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Strip Poker: First Bellagio Five-Star Classic Prelim Over

Mike Chow Wins Almost $140,000 for First

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In this "Strip Poker" series, Card Player covers the Las Vegas poker scene — on The Strip and around the city.Mike Chow

The first Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic preliminary event is on the books, and the winner of the $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event was Mike Chow.

From the 237 entrants, a prize pool of just under $460,000 was generated. Chow took the lion’s share of almost $140,000 for first, as well as a $25,000 seat into the World Poker Tour Championship. Here were the final table payouts:

  1. Mike Chow — $139,495
  2. Justin Newton — $95,000
  3. James Mackey — $95,000
  4. David Baker — $26,060
  5. Matt Elsby — $19,545
  6. David Markosyan — $15,200
  7. Michael Mizrachi — $10,855
  8. Travis Pearson — $8,685
  9. Bill Baxter — $6,950

Event No. 2, a $2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, started yesterday and will conclude today. A number of pros are still in contention. The following are chip counts for the remaining players:

  1. Eric Baldwin — 155,500
  2. Thayer Rasmussen — 90,000
  3. Peter Neff — 90,000
  4. John Murphy — 83,000
  5. Shannon Shorr — 81,500
  6. Jon Kalmar — 74,000
  7. Robert Herman — 70,000
  8. David Levi — 58,000
  9. Francois Safieddine — 40,000

For more results, or to find a complete schedule, click here. Click here for event satellite information.