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2016 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1A: Numbers Indicate Large Turnout after Huge Day 1A

The latest stop on the World Poker Tour schedule, at Maryland Live! in Hanover, is a recent addition to the roster of events. In a short time, however, the action at the East Coast casino has brought out a throng of players, which was proven by the Day 1A outpouring of players for the Main Event. The $ 3500 buy-in event featured a format that has become de rigueur on the WPT circuit. If a player was knocked out on Day 1A, they had the option of using one re-entry to get back in the game. Day 1B, set to begin on Sunday, features the same option available to all players (including the ones who played on Day 1A) and, should a player have two stacks from both Day Ones, the larger stack would move over. Finally, there would be one more entry available to players – before the start

2016 EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 1B: Huge Turnout Breaks Records

Yesterday, I made the understatement of the week when predicting the Day 1B turnout at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event: “The total field should climb well over 1,000 runners; the first starting flight is almost always the smallest.” AS IT TURNED OUT…Day 1B eclipsed the 1,000 player mark all by itself, drawing 1,291 entrants. Day 1A’s total was 468, thus before late registrations are calculated today, the EPT Barcelona field is 1,759, easily beating last year’s record of 1,694. The official numbers have not been finalized yet as the late registration was until the start of Day 2, but it looks like somewhere around another 30 players were added on Wednesday. If we estimate the field to be about 1,790 players, the prize pool will be around €8,681,500, as the buy-in is €5,000 and three percent is taken out for floor staff and dealers. As you might

2016 WPT Rolling Thunder Day 1A: Opening Day Bodes Well for Record Turnout, Chance Kornuth Holds the Lead

There was certainly no rest for the staff of the World Poker Tour nor the players on the circuit as, immediately following the conclusion of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose, the trucks, cars and helicopters headed to Sacramento for the final stop of the WPT’s California Swing. Day 1A of the WPT Rolling Thunder is in the books and a familiar name has taken his place atop the leaderboard. The structure of the tournament makes it potentially one of the bigger buy-in events on the WPT schedule. The initial buy in for a player is $ 3500 but, with two Day Ones and a buy in and a re-entry available for each of those days, players can be in for four buy ins rather quickly. The opportunities don’t stop there, however; players have one final option to buy in on Day 2 if the wish, making

EPT Prague Main Event Day 1B: Massive Player Turnout for Day 1B Puts Samuel Chartier Into Overall Lead

While they were able to pull in 254 players for the action of Day 1A, the “powers that be” for the European Poker Tour had to be a bit concerned about the player numbers for their stop at the Hilton Prague Hotel in the Czech Republic. As it turned out, there wasn’t any reason for the “suits” to be worried as a massive player turnout for Day 1B brought reminiscences of last year’s massive gathering. From the start of the day, it was obvious that Friday’s numbers were going to be big. When the cards first went into the air, there were 430 players on the tables and that number would quickly rocket past the 500 mark. Surprisingly, every table had a notable name on it, with such players as Dylan Linde, Dermot Blain, Luca Pagano, Mickey Petersen, Jude Ainsworth, Martins Adeniya, 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the

2015 WPT Prague Opens to Meager Turnout

The World Poker Tour is back in action this week, swinging through Europe with the start of the WPT Prague Main Event. Though we suppose “action” might not be the most appropriate word here as the turnout was…how should we put this…lacking. According to the updates from, only eleven (ELEVEN!) players were seated when the tournament began. I mean, hell, that’s a small enough field to squeeze them all at one table if you really wanted to and just stick them in the hallway if you need to free up the poker room for a wedding reception or something. That’s fewer people than were at the 4:00pm Wednesday showing of Matthew Broderick’s Godzilla I attended back in 1998. A whopping 60 players eventually showed up, making Day 1A of the WPT Prague Main Event look like it could pass for a major tournament if you crossed your eyes a