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North American Poker Tour -- Mohegan Sun Day 1

The First East Coast Stop for the PokerStars NAPT Attracts 716 Players to the Mohegan Sun

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David WilliamsThe PokerStars North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event began today and the official size of the field is an impressive 716 players. The total prize pool for the tournament is $3,264,244 and the champion will walk away with $750,000. The top 104 players are all going to walk away with prize money. Here is a look at the full payout structure:

1st $750,000
2nd $428,000
3rd $240,000
4th $190,000
5th $150,000
6th $115,000
7th $85,000
8th $60,244
9th-10th $47,000
11th-12th $38,000
13th-14th $29,000
15th-16th $23,000
17th-24th $19,000
25th-32nd $16,000
33rd-40th $13,500
41st-48th $11,500
49th-56th $10,500
57th-64th $9,500
65th-72nd $9,500
73rd-80th $8,500
81st-88th $8,500
89th-96th $7,500
97th-104th $7,500

There were 443 players that survived to day 2 and the overnight chip leader is Bodog Poker pro David Williams (pictured above right), who ended play with 230,900 after eight levels of poker. Close behind him is female poker professional Vanessa Selbst, who holds 214,200. Rounding out the top three is Lars Bonding with 177,100. Matt Woodward (165,500) and Brandon Cantu (145,500) also ended the night in the top 10 in chips. Notables that finished the night in six-digit territory include Cliff Josephy (125,100), Todd Terry (115,700), Ryan D’Angelo (108,800), and Jared Jaffee (100,500).

All of these players will return at noon EDT tomorrow to begin play at 500-1,000 blinds with a 100 ante. Levels will increase to 75 minutes in length tomorrow and there will be a 15-minute break after each level. You can follow along with all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed, and be sure to check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow night for another summary of the action. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1 in Connecticut:

Day 1 Chip Leaders:

David Williams – 230,900
Vanessa Selbst – 214,200
Lars Bonding – 177,100
Matt Woodward – 165,500
Firas Massouh – 157,000
Dennis Tuttle – 155,300
Brandon Cantu – 145,500
Eric Levesque – 134,000
Christopher Lindh – 128,400
Clayton Mozdzen – 127,700

Notable Day 1 Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Joe Cada, Chad Brown, Pat Pezzin, and Barry Greenstein, Will Failla, Jason Potter, Shane Schleger, Nenad Medic, Christina Lindley, Jason Young, Jonathan Tare, and Tom Dwan.

Hand of the Day:

David Williams Takes the Chip Lead

The blinds were 300-600 with a 75 ante when David Williams faced an all-in bet worth 54,000 on a board that read 9Club Suit 6Club Suit 2Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit. Williams went into the tank for a bit but he eventually made the call. Their cards:

Williams: QClub Suit QDiamond Suit
Opponent: 2Club Suit 2Heart Suit

River: QHeart Suit

Williams won the hand thanks to a third queen on the river and he grew his stack to 210,000 to take the chip lead late on day 1.