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WPT -- World Poker Finals Day 1

Todd Terry Leads the Way at the End of Day 1

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Todd TerryDay 1 of the 2009 World Poker Tour World Poker Finals took place today at Foxwoods Hotel and Casino in Connecticut. The $10,000 no-limit hold’em tournament attracted 353 players and created a total prize pool worth $3,321,377. The champion will walk away with $910,058, and the top 36 players will all walk away with at least $21,588. At the end of the night, 206 players remained, so there are just 170 players left to go until the money and five more days left in the tournament. The money bubble should burst sometime on Saturday, Nov. 7. Legends of Poker final-tablist Todd Terry (pictured left) leads the way at the end of play with 165,700, and he is followed closely by Danny Shiff, who holds 159,525. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1 at Foxwoods:

Payout Structure:

1: $910,058
2: $463,332
3: $265,710
4: $232,496
5: $199,283
6: $166,069
7: $132,855
8: $99,641
9: $66,427
10-12: $46,499
13-15: $36,535
16-20: $31,533
21-25: $26,571
26-30: $23,249
31-36: $21,588

Notable Eliminations:

Matt Glantz, Men Nguyen, Mark Seif, Josh Arieh, Olivier Busquet, Shawn Cunix, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Scott Montgomery, Robert Mizrachi, Chad Brown, Christina Lindley, Carlos Mortensen, Adam Geyer, Allen Bari, David Williams, Jason Young, John Spadavecchia, Glen Chorny

Day 1 Chip Counts:

1: Todd Terry — 165,700
2: Danny Shiff — 159,525
3: Adam Lippert — 159,000
4: Jack Schanbacher — 148,775
5: Soheil Shamseddin — 126,000
6: Michael Mizrachi — 125,900
7: Chris Moore — 123,700
8: Danny Illingworth — 121,600
9: Alan Sasser — 121,600
10: John Barucci — 119,950

Hand of the Day:

A Nice Gift

With blinds at 300-600 with a 75 ante, Mike Sica limped under the gun. The button limped in, as well, and then Danny Illingworth raised to 2,000 from the big blind. Sica mucked, and the button reraised all in for 100,000. Illingworth quickly made the all-in call for 80,000 and turned over pocket aces. His opponent showed down A-Q, and the two aces held up to win the hand. Illingworth doubled up to 160,000.