WSOP Poker Player’s Championship Attracts 77 Entrants

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There were 77 entrants in this year’s Poker Player’s Championship at the World Series of Poker, down 25% from last year’s tally of 102 as it currently stands. After five 100-minute levels of play, Scott Seiver (pictured) bagged up the Day 1 chip lead with 350,000 and leads a pack of 73 survivors.

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Seiver Tweeted at the end of Day 1, “Ended Day 1 of the PPC with 350,700. No clue but that might be the chip lead!” Indeed it was.

Registration is still open for the start of Day 2, so we could see a few stragglers come out and bump up attendance. Last year’s champion, John Hennigan, is still alive and ended up with 212,000 in chips when Day 1 was through. Another former winner of this event, Michael Mizrachi (pictured), has a stack of 249,000.

There were a grand total of four eliminations on Sunday, including PocketFiver James Andy McLEODObst, who went busto courtesy of Jeffrey Lisandroduring Seven Card Stud. Brian tsarrastRast was also eliminated after being crippled by Justin Boosted J Smith in PLO. That hand helped Smith end the day in third place.

The tournament resumes at 2pm PT on Monday, when five more levels will be played. Here’s how the contingent of several PocketFives members in the top 30 looks:

3. Justin Boosted J Smith – 273,300
5. Randy mavsrule3 Ohel – 250,000
7. Dan djk123 Kelly – 242,500
13. Steve MrSmokey1 Billirakis – 214,800
23. Shaun shaundeeb Deeb – 184,400
25. Dylan ImaLucSac Linde – 180,100
26. Dan KingDan Smith – 179,600
27. Paul paulgees81 Volpe – 179,000
28. Eric gpokerg Wasserson – 178,500
29. Cal cal42688 Anderson – 176,900

Although teased by WSOP officials as potentially being in attendance for the event, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey have yet to show. Brunson entered the Super Seniors tournament, but was tagged by PokerNews as “doubtful” for the Poker Player’s Championship. He late registered for this event last year. Ivey is nowhere to be seen.

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