6/28/10 – The keenly anticipated Tournament of Champions, which kicked off Sunday afternoon, probably attracted the most interest over the weekend.
After three years out of the limelight and an extensive revamp, the event features a stellar player list of 27, twenty chosen by popular vote, who will play on three tables in a $1 million freeroll that will leave only nine players with a paycheck.
The composition of the player list is bound to catch the eye of public and media alike, comprised as it is of former champions Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, and Annie Duke along with 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada and 2009 WSOP-Europe champion Barry Shulman.
They will be joined by Top 20 vote-earners Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Huck Seed, Dan Harrington, T.J. Cloutier, Sam Farha, Howard Lederer, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem and Antonio Esfandiari.
The two remaining players are WSOP Academy Playoff winner and internet phenom Bertrand Grospellier and WSOP.com U.K. online qualifier Andrew Barton.
Former champion Mike Sexton was given the privilege of making the ‘shuffle up and deal’ call as the pros got down to business Sunday afternoon.
By late night Sunday Day 1 play had been completed at level 4 with only 5 players eliminated. Leading the 22 survivors was Erik Seidel on 72 075, with his nearest rival, John Chan on 71 325.
The rest of the top ten looked like this:
3 Mike Matusow 70,575
4 Barry Greenstein 56,775
5 Joe Hachem 55,650
6 Huck Seed 51,875
7 Bertrand Grospellier 51,175
8 Allen Cunningham 49,300
9 Scotty Nguyen 48,900
10 Dan Harrington 38,250
Average Chip Stack size was 36 818.
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