Day 1 of the WPT’s Gold Strike World Poker Open in Tunica has wrapped, and some big names lead the 163 players remaining.
Interestingly, as reported by Card Player, the number of participants this year has dropped 36% (from 512 to 327). This likely has more to do with the overall increased number of "major" tournaments a year–including two running right now (another $10k buy-in in Tunica, and one across the pond in Copenhagen)–then some downturn in the poker craze.
Leading the field after Day 1 is relative unknown Dale Morrow. As listed in Poker Pages’s player database, Morrow has five tournament cashes in his career, totaling $140,482. From there, notables abound. Check out Poker Wire for the full list, but some notable notables include: 2) Project Dirtbag fav Gavin Smith, – 136,200, 3)