Two-Time WPT Champ Kevin Eyster Leads after WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event Day 1 - Master Gambling Bonuses

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Two-Time WPT Champ Kevin Eyster Leads after WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event Day 1

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Two-Time WPT Champ Kevin Eyster Leads after WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event Day 1

The WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic Main Event kicked off at Aria Casino Resort & Casino to conclude the sixteenth season of the popular poker series. The event arrived with a $10,000 buy-in and its first day drew 150 entries.

Of them, there were just 62 to survive throughout the day and bag and tag for the night. The field is poised to expand as registration for the tournament will remain open until today at noon local time when the second day is scheduled to begin.

Kevin Eyster collected largest chip stack last night at the host casino to lead the pack of survivors. The player managed to build a stack of 175,500 over the course of the ten levels played on Day 1.

Eyster is a Louisiana-born poker professional with overall live tournament earnings of over $4.38 million. He has previously won two WPT Main Tour titles, which means that a victory at Aria would tie him with the select few three-time WPT champs.

Eyster won his first WPT title in 2013 when he outlasted the field of the $5,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Championship. He also collected a $660,395 share of the prize pool for is triumph. Title number two arrived two years later. Eyster won the $10,400 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December 2015, good for his largest live cash of $1,587,382.

Other Notables in Contention

Eyster was not the only poker celebrity to make it to the end of Day 1 of the ongoing WPT tournament. A look at the overnight chip counts chart shows that the player is followed closely by none other than 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen with 167,900. Tom Marchese, another member of global poker’s elite, rounded out the top three chip counts last night with 166,000. German poker star Steffen Sontheimer, Kitty Kuo, and Matt Parry were few of the other notables to bag at the end of the ten levels scheduled for Sunday at the host casino.

It is yet to be seen whom they will be joined by later today at Aria’s tables. Once registration is closed, organizers will be able to announce the overall prize pool and the places paid.

The ongoing Bobby Baldwin Classic is the final festival on this season’s schedule of the WPT. The Main Event wraps up on May 23 when a champion will be crowned. However, they will not have much time for celebration as they will be heading into the WPT Tournament of Champions, slated to kick off on the very next day.

All Main Event winners throughout WPT’s Main Tour season won an automatic entry into the Tournament of Champions where they will square off for a chance to become the champion of all champions. The season-ending tournament will run at Aria Resort & Casino through May 26.

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