Hellmuth and Chan busted at Mandalay Bay

Johnny Chan

The opening day of the Mandalay Bay Poker Championship was a tough one for poker legends, as both Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan busted out of the event. The two can now focus on the upcoming World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the hunt for an eleventh golden bracelet.

Phil Hellmuth arrived late to the World Poker Tour (WPT) tournament, as usual, and was eliminated after a couple of hours when an opponent flopped quad deuces.

Johnny Chan was actually knocked out even before Hellmuth had taken his seat. Chan moved all-in pre-flop with pocket jacks, but had to surrender Thomas Wahlroos, who held pocket aces.

Other Day 1 casualties at the Mandalay Bay Poker Championship: Greg Mueller, John D'Agostino, Anna Wroblewski, David Pham.

In total, 112 of the 228 entrants will return for Day 2. Shawn Buchanon is the chip leader with $158,075, followed by Tim Herbert with $155,175 and John Juanda with $112,325.

Pros still in contention include Billy Baxter, Erik Seidel, Allen Cunningham, Alan Goehring, Michael Mizrachi, David Sklansky and J.C. Tran.

Day 2 kicks off at 12 p.m. (PDT), and you will be able to follow all the action in the Live Tournaments Section. Absolutely nothing escapes our ever-present reporter Owen Laukkanen.

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