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Bellagio Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
The WPT
Championship
Kicks Off at the
Bellagio
April 18, 2006

The World Poker Tour Championship event kicked off today at the Bellagio.
With a $25,000 entry fee, the prize pool was expected to be enormous.
Tournament officials split the first day into two flights to accommodate all of
the players.  

Around 300 players started play today and it seemed as if none of them
wanted to go home. All players started with $50,000 tournament chips and it
made for a lack of action during the first day of play. While players did move
their chips around, only around 40 players were eliminated. They included
such players as Robert Williamson, Gavin Smith and Joe Sebok.

On one of the more exciting hands of the day, Barry Greenstein was able to
rake a huge pot with a monster hand. With a board of Ah-Ac-9h-Qs-Jd, Barry
Greenstein checked and his opponent bet $6,000.  Greenstein reraised to
$26,000 and his opponent called with pocket jacks for a boat. However,
Greenstein turned over pocket aces for quads and raked the pot. Greenstein
moves on to play Thursday.  

Among the other top pros who survived until day two were Erick Lindgren,
Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Chip Jett, Phil Hellmuth, Barry Shulman, T.J. Cloutier,
Jeff Shulman and David Singer.

The second flight of day one will begin tomorrow at noon PST with a new field
of players.

Story by Jay Newnum
Poker Stars Online Poker Room

Chris Moneymaker
2003 World Series of Poker
Champion

Credited as the godfather of
the poker revolution
, Chris
Moneymaker
is a man who
needs no introduction. The
one-time Tennessee accountant
turned the poker world upside
down in 2003. After winning a
Poker Stars World Series of
Poker satellite, he went on to
win the 2003 World Series of
Poker main event. Now, Chris
Moneymaker can't go anywhere
without being asked for
autographs.
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