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WPT -- Hollywood Poker Open Day 1

The World Poker Tour Ventures to the Midwest for the First Time

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Eric FroehlichThe first World Poker Tour event ever held in the Midwest of the United States began today at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. A total of 143 players bought in to the $10,000 no-limit hold’em event and the total prize pool is $1,331,616. The top 12 players will walk away with prize money and the final table will take place on Wednesday, March 25. Here is a look at the official prize pool:

1st: $391,212
2nd: $222,040
3rd: $166,530
4th: $124,081
5th: $104,489
6th: $88,163
7th: $71,836
8th: $55,511
9th: $39,183
10th-12th: $22,857

The majority of the field survived on day 1, with 103 advancing to day 2 tomorrow, which begins at noon local time. Check back at the end of play each night during the event for a summary of the action.

The chip leader at the end of day 1 is multiple World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric Froehlich (pictured above right), who holds 149,400. He is trailed closely by Faraz Jaka (144,225), who has cashed three times so far during season VIII of the WPT and he will look to make a third final table this season at the Hollywood Casino. Rounding out the top 10 in chips are recent L.A. Poker Classic final tablist Gevork Kasabyan (89,500), Shawn Buchanan (81,125), Billy Pilossoph (79,425), and former world champion Carlos Mortensen (78,600). Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1:

Top Day 1 Chip Counts:

Eric Froehlich – 149,400
Faraz Jaka – 144,225
Mike Mustafa – 114,050
Gevork Kasabyan – 89,500
Jess Yawitz – 87,875
Shawn Buchanan – 81,125
Billy Pilossoph – 79,425
Richard Pflum – 79,275
Carlos Mortensen – 78,600
Larry Lipman – 75,000

Notable Day 1 Eliminations:

Gavin Smith, Aaron Jones, Ashton Griffin, Billy Kopp, Josh Arieh, Thomas Marchese, Greg Mueller, J.J. Liu, Jonathan Little

Hand of the Day:

Greg Mueller Eliminated by Quad Kings

Greg Mueller raised to 600 under the gun and two players call before Tyler Smith raised to 2,800 from the small blind. Everyone involved called the preflop bet and the cards rolled out KClub Suit 9Club Suit 6Diamond Suit.

Everyone checked the flop and the KDiamond Suit fell on the turn. Smith opened up action after the turn with a bet that was only called by Mueller. The river then fell Ks and Smith checked, Mueller bet and Smith check-raised all in for 26,750, which pumped the pot up to 45,000.

Mueller went into the tank for a while and then he decided to make the all-in call. He turned over pocket queens for a full house, but Smith revealed ASpade Suit KHeart Suit. He won the hand with four kings to grow his stack to 110,000 and Mueller was eliminated during the last level of the day.