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WPT -- Southern Poker Championship Day 1

Dwyte Pilgrim Charges to the Lead on Day 1


Dwyte PilgrimDay 1 of the 2010 World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship took place on Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The $10,000 no-limit hold’em tournament attracted 208 players, and after the first six levels of play, just 106 remained in the hunt for the first-place prize worth $739,486.

Dwyte Pilgrim (pictured right) has started 2010 on a hot streak, and day 1 of this tournament was no different. Pilgrim paces the field with a chip stack of 175,000. Pilgrim is currently in fourth place in the Card Player Player of the Year standings, brought to you by Bodog, and he could increase his point total by making his fourth final table at the Southern Poker Championship in the WPT championship event. Pilgrim won a $500 no-limit hold’em preliminary on Jan. 9, and scored his second win of the year in a $300 no-limit hold’em deep stack preliminary on Jan. 13. He continued his hot streak on the Gulf Coast by finishing runner-up in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em preliminary on Jan. 16.

Pilgrim has won $125,733 in prize money and picked up 1,560 points thanks to his impressive run in Biloxi. He is the only poker player to win two poker tournaments thus far in the New Year. Joining Pilgrim at the top of the chip counts at the end of day 1 are Jonathan Little (152,100) and Hoyt Corkins (115,000). Another early front-runner in the 2010 POY race, Gavin Smith (85,000), has survived day 1 in good shape. Smith has made two final tables to kick off 2010, and he currently holds 1,392 POY points, which is good for sixth place overall.

There are three more days left in the WPT event, and the top 18 players will make the money. We will be sure to keep an eye on the movements of both Pilgrim and Smith, as well as the other top professionals in contention. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1 in Biloxi:

Payout Structure:

1st: $739,486
2nd: $366,643
3rd: $196,829
4th: $135,079
5th: $106,134
6th: $86,837
7th: $67,540
8th: $48,243
9th: $28,946
10th-12th: $25,086
13th-15th: $19,297
16th-18th: $15,438

Notable Eliminations:

Danny Wong Curt Kohlberg, Darryll Fish, Eric Baldwin, Chris Bell, Amit Makhija, Adam Geyer, Billy Kopp, Bill Edler, Nick Binger, Mohsin Charania, Michael Kamran, Shannon Shorr, Todd Terry, Thayer Rasmussen, Soheil Shamseddin, John Cernuto, James Van Alstyne, Glen Chorny, Faraz Jaka, Jimmy Tran, Jason Potter, Jeff Madsen, and Jason Mercier

Day 1 Chip Counts:

1: Dwyte Pilgrim – 175,000
2: Jonathan Little – 152,100
3: Hoyt Corkins – 115,000
4: Dan O’Brien – 114,000
5: Tommy Vedes – 110,000
6: James Mackey – 108,000
7: Paul Wasicka – 107,000
8: Chad Brown – 100,000
9: Matt Stout – 85,000
10: Gavin Smith – 85,000

Hand of the Day:

Paul Wasicka Scores a 48,000 Pot

Blinds were 200-400 with a 50 ante, and a flop of KClub Suit 10Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit sat on the table when the big blind checked, and Paul Wasicka bet 4,200. A player in middle position called, and the big blind called, as well. The turn fell 5Diamond Suit, and the big blind checked again. Wasicka bet 10,500, and both of his opponents made the call.

The river then brought the JSpade Suit, and all three players checked. Wasicka revealed KSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit for two pair, and both of his opponents mucked. Wasicka scooped up the 48,000 pot, and he grew his stack to 98,000 to join the chip leaders with one level of play remaining in the day.



over 11 years ago

Dam, did day 2 get cancelled or something, no updates under the tournament tab or anywhere else for that matter, day 2 ended 12 or 14 hours ago,,,, can you imagine going to the next day after the playoff games and the scores not updated?