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Day 1 of the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago Main Event

Payman Arjang Leads Field After First Day of Play

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Day 1 of the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago Classic main event is officially in the books. The day started with Mike Sexton introducing Tony Dunst as the newest member of the WPT broadcast team.

Dunst will be hosting a new segment on the Fox Sports Net show called “The Raw Deal” where he will give his blunt analysis of all the action.

Take a look at Dunst explaining his new role below.






Mike SextonThough Dunst was fortunate to survive the day, the man who introduced him to the field, Sexton, exited early on courtesy of a bad beat by Jae Sik. Sexton found himself all in preflop holding pocket aces against Sik’s pocket queens. The board was safe for Sexton until a third queen hit the river, ending his tournament halfway through the second level.

Other notables who were eliminated include Phil Laak, Eli Elezra, Kristy Gazes, Barry Shulman, Layne Flack, Nam Le, Mike Watson and Chino Rheem.

Though a lot of the focus was placed on the televised playoff game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers, there was still some poker to be played.

Payman ArjangAfter five levels of play, it was Payman Arjang who bagged up the largest stack in the room with 217,875. His nearest competitor, Peter Braglia, finished the day with 160,100. Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman finished the day with 87,100.

In all, there are still 214 players remaining out of the 294 who signed up, though registration will remain open until about 5 p.m. on Saturday. Regardless of what happens on day 2, the field has already eclipsed last year’s mark of 275, which was won by Tommy Vedes.

Here’s a complete list of surviving players including their day 2 seating assignment.

