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WPT World Poker Open Goes Into Day Two

Top 10 Leaders Include David Pham, David Williams, and Joe Sebok


The list of the chip leaders after the first day of the World Poker Tour's World Poker Open is full of dangerous players who have set themselves up to win the $683,473 top prize and a $25,000 entry to the WPT Championship next month.

The leader of the event, which started yesterday and is set to conclude at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Wednesday, March 28, is David Pham, who has $180,000 in chips. Devin Porter, who has cashed in six events for $626,000 since 2005, is second in chips with $155,000.

Right behind him is 2005 World Series of Poker runner-up David Williams with $130,000 chips. Pro Mark Seif is next, with $110,000, followed by Brandon Banks ($102,000), Joe Sebok ($95,000), J.C. Tran ($95,000), Jack Fox ($85,000), Chantel McNulty ($80,000), and Brandon Cantu ($75,000).

By the way, yesterday was Sebok's birthday. He is 30.

Some of the notable players out of the top 10 chips leaders include Sebok's dad Barry Greenstein with about $60,000, Mike Matusow ($55,000), Erick Lindgren ($50,000), Mimi Tran ($46,000), Joe Pelton ($40,000), and Nam Le ($22,000).

Some of the notable eliminations include Daniel Negreanu, Dustin Woolf, Victor Ramdin, Chip Jett, Gavin Smith, Bill Edler, Barry Shulman, John Juanda, Jeff Madsen, Ted Forrest, and Antonio Esfandiari.

Going into the second day, which begins at noon PT, 90 players remain out of the 475 who paid the $5,000 entry fee.

The total prize pool for the event is $2.2 million. The top 45 players will receive at least $6,835, and those who make the final table of six will win at least $113,913.

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