau
us 88,000 34,500

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Austin Doubles Through Volpe on Last Hand of Night

[user101598] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Miles Austin opened for a raise from under the gun, the action folded to Paul Volpe who three-bet in the big blind, and Austin moved all in for 40,000 even. Volpe snap-called.

Austin: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Volpe: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

The two-time Pro Bowler was in rough shape, but the {7-Spades}{10-Spades}{a-Spades} flop gave him aces up. It also gave Volpe a flush draw, however, and any spade on the turn or river would eliminate Austin.

Fortunately for him both the {9-Diamonds} and the {5-Diamonds} were bricks, and Austin doubled through. Volpe fell to 215,000 chips, and may still be the chip leader.

Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 215,000 -36,000
Miles Austin
Miles Austin
85,000 60,000

Tags: Miles AustinPaul Volpe

Four More Hands

[user272102] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

They will be playing four more hands and then bagging and tagging for the night.

Two-Time Pro Bowler in the House

[user101598] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Miles Austin
Miles Austin

Sitting underneath a hat and a hoodie and saying little to nothing at Table 2 is perhaps the biggest name here on Day 1a of the World Poker Tour World Championship. We didn't recognize him at first because he is doing his best to act as invisible as possible, but after a few good looks we can confirm that two-time Pro Bowler and current NFL free agent wide receiver Miles Austin is in the building.

Austin is a New Jersey native, growing up in Garfield, NJ and attending college at Monmouth. He went undrafted in 2006, but signed with the Dallas Cowboys and exploded onto the scene three years later. After never catching more than 13 balls in a single season, Austin hauled in 81 passes in 2009 for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was voted to the Pro Bowl, and returned to Honolulu again the next season.

Currently a free agent after another injury-plagued season, Austin has chosen to take his shot against some of the best poker players in the world here at Borgata. He's off to a slow start with around 25,000 chips — half of the starting stack — but just like his own NFL career, Austin will try to heat things up during the latter stages of Day 1a and into Day 2.

Tags: Miles Austin

Riess Railed in Last Level of Night

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Ryan Riess - Eliminated
Ryan Riess - Eliminated

Ryan Riess looked down to find {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades} in the hole, and with a Byron Kaverman open to 2,200 already made, the defending World Series of Poker Main Event champion three-bet jammed for 19,000 from the hijack.

Action folded around to Tony Dunst in the small blind, and he made the call to put Riess at risk. Kaverman got out of the way and Riess found himself in a race against Dunst's {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}.

The flop was a safe one for Riess, coming {q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, but the turn bit him when the {a-Diamonds} fell to the table. The river card came {4-Spades} to complete the board and with that Riess headed for the exits.

Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 88,000 3,000
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
us Busted

Tags: Ryan RiessTony DunstByron Kaverman

Updated Chip Counts

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

As many current counts as we could muster during a recent pass through the Signature Room.

Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 251,000 -9,000
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 185,000 15,000
Jerry Wong us
Jerry Wong
us 169,000 53,000
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 168,000 -44,000
She Lok Wong us
She Lok Wong
us 144,000 29,000
Matt Waxman us
Matt Waxman
us 121,000 54,000
David Paredes us
David Paredes
us 118,000 -2,000
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 117,000 -8,000
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 112,000 10,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 96,000 7,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 81,000 8,000
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 79,000 -36,000
Mukul Pahuja us
Mukul Pahuja
us 79,000 31,000
Mohsin Charania us
Mohsin Charania
us 63,000 63,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de
Marvin Rettenmaier
de 56,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 39,000 3,000
Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
us 34,000 -1,000

Bon Nite Darcourt

[user272102] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Guillaume Darcourt
Guillaume Darcourt

With the board showing {10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and 13,000 already in the pot, Guillaume Darcourt bet 6,000 only to find himself facing a raise from Eric Baldwin that would be for his tournament life.

Darcourt was short and decided to gamble, making the call with {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. He was behind Baldwin's {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs} but had plenty of outs to survive. Any nine, seven, six, or four would do the deed. The river was the {J-Hearts} though and that would be the end of the day for the Frenchman.

Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 125,000 35,000
Guillaume Darcourt fr
Guillaume Darcourt
fr Busted

Tags: Eric BaldwinGuillaume Darcourt

Perper Busts

[user101598] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 100 ante

After shoving several times, Dan Perper moved all in for around 10,000 on the button, and James St. Hilaire re-shoved in the small blind. Guillaume Darcourt surrendered out of the big blind.

Perper: {10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
St. Hilaire: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

The dealer fanned {j-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, giving Perper an open-ended straight draw, and the {4-Clubs} on the turn gave him eight extra outs to make a flush. Unfortunately for him, the {9-Diamonds} on the river was a big red brick, and he was eliminated.

"Good luck tomorrow," Matt Glantz offered.

"He had too many outs," St. Hilaire said after the hand. "If all he needed was a pair on the river, I would've started to pay him."

James St. Hilaire
James St. Hilaire
40,000
Dan Perper
Dan Perper
Busted

Tags: Guillaume DarcourtMatt GlantzDan PerperJames St. Hilaire