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



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

Place Player Chip Count
1 Cornel Cimpan 242,800
2 Gregory Shuarts 220,000
3 William Brandise 208,300
4 Ravi Raghavan 166,500
5 Brian Taylor 135,600
6 Paul Volpe 132,800
7 Bryan Piccioli 125,000
8 Dwyte Pilgrim 120,000
9 Shaun Deeb 118,900
10 Victor Ramdin 115,300

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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