WPT: Guillaume Darcourt Leading After Day 1 of Bellagio Cup VI

Just one day after announcing significant changes aimed at breathing new life into the World Poker Tour the cards were back in the air for the start of the Bellagio Cup VI.

Hoping to increase the field size with as many World Series of Poker Main Event bustouts as possible players are being allowed to register until 1:30 PM on Tuesday afternoon. Despite having that option 243 players doled out the $10,000 buy-in putting the field only 25 players short of the 2009 total of 268. Players played through five levels on Day 1 with 180 surviving to Day 2. Leading the unofficial chip counts is Guillaume Darcourt with 252,300. The Frenchman won the WPT stop in Bucharest in April and most recently finished 3rd in Event #51 at the WSOP.

Other names near the top include Phil “USCPhildo” Collins (144,350), Billy Baxter (140,000), Vivek Rajkumar (115,000) and Justin Young (110,000).

The day didn’t go well for a couple of BLUFF contributors. Jeff Madsen was eliminated early in the day and fresh off of winning the $5,000 NLHE preliminary event Jennifer Tilly had her run at back-to-back wins cuts short. Other players who saw their tournament end before registration closed include John Juanda, Dan “djk123″ Kelly, Carlos Mortensen and last year’s runner-up Faraz Jaka.

Action resumes Monday at Noon. Single table satellites are still running and will continue to until registration closes on Tuesday.

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Lance Bradley

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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