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World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic Day 1a: Cornel Cimpan on Top of the Pack

Posted at 09:00 2012-08-12 by Chad Holloway

On Friday, Season XI of the World Poker Tour continued with Day 1a of the Parx Open Poker Classic from the Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Thus far, 324 players are registered for the event, including 50 preregistered for Day 1b. Only 93 players survived Day 1a and the man leading the pack is 2009 WPT World Poker Finals champ Cornel Cimpan with a stack of 242,800.

Not everyone was as fortunate as Cimpan on Day 1a. Dan O’Brien, Allen Kessler, Joseph Cheong, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Tony Dunst, Leo Wolpert, and Parx Casino Poker Ambassador Matt Glantz are just a few of the players who hit the rail throughout 10 levels of play. Lucky for them, the Parx Open Poker Classic is a reentry tournament, so most will likely return on Day 1b.

In what ended up being Glantz’s last hand, he got all-in on a flop of {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs} holding {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} and was up against the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} of an unknown opponent. Neither the {6-Diamonds} turn nor {7-Diamonds} river helped Glantz and he was dispatched at the beginning of Level 6.

Likewise, it was not a good day for Matt Brady, who was playing in his home casino. Brady made it all the way to the last level of the night before moving all-in preflop with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} only to be called by an opponent holding {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. The {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop kept Brady in the lead, but the {K-Spades} spiked on the turn to put him in dire straits. The {6-Spades} river left Brady crippled, and he was eliminated a few hands later.

Dwyte Pilgrim (120,000), Jason Somerville (95,000), Christian Harder (89,000), Faraz Jaka (56,800), Nick Binger (41,300), Dan Shak (41,000), David “ODB” Baker (33,600) and Xuan Liu (31,300), are among the players headed into Day 2.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1a:

2012 WPT Parx Open Poker Classic Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Cornel Cimpan242,800
2Gregory Shuarts220,000
3William Brandise208,300
4Ravi Raghavan166,500
5Brian Taylor135,600
6Paul Volpe132,800
7Bryan Piccioli125,000
8Dwyte Pilgrim120,000
9Shaun Deeb118,900
10Victor Ramdin115,300

A whole new field of players will take to the felt at 1200 EDT (1700 BST) on Saturday and will play 10 levels. PokerNews will have your recap of the action once players have bagged and tagged, so be sure to check back then.

*Hands and data courtesy of the WPT Live Reporting Blog.

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