Daniel Negreanu leads first day of WSOP Asia-Pacific main event

Daniel Negreanu leads first day of WSOP Asia-Pacific main event

Friday, 12 April 2013

Yesterday saw 390 competitors take to the felt for the first stages of the AUD$10,000 buy-in World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Asia-Pacific main event with Daniel Negreanu leading the way following last night’s finish.

As expected, the field at the Crown Melbourne was awash with talent from the start with Negreanu being joined by the likes of Dan Shak, Phil Hellmuth and recent bracelet winner Phil Ivey.

As the first session of play wore on and ever-increasing chip stacks overshadowed empty seats, it was Toronto-born Negreanu who ended the day on top. Having already made a final table at this year’s WSOP Asia-Pacific, the Canadian looked in fine form as he scooped 136,500 chips over the course of the session.

Also continuing his momentum from a victory in Wednesday’s AUD$2,200 buy-in mixed event, Ivey managed to finish the day of play in third place with 123,300 chips just ahead of Mike Watson on 105,000 with Brandon Wong and Ben Wilinofsky both holding 100,000.

At present the prizepool is poised at just under AUD$4 million but that figure could well increase by the time the final number of runners is set as late registration due to close later today.

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Tags: Daniel Negreanu, WSOP Asia-Pacific, Phil Ivey, Mike Watson, Brandon Wong, Ben Wilinofsky, Dan Shak, Phil Hellmuth, Crown Melbourne