The first of three Day 1s at WPT Prague is in the books with American Shannon Shorr in a virtual dead heat with Finn Pasi Heinanen for the early chip lead.
Shorr, a long-time pro seeing a resurgence in results this year along with a newfound perspective on poker from his recent travels, bagged up 191,800 to end the day well ahead of most of the field.
He’s just slightly behind Finn Heinanen, though, who surged late in the day to catch him for the overall lead at 193,800.
Rounding out the top 5 among the 55 runners who survived Day 1a were Pawel Brzeski (173,100), Sebastian Garrasi (143,900) and Oleksii Khoroshenin (129,800).
Other notables making the Day 1a cut included Mike “SirWatts” Watson (88,400), Paul “paulgees81” Volpe (80,000), WPT Borgata Poker Open champ Ben Hamnett (55,100) and UK pro Max Silver (28,300).
Duhamel, Jaka Bust but Back Again Tomorrow
With two more retry options on Day 1b and Day 1c the deeper pocketed pros who hit the rail today will more than likely be back for a couple more kicks at the can.
Among the higher profile pros to make the trip to Prague and bust their first bullets were Jonathan Duhamel, Faraz Jaka, Matt Waxman, Bryn Kenney, Ana Marquez and Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen.
Won't have to think ling about a re-entry.
PokerStars pro Jason Mercier appeared ready to join them on Day 1b but a passport snafu and a flight change may have pushed his arrival back to Wednesday’s Day 1c.
Action picks up for Day 1b tomorrow from the Kings Casino in Prague at 1 pm local time. Follow along with the WPT live updates here.
The Top 10 in chips from Day 1a:
- 1. Pasi Heinanen 193800
- 2. Shannon Shorr 191800
- 3. Pawel Brzeski 173100
- 4. Sebastien Garrasi 143900
- 5. Oleksii Khoroshenin 129800
- 6. Yngve Hella Steen 109200
- 7. Roman Korenev 95900
- 8. Marco Andre Lang 93700
- 9. Michael Watson 88400
- 10. Julian Herold 84100