2015 WPT World Championship Day 1: Eric Panayiotou Bags the Most

WPT World Championship Eric Panayiotou

Season XIII of the World Poker Tour (WPT) has reached the culmination point with the WPT World Championship at Borgata in New Jersey. Each of the WPT Champions throughout the season were awarded a seat in this prestigious tournament, and many more of the best players in the game put up the $15,400 buy-in to compete for one of the biggest titles in poker.

Registration remains open through the first two levels on Sunday, and so far there have been 234 entries. Day 1 on Saturday ran six 90-minute levels, and play ended for the night with Eric Panayiotou in control of the most chips. He will return for Day 2 with 262,400.

While there were some Canadians in the field, there weren’t any with a leading stack at the end of play. Matt Salsberg will return with 84,000 chips, Sorel Mizzi has 31,800, and WPT DeepStacks Player of the Year Ryan Smith bagged 21,900.

Daniel Negreanu was also in the field, but he was eliminated right at the end of the day when he got it in on the flop against Larry Ormson with both of them holding an overpair to the {4-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} board. However, Ormson’s {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades} was much better than Negreanu’s {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}, and Kid Poker was eliminated before Day 1 concluded.

There were 166 players who survived the day, and among them were notables like defending WPT World Champion Keven Stammen (148,700), Jason Mercier (110,900), Darren Elias (43,200), and many others.

Play resumes at noon on Sunday, and we’ll be watching closely for our Canadian contenders. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the day’s action.

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