The 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship is underway at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
With a $25,000 buy-in the WPT World Championship always draws an elite field and this year is no different with some of the biggest names in poker aiming to become WPT Champion.
Setting the early pace is Will Failla who finished the opening day as chip leader with 276,000 in chips closely followed by Jonathan Kamhazi (273,300), Mike Linster (269,000) and Jeffrey Ishbia (255,000).
Also well placed is Marin Rettenmaier who is aiming to become the first player in World Poker Tour history to win back-to-back World Championships.
Rettenmaier was always in the thick of the action and finished the session in ninth position with 222,000 in chips.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu, Big One For One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, veteran Barry Shulman and the controversial Erick Lindgren were some of the bigger name players to finish the day in a comfortable position.
Not so lucky were Jeremy Ausmus, Kai Change and Tony Gargano who hit the rail before the end of the day but have the opportunity to get back in the tournament with reentry available until the end of level eight.
World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg finished the day as the short stack with only 15,300 in chips but is expected to reload if he is eliminated early on day two while GPI World Number One Jason Mercier will enter the tournament today.
The first prize payday is expected to be in excess of $1 Million and all players are looking to join names such as Tuan Le, Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu, David Williams and Scott Seiver on the World Poker Tour World Championship honor roll.
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