The North American Poker Tour U.S. Main Event Attracts 872 Entrants
Monday, 22. February 2010

The first PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Main Event to transpire on U.S. soil began on Saturday at the Venetian Hotel Resort Casino in Las Vegas. PokerStars announced that the event attracted a field of 872 players, almost reaching the tournament cap of 890 entrants.

A total of 89 tables began play at the NAPT Main Event populated by a wealth of both PokerStars sponsored pros and celebrities. Amongst the most visible players in the room was Jason Alexander, of Seinfeld fame, whose most noticeable tournament finish was 17th position in the Ante Up for Africa event of the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP). This year’s NAPT Main Event also saw baseball great Orel Hershiser as well a host of poker greats including the reigning WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Rousso, Joe Hachem and Scotty Nguyen.

One of the main questions on everyone’s mind at the outset of the event was whether Full Tilt Poker pros would be making an appearance at the PokerStars sponsored tournament. As it turns out, a couple were spotted amongst the entrants including Gavin Smith and Justin “Boosted J” Smith, whose pocket kinds stood up to another player’s pocket jacks to grab a very serious pot at the outset of play.

Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul was eliminated in the first day of action when his pocket kings ran into another player’s pocket aces. Also sