Negreanu, Ivey Lead After Day 1 at APAC Main Event

Daniel Negreanu
Negreanu means business in APAC Main Event.

The marquee event at WSOP APAC is underway and, befitting its headline status, two of poker’s marquee stars in Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey lead the chip counts.

Negreanu, who struggled with the air conditioning more than the action at the table today in Melbourne, is the official chip leader with a stack of 136,050.

Right on Negreanu heels? Nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, whokept his momentum from his Event 3 win and bagged up 123,300 to end the night - good for sixth overall.

Sandwiched right in between the two superstars is hometown hope Joel Feldman (132,875), Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky (127,875), Tobin Ryall (127,250) and Victor Teng (124,825).

Much More than Negreanu/Ivey Show

While the two mega stars rightly got much of the attention, with 390 total runners so far there’s plenty of big-time pros who also made a move.

Benny Spindler (119,050), David Vamplew (112,475), Event 3 runner-up Brandon Wong (110,075), Mike “SirWatts” Watson (108,525) and Sam Trickett (91,350) all piled up substantial stacks to take to Day 2.

Phil Ivey
Ivey charging again.

Erik Seidel (79,975), Brandon Cantu (76,200), 2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson (73,500), Rupert Elder (73,325), Barry Greenstein (58,900), Antonio Esfandiari (45,075) and late arrival Phil Hellmuth (44,675) are just a few more big-namers to bag a stack overnight.

The top 10 in chips heading to Day 2:

  • 1. Daniel Negreanu 136,050
  • 2. Joel Feldman 132,875
  • 3. Benjamin Willinofsky 127,875
  • 4. Tobin Ryall 127,250
  • 5. Victor Teng 124,825
  • 6. Phil Ivey 123,300
  • 7. Benjamin Spindler 119,050
  • 8. Chan Leong 114,950
  • 9. Gautam Dhingra 114,050
  • 10. David Vamplew 112,475

Plenty of local superstars are in the hunt as well with $5k Six-Max winner Aaron Lim, APAC crusher Jonathan ”xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis, Jeff Lisandro, Brendon Rubie, Tony Hachem and Ty Krost all making it to Day 2.

See the full Day 1 chip counts here.

Over 100 players hit the rail today leaving about 260 on to Day 2. Notables to have their main event dreams end today included John Juanda, Jesse Sylvia, Bertrand 'ElkY" Grospellier, James Obst, Melanie Weisner and cricketer Shane Warne.

Catch up with all of the day's action with our exclusive live updates right here. Action resumes tomorrow at 2 pm in Melbourne (Midnight ET). 

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