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Bellagio Cup V -- Day 1B

The Field Grows to 268 Players -- First Place-Prize is $1,187,670


After a small turnout on day 1A, the World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup V $15,000 no-limit hold’em championship saw a much larger field in attendance for day 1B. There were 188 players that took seats in the Fontana Lounge at Bellagio this afternoon and that grew the field to a total of 268 players. The total prize pool for the event is $3,899,400 with $1,187,670 going to first. The top 27 players will walk away with prize money; here is a look at the full payout list for the Bellagio Cup V:

1: $1,187,670
2: $774,780
3: $464,870
4: $271,165
5: $203,285
6: $164,640
7: $125,900
8: $87,160
9: $61,980
10-12: $46,485
13-15: $38,740
16-18: $30,990
19-27: $23,245

Big names that were eliminated on day 1B included: Doyle Brunson, Alan Goehring, Brock Parker, David Benyamine, Steve Billirakis, Steven Levy, Theo Tran, Marco Johnson, Mike Sowers, and John Juanda. Juanda fell in one of the final hands of the evening. His trip aces were topped by the Queens full of aces of his opponent.

Here are the top 10 chip counts for day 1B:

Vijayan Nagarajan: 256,775
Resvetou Pavel: 178,225
Josh Schlein: 172,725
Jamie Rosen: 153,800
Matt Graham: 140,000
Bertrand Grospellier: 138,000
Justin Bonomo: 120,000
Ray Henson: 120,000
Michael Kamran: 120,000
Sam Farha: 112,000

Michael Kamran

Hand of the Day:

Michael Kamran Picks off a Bluff

Michael Kamran raised to 600 from early position and Masaaki Kagawa three-bet from the button to 1,900. Kamran reraised to 5,600 and Kagawa called. The flop was dealt 9Diamond Suit 7Club Suit 6Heart Suit and Kamran led out for 8,500. Kagawa made the call. Both players checked the AHeart Suit on the turn and the river fell KDiamond Suit.

Kamran bet 12,000 and Kagawa raised to 45,000, leaving just 1,100 left behind. Kamran went into the tank for a short time and then made the call. Kagawa flipped over pocket tens and Kamran turned over ASpade Suit 10Heart Suit. Kamran grew his stack to 130,000 after the hand.

The 222 players that remain from both day-one flights will return tomorrow at noon PDT for day 2. will bring you another recap featuring all of the action at the end of play tomorrow.