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In 2013, David "Chino" Rheem (pictured) won the World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.1 million, defeating a field of 146 entrants in the $25,000 buy-in tournament. This year, the WPT's season finale moved east to Borgata in Atlantic City, where, according to F5 Poker, Rheem had a free entry waiting for him. On Monday, Rheem Tweeted, "Wanna wish all my homies best of luck at Borgata @WPT Championship event! I won't be there to defend last year's title, so play well!" Day 1 of the WPT Championship was held on Monday and Rheem's Tweet sparked a response from Robert Mizrachi, who Tweeted back, "@ChinoRheem I think you have a free roll since u won last year. I would find out." Rheem's final comment on the matter was simply the two-word phrase "What freeroll?" The buy-in this year was dropped to $15,000 for the WPT Championship and the tournament's organizers guaranteed a prize pool of $5 million. First place will earn $1.3 million and a field of 328 players turned out, more than doubling last year's attendance. F5 confirmed with WPT President Adam Pliska that Rheem had been gifted a seat and the news site explained, "The World Poker Tour Championship event is one of the very few events, on any tour, where the previous year's champion gets a free seat the following year. Rheem had a seat just waiting for him… The seat is/was non-transferable or convertible." A PokerListings article insinuated that Rheem may have skipped the WPT Championship on purpose, even if he didn't know he had a free seat: "Rheem… decided to skip the tournament and was instead doing 'choice' (which we'll assume is Choice Leadership Program, of which Daniel Negreanu is a huge proponent)." Whatever the case may be, at the start of the day on Friday, 18 players remain in the WPT Championship, each guaranteed a payout of at least $41,000. Here are the chip counts along with the number of big blinds each player is stacked with, according to WPT's website: Eric Afriat - 2,029,000 (126 bb) Abe Korotki - 1,616,000 (101 bb) Anthony Gregg - 1,499,000 (93 bb) Ryan g0lfa D'Angelo - 1,369,000 (85 bb) Curt Kohlberg - 1,097,000 (68 bb) Justin Young - 993,000 (62 bb) Byron Kaverman - 974,000 (60 bb) Ray Qartomy - 955,000 (59 bb) Brock t soprano Parker - 918,000 (57 bb) Keven Stamdogg Stammen - 867,000 (54 bb) Tom Dobrilovic - 786,000 (49 bb) Chris O'Rourke - 670,000 (41 bb) Tony bond18 Dunst - 622,000 (38 bb) Corey Hochman - 598,000 (37 bb) Bobby Oboodi - 525,000 (32 bb) Glenn Lafaye - 395,000 (24 bb) Hans Winzeler - 320,000 (20 bb) David Grandieri - 209,000 (13 bb) The WPT Championship concludes on Saturday. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.