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count Table Seat
1 PAYMAN ARJANG 217,875 54 4
2 PETER BRAGLIA 160,100 46 4
3 DAVID PETERS 141,425 43 5
4 JEFFREY MADSEN 139,375 57 7
5 ALEXANDER SHOGREN 125,625 47 6
6 AMIT MAKHIJA 125,500 49 5
7 JOSEF MONRO 124,775 64 4
8 SOREL MIZZI 119,400 51 4
9 BRANDON NOVENA 118,975 62 3
10 RYAN YOUNG 115,900 59 2
11 JIMMY TRAN 115,550 57 5
12 ANNETTE OBRESTAD 113,950 47 2
13 ELYAHU DROR 112,050 58 8
14 CARTER PHILLIPS 107,900 2 8
15 JOHN KRPAN 107,825 43 3
16 GOVERT METAAL 107,175 59 8
17 ARNAUD MATTERN 103,700 44 8
18 MICHAEL BENVENUTI 103,175 53 3
19 MEN NGUYEN 102,625 3 5
20 ANDREAS HOIVOLD 101,000 12 2
21 PATRICK KARSCHAMROON 100,275 49 3
22 HOANG HO 100,250 47 3
23 YASUHIRO WAKI 99,250 50 7
24 JOHN HENNIGAN 98,975 60 2
25 MATTHEW AFFLECK 97,550 61 7
26 DANA KELLSTROM 95,600 56 7
27 DAVID WILLIAMS 94,750 50 3
28 JOHNSON JUANDA 92,525 53 8
29 TYLER KENNEY 92,075 60 8
30 JOSEPH SEBOK 91,900 60 3
31 TYLER REIMAN 89,600 51 1
32 JIMMY FRICKE 88,600 60 1
33 JEFFREY SHULMAN 87,100 11 4
34 MCLEAN KARR 86,925 46 3
35 JOSEPH BRANDENBURG 85,500 48 5
36 MATTHEW WAXMAN 84,750 48 3
37 BARRY GREENSTEIN 84,150 45 3
38 DARRYLL FISH 83,825 44 1
39 MICHAEL KAMRAN 83,000 53 1
40 DAVID SANDS 82,525 58 4
41 ADAM JUNGLEN 82,250 62 6
42 ANDREW BORROK 81,750 12 7
43 BRANDON CANTU 81,000 60 5
44 JENNIFER TILLY 79,100 62 2
45 YONI JOURNO 79,025 54 2
46 MATTHEW MARAFIOTI 79,000 50 6
47 VANESSA SELBST 78,700 46 1
48 TREVOR POPE 78,000 50 1
49 FRANK CALO 77,400 55 4
50 KARA TOBIN 76,500 3 3
51 KAIED BARKHO 75,475 50 8
52 JEREMY RAFALOWICZ 75,200 56 3
53 DANIEL SHIFF 74,675 47 1
54 ALAN MASTIC 74,150 52 4
55 ERICA SCHOENBERG 73,825 56 5
56 DAVID SKLANSKY 73,250 56 8
57 SHAWN PILOT 73,000 3 2
58 SCOTTY NGUYEN 72,450 61 4
59 JOSHUA ARIEH 71,350 51 3
60 RUSSELL BOYD 71,200 58 5
61 NARENDRA BANWARI 69,850 2 7
62 NEIL BLUMENFIELD 68,925 12 6
63 CHAD BATISTA 68,000 43 6
64 THOMAS MARCHESE 68,000 49 2
65 DANIEL NEGREANU 67,725 59 6
66 JONATHAN PLENS 66,375 2 1
67 SKIP WILSON 66,325 48 8
68 JOSEPH TEHAN 66,075 53 7
69 NICHOLAS GRIPPO 65,950 3 8
70 ANDREW GAW 65,850 61 3
71 PRINZ VON SACHSEN 65,425 12 1
72 PATRICK STEWART 65,400 11 5
73 JESS YAWITZ 64,725 44 4
74 RONALD LEE 64,625 52 6
75 JONATHAN EATON 64,600 48 2
76 JOHN MONNETTE 63,825 52 2
77 SAMUEL IOLA 63,250 56 1
78 CRAIG BERGERON 63,000 49 6
79 JAMES HILAIRE 61,950 61 2
80 ALLEN KESSLER 61,075 45 2
81 MITCHELL KESSLER 61,075 63 8
82 SENOVIO RAMIREZ 60,625 3 4
83 LAURENT SONNINO 60,600 61 8
84 HASAN HABIB 59,800 47 5
85 VANESSA PENG 59,550 47 4
86 ELI LIZKA 59,325 56 2
87 JONATHAN TURNER 59,025 62 1
88 JOSEPH ELPAYAA 58,575 44 5
89 ROBERT CONNOLLY 57,500 44 7
90 MICHAEL BINGER 56,575 61 1
91 FARAZ JAKA 56,475 55 6
92 JORDAN YOUNG 56,475 64 7
93 BRANDON POE 56,300 56 4
94 STEPHEN ODWYER 55,975 56 6
95 GAVIN SMITH 55,425 54 7
96 ANTHONY GARGANO 54,800 57 2
97 GUY COURCHESNE 54,575 59 7
98 MACK LEE 54,550 46 8
99 OWEN CROWE 54,000 49 7
100 JONATHAN LITTLE 54,000 58 6
101 RAVI RAGHAVAN 53,400 12 3
102 CURT KOHLBERG 53,325 11 7
103 JAE HWANG 52,950 45 4
104 MARK NEWHOUSE 52,050 58 7
105 ERIC WASSERSON 51,000 53 2
106 ALLEN CARTER 50,750 60 4
107 GEORGE ABDALLAH 50,600 60 6
108 x x 50,525 7 6
109 ANDREW ROBL 50,400 51 6
110 JARED JAFFEE 50,300 61 6
111 SCOTT CLEMENTS 49,325 60 7
112 JOSE BARBERO 49,175 49 4
113 KARI SOMER 48,800 7 7
114 NOAH SCHWARTZ 48,450 63 8
115 MANIG LOESER 48,350 7 3
116 PAOLO COMPAGNO 47,975 45 6
117 RYAN HUGHES 47,875 55 3
118 JONATHAN AGUIAR 47,300 57 4
119 MILAD JORSHARI 47,000 64 2
120 ARDAVAN YAZDI 46,850 64 5
121 CHRISTER BJORIN 46,800 43 8
122 GREGG MERKOW 45,750 62 8
123 BROCK PARKER 45,350 46 2
124 MARTIN RAUS 44,725 52 5
125 LEE MARKHOLT 44,525 52 7
126 DANIEL COLPOYS 43,575 63 4
127 JESSE CHINNI 43,350 50 2
128 WILLIAM KLEIN 43,150 54 3
129 PATRICK ESKANDAR 42,400 45 1
130 HAFIZ KHAN 42,200 43 1
131 DANIEL SMITH 41,300 49 1
132 JEREMY MENARD 40,925 51 5
133 MARIA HO 40,900 43 4
134 JEAN TALBOT 40,750 52 1
135 MARK DICKSTEIN 40,450 63 5
136 DOYLE BRUNSON 40,400 44 6
137 JAMES CARROLL 39,125 47 7
138 RYAN GOINDOO 38,775 51 7
139 MARK FLOWERS 38500 55 8
140 THOMAS MCCORMICK 38275 11 1
141 ISAAC BARON 37900 44 2
142 ANTHONY UTNAGE 37650 57 6
143 ISABELLE MERCIER 37250 12 5
144 PHILIPPE BOUCHER 36875 7 5
145 CARY ATKINS 36150 57 3
146 RICHARD DOLENGA 35500 62 7
147 MATTHEW KEIKOAN 35250 63 6
148 CHRISTIAN HARDER 34450 43 2
149 BRANDON STEVEN 34000 58 1
150 BRIAN MARTINEZ 33925 52 3
151 WAYNE BOICH 33325 62 4
152 KYLE BOWKER 33325 63 3
153 LAUREN KLING 33100 2 6
154 NANCY TODD-TYNER 32825 54 5
155 KEVEN STAMMEN 32350 11 3
156 GIL MORGENSZTERN 32200 51 8
157 JAMIE ROSEN 31725 53 6
158 ANTHONY GRAPPO 31125 53 5
159 LUKE VRABEL 31000 58 3
160 MATTHEW STOUT 30250 54 1
161 ANTHONY YEH 29850 57 8
162 JOSHUA SEIGEL 29500 63 2
163 SHAWN CUNIX 29175 46 6
164 STAN JABLONSKI 28775 7 8
165 MARK ROSE 28750 62 5
166 EMELINE BOICH 28425 61 5
167 DAVID BAKER 27650 11 2
168 MICHAEL MALONE 27350 2 4
169 TONY BRACY 26500 57 1
170 VIVEK RAJKUMAR 26200 50 5
171 CHANNING COE 26175 55 2
172 TONY DUNST 25650 59 3
173 ROBERT SUER 24950 45 7
174 TODD TERRY 24600 55 5
175 JENNIFER TRANIELLO 24500 49 8
176 DANIEL FUHS 23550 54 8
177 ZACHARY CLARK 23375 48 1
178 MATTHEW BUCARIC 23325 3 7
179 BOYD O’NEILL 23300 64 6
180 CORNEL CIMPAN 23225 48 6
181 JASON KOON 23025 7 2
182 SHAWN BUCHANAN 22650 63 1
183 MARK ADER 22350 55 7
184 RIO VILELA 21850 3 1
185 WILLIAM REYNOLDS 21700 64 3
186 STEVEN BRECHER 21225 44 3
187 VERONICA DUNN 21175 54 6
188 PETER RHO 21150 53 4
189 TYLER PATTERSON 20650 2 2
190 TIMOTHY WEST 20225 43 7
191 GUOXING XU 20025 48 4
192 VLADIMIR KOCHELAEVSKIY 19900 59 4
193 RUSSELL CHABAUD 19525 64 1
194 JUSTIN SMITH 18675 12 4
195 MARCO TRANIELLO 18000 58 2
196 SHAUN DEEB 17450 7 1
197 RUSSELL ROSENBLUM 17400 46 5
198 JAMES MACKEY 17325 50 4
199 STEVEN BURKHOLDER 17125 45 5
200 ANTHONY SPINELLA 17100 3 6
201 JUSTIN YOUNG 16625 48 7
202 MATTHEW HYMAN 15650 2 3
203 STEVE SUNG 15025 2 5
204 GARY DOBBINS 14175 11 6
205 BRYN KENNEY 11500 59 1
206 CARY KATZ 11475 59 5
207 ANDREW LICHTENBERGER 11275 51 2
208 JOHN COURTNEY 11000 7 4
209 KATHLEEN LIEBERT 10925 47 8
210 ANDREW FRANKENBERGER 9575 55 1
211 MARCO GIORDANO 9550 45 8
212 MARCO JOHNSON 9375 46 7
213 COREY HOCHMAN 7200 52 8
214 BRETT SHAFFER 6275 63 7