Over 600 Competing for Title at World Poker Finals, an Event Whose Name Sounds Like There Were a Bunch of Prelims to Qualify for Some Big Championship Finale, But That’s Not Really the Case
First, let’s be generic: The WPT’s World Poker Finals kicked off at Foxwoods yesterday with 609 players battling it out for a $1.7+M top prize.
Daryn Firicano, whose first name spelling would make you think that he is actually a she and possibly a pornstar (like maybe something along the lines of Daryn Delicious or Daryn Devine), led everyone when play stopped, stacked at 340k. Daryn finished third in WSOP Event #34 earlier this year, a tourney better known as the "Phil Hellmuth’s Persistance Pays Off as He Won Bracelet #10" event.
While he didn’t make it through Day 1, a secret to the success of WCP fave Joe Pelton was discovered. To get pumped, the mild-mannered Pelton apparently blares Tool in his iPod while raking in chips. Familiar names joining Pelton on the rail included Phil Ivey, both Brunsons, Shannon Shorr, John Juanda, David Williams, T.J. Cloutier, Dutch Boyd, Mike Matusow, Scotty Ngyuen, Erick Lindgren, and Mark Seif.
Plenty of "name" pros were among the 171 survivors, including Hoyt Corkins (132k), Jeff Madsen (92k), Tuan Le (86k), Kathy Liebert (80k), Joe Tehan, whose last name sounds too much like Tehran for our liking (65k), Cliff Josephy (50k), Clonie Gowen (46k), Barry Greenstein (42k), Chad Brown (39k), and Daniel Negreanu (38k).
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