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PokerStars North American Poker Tour Attracts a Field of 872

PokerStars North American Poker Tour Attracts a Field of 872

It caused quite a stir in the poker world when PokerStars announced that there would be a North American Poker Tour this year. All that hype caused the NAPT to be one of the most anticipated events for the year 2010. Indeed, the main event of the NAPT came close to filling their roster up, attracting a field of 872, just 18 people short of reaching the 890 entrants cap.

A Field Full of Variety

Since this year's NAPT is the inaugural one, then it's only understandable that the organizers have been taking extra care to make it extra memorable. But they're not the only ones who are trying so hard to make this year's NAPT memorable.
The players, too, are going to try their best to win the Main Event because the winner's name will be immortalized forever as the first winner of the NAPT. It's a huge honor to be the winner of the inaugural event, so a lot of pros have come to try their luck. Joe Cada, winner of last year's WSOP, made an appearance, and so did Daniel Negreanu. Joe Hachem and Chris Moneymaker also came, as well as Jason Mercier, Dennis Phillips, Vanessa Rousso, Tom McEboy, Scotty Nguyen, and Steve Paul– Ambrose. Some celebrities also managed to come; Jason Alexander, Seinfeld Actor, was able to show up. Famous baseball player, Orel Hershiser also made an appearance, as well as Darus Suharto and Bill Chen. All in all, it was quite a star– studded field, so ordinary folk were occasionally treated to a celebrity in their tables – whether you'll interpret that as a good thing or bad thing, however, is entirely up to you.

Preliminary Events

However, luck still plays a huge part in a game of skill like poker, so some pros, despite all their talent, had to be sent home packing just on the first day alone. Kevin "BeL0wab0Ve" Saul was one. Bill "Patrolman35" Kopp of Ultimate Bet also had to go home early. It can't be said that Kopp left without a flair, however, because the hand that beat him was one of the most exciting plays ever. With both players holding flushes, it was quite a dramatic play, with everyone watching on edge as they watched the scene unfold. A lot of other players had gone home after the first day, and more will follow in the next days. In the end, only 128 players will finish in the money, with the one in first place nabbing a whopping $827,000 first place prize.

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