Compared to the last event on the tour, the Jerry Yang and Erick Lindgren were stuck together at Table 60 and seated together at Table 25 were Chad Brown, Mickey "Mouse" Mills, John Racener and Philippe Rouas. They were joined by Alex Jacob partway into the second level, as if the table wasn't pro-packed enough already.
The latest of the late arrivals though was Phil Ivey. He turned up a full four hours late only to find his stack blinded down to around $14,000. He wouldn't have to put up with a short stack for long as he found himself on the way to the rail without playing even a full level.
By the time the chips were bagged and put to sleep for the night Chad Brown had built an impressive stack, right around $120,000 by our count. If we're right in our assessment that will make him the overall chip leader going into Day 2 when the two halves of the field will join forces for the first time. Matt Culberson, who has had a great run in the preliminary events here at the World Poker Open, finished Day 1a with just under $100k and will be in great shape come tomorrow.
Play is slated to get back under way tomorrow at noon (CST) when the remaining 140 or so will be back on the felt to fight for a spot in the money and a seat on Day 3. PL.com will be on the scene, in force, and we expect you to come along for the ride with us, from the relative safety of your home computer room or cubicle of course.