Negreanu and Smith lead the pack at WSOPE
179 of the 362 players in this year's WSOPE main event will be returning to the Empire Casino this afternoon for day 2, with Justin 'BoostedJ' Smith and Daniel Negreanu in pole positions. Annette Obrestad won't be returning to defend her title as she was eliminated yesterday, but a huge number of high stakes icons are still in the mix.
Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Scott Fischman, Brian Townsend and David Benefield are amongst the chip leaders returning today, but all the way to the bottom of the chip counts looks like a who's who of world poker. Roland De Wolfe and Chris Moorman are up there with the leaders representing the UK, as is the Devilfish, John Tabatabai, Mazhar Nawab, Ben Grundy and last year's finalist Dominic Kay.
Two men who might be keeping an eye on each other even more than our live updates team will be November 9 finalists Scott Montgomery and Ivan Demidov, who both managed to find themselves amongst the chip leaders at the end of day 1a.
With so many massive names still left in the field it would be impossible to make any early predictions as to how this event is going to go down, although the presence of Daniel Negreanu with a chip lead must hang over some of the participants. Our exclusive live coverage will be running today, as always, as soon as the first card is dealt so watch this space for all the news at the WSOPE:
Chip leaders heading into day 2
Justin Smith - 158,925
Daniel Negreanu - 154,050
Jamie Rosen - 139,225
David Benefield - 126,775
Sargon Ruya - 114,100
Eric Sagstrom - 98,750
Yoshihiro Tasaka wins APPT Seoul
You would be forgiven for thinking that every poker player and their dog was in London right now, but 165 players were doing battle in Seoul last weekend for the rapidly growing Pokerstars.net Asian Pacific Poker Tour. Yoshihiro Tasaka of Japan emerged victorious, taking down the $128,216 first prize and the coveted trophy, when he defeated Hidenari Shiono heads up.
Doyle defeats Annette Heads Up
The hotly anticipated heads up battle between young internet phenom Annette Obrestad and living legend Doyle Brunson took place at the Empire Casino yesterday, with a 2-0 whitewash from Texas Dolly. It wasn't a grudge match by any stretch of the imagination, with Brunson signing copies of his book and Annette representing WSOPE sponsors Betfair.
Thus far the USA haven't had a single WSOPE bracelet to check through luggage in the last 12 months, but this will have been a confidence booster for them as Doyle bested the WSOPE champion in quick succession, beating her straight with a better straight in match one and outkicking her pair of jacks in the second. Brunson continues to have the upper hand on Annette, as he remains in the WSOPE main event for day 2 whereas Annette won't be returning to defend her title after busting yesterday.
Ben Turnstill wins the Sunday Brawl
Popular UK player Ben Turnstill took down one of the biggest Sunday tournaments early this morning, the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. The $240+$16 Knockout Tournament had 1781 entrants and a $356,000, which saw RookieITB as he is known online take down the $73,377 first prize. This big score was a long time coming for a player who many believe is one of the brightest young talents in the UK.
Two hot promos from PartyPoker
We knew the new look Party Poker would be like the old look Party Poker, in that it would be jam packed with added value promotions. To celebrate the launch of the new look poker tables, the poker room will be giving away $2 million in added prizes in October as well as holding their biggest ever MTT.
From tomorrow until the end of October the Big Deal promotion is giving away around $2 million just for playing at the Party Poker tables. There will be a daily $10,000 jackpot draw with 100 lucky winners and an estimated $2 million jackpot draw on November the 1st with 10,000 winners. You only need to accrue one point to be included in the draw and you have to opt in to the draw at the Party Poker website.
Then on Sunday November 30th is the King of the Table tournament with a $2 million guarantee, a $640 MTT with a championship style blind structure. Not only that, if you earn just one party point today, you will win four freeroll shots which guarantee 200 seats to this main event, the freerolls take place this week at 14.30 ET on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: "There have never been more reasons why you should play on the all new PartyPoker.com today. One PartyPoint provides a massive stepping stone to an entry into the King of the Table $2 million guaranteed and the Big Deal offers a fantastic chance to win cash just from playing at the tables."