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Foxwoods Poker Classic -- Day 1

A Small Field of 259 Players Started the Tournament

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Day 1 of the World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Classic began on Friday at noon and just 259 players took seats in the tournament. As a result of the small turnout, the total prize pool was $2,436,930, and for the first time a WPT event at Foxwoods will award a first-place prize that is less than $1 million ($731,079). Here is a look at the full payout structure:

1: $731,079
2: $409,405
3: $214,449
4: $138,905
5: $106,007
6: $85,292
7: $68,235
8: $54,830
9: $46,315
10-12: $40,209
13-15: $34,117
16-20: $28,024
21-25: $23,150
26-30: $20,713

A fair amount of pro players made the trip to the East Coast to play in the event, but a large chunk of the field made its exit on day 1, including Bertrand Grospellier, Nam Le, Matt Giannetti, Carlos Mortensen, Shane Schleger, Gavin Smith, Victor Ramdin, and Erik Seidel. Day 1 played out during five, 90-minute levels as the field shrank to 165, but due to the small field, subsequent days of the tournament may be shortened to fill out the six-day schedule for the event and accommodate the taping of the final table on Wednesday, Apr. 8. Here is a look at the leader board at the end of day 1:

Anthony Gregg1: Ken Adams -- 140,775
2: Daniel Pelletier -- 123,775
3: Anthony Gregg -- 113,675
4: Nick Saxon -- 109,825
5: Anthony Gargano -- 108,900
6: Frankie Flowers -- 108,875
7: John LaRochelle -- 108,775
8: William Botchis -- 108,625
9: Andy Stone -- 107,100
10: Michael Farris -- 104,525

A cast of notable professionals remain, including Barry Greenstein (83,125), recent Bay 101 Shooting Star champion Steve Brecher (80,000), David Williams (78,075), Jonathan Little (78,075), Mike Matusow (50,400), Nenad Medic (40,000), Nick Schulman (24,000), and Hoyt Corkins (18,850).

Action on day 2 begins at noon ET, Saturday, Apr. 4. Check back for a recap of the day 2 action late Saturday night on CardPlayer.com.