WPT Festa al Lago Draws Poker's Best

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The 2010 WPT Festa al Lago main event began inside the storied walls of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Friday.

As always, the cream of the poker crop returned to poker's mecca for what is now a $10k event, including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Annette Obrestad and, fresh out of Bobby's Room, Doyle Brunson and Eli Elezra.

A total of 294 registered for play on Day 1, already surpassing the 275 who entered the $15k Festa main event in 2009.

However, the unique Bellagio structure allows players to register all the way up until the end of the eighth 90-minute level on Day 2 and even more are expected.

Payman Arjang holds the overnight lead with a host of poker greats close, including Obrestad, Amit Makhija, John "The World" Hennigan, Men Nguyen, Arnaud Mattern, Ryan Young, and David Peters.

215 players moved through to Day 2 with Negreanu, Juanda, Greenstein, Sorel Mizzi, Erica Schoenberg, Scott Clements, CardPlayer 2010 POY contender Thomas Marchese and Kara Scott among those sitting above the average stack.

Day 2 begins at 12 p.m. PT Saturday. The Festa al Lago main event runs through Oct. 20.

For live coverage of the event tune in to PokerListings' WPT Live Updates.

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