WPT time at Bellagio


The WPT will be quietly pleased about this final table.Scotty Nguyen + Josh Arieh are usually good viewing,Daniel Alaei is a high stakes cash player and WSOP bracelet winner and Shawn Buchanan won a WPT tournie at M.Bay in the spring of 2007.

1) Faraz Jaka 5.3m
2) Scotty Nguyen 4.9m
3) Daniel Alaei 3.9m
4) Shawn Buchanan 2.8m
5) Josh Arieh 1.7m
6) Stephen O’Dwyer 1m

Disappointing but all the head shavers were eliminated today. Not all karma is “Instant karma”. The payout windows will reopen tomorrow. Peter Gould (531k) is the only player left from Europe. Emiline Boich (104k) is the only female. Shawn Buchanan (390k) the only Canadian.Everyone else is playing for the USA. With 36 left we have another chip leader, this time he doesn’t have Fish in his name. Danny Alaei who last week was sweating/coaching his father at a $150 FT at the Bike.

1) Danny Alaei 1.66m
2) Steve Landfish 1.1m
3) Josh Arieh 1.1m
4) Scotty Nguyen 981k
5) Matt Waxman 951k

The cashiers cage is closed and the final number was 329 with $1.4m to the fortunate winner. Yesterdays leader D Fish has sunk to the bottom of the lake (he has 55k) to be replaced by, odd coincidence S Landfish. Steve has a chip shy of 386k. Doyle played and has 283k.No sign of Todd.Probably doesn’t want to shave his hair off. Whats odds would the Karma bookie offer on one of the head shavers winning the event?

1) Steve Landfish 385900
2) Brent Hanks 383000
3) Matt Waxman 377500
4) Chad Batista 355000
5) Sorrel Mizzi 348000
6) Toto Leonidas 347300

The tournament named in honour of Doyle Brunson started today without the man himself who was in the building but preferring the goldfish bowl privacy of Bobby’s room. 292 players have entered so far but another super satellite is in play as I write (from home). Doyle will probably jump in tomorrow which is Day2 not 1b as will the Phil’s Hellmuth + Ivy,Freddie Deeb and Todd B.

Only 12 were eliminated today.They were Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Madsen, Chino Rheem, Prince Gaspard, Scott Montgomery,Chad Brown, Tuan Le, Jon Little,Paul Wasicka,Mohsin Charania,Scott Seiver + the usually tight Mel Judah.

The chip leader is Daryll Fish with Jon Turner,David Woo and William Kopp all over 200k. Top Brit is “Camel” Keith Hawkins with 102800.

A number of players are shaving their heads as a show of solidarity with cancer stricken Thuy Doan. I joined in but like Barry Greenstein my sacrifice is minimal!Bellagiowinterwonderland0006

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