U.S. PLAYER LEADS AS WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT GATHERS MOMENTUM
 
Wisconsin poker pro Mark Kroon comes out tops after final entry flight 1C
 
The final entry day for this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, Day 1C, has completed in Las Vegas, with Wisconsin pro Mark Kroon emerging as overall chip leader from all three entry days on 246,000, chased by Imari Love from Chicago on 214,300, and Clement Tripodi of France (on 207,050 the leader at the end of Day 1B).
 
After three initial days of action  there are 4,186 players left from a total starting field of 6,352 – the smallest main event field in six years.
 
Second round competitive action begins over the next two days as the survivors are further culled, usually by around 50 percent before Day 3 starts and the separate player fields from the Day 2 heats are combined and start the serious business of trying to get into the money.
 
Last years main event champ, Greg Merson is still in the competition, albeit way behind the chip leaders on 81,650, and trailing famous pros like Phil Ivey (119,650) and Phil Hellmuth (92,850). Other notable names who made it through the last entry day included Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Allen Cunningham, Nick Schulman, Antonio Esfandiari and Ben Lamb.
 
The high profile Canadian pro, Daniel Negreanu, is also still in the running, although further back on just 15,000 chips.
 
Among those who fell by the wayside this year were former WSOP champs Huck Seed, Robert Varkonyi and Jonathan Duhamel, along with successful and respected financial businessmen/players Bill Perkins and David Einhorn.
 
Also headed home were Brandon Cantu, Phil Laak, Vanessa Rousso, Tom Schneider, Eric Buchman, Shaun Deeb (taken out by Phil Hellmuth), Jennifer Tilly, Prahlad Friedman, Jeff Madsen, former November Niner Ylon Schwartz and Loni Harwood.
 
Strangely, two top names entered the event, paid the hefty buy-in, and then didn't show up; the starting stacks of Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan were blinded off, leaving Hansen with 17,975 and Dwan with 18,075 when chips were bagged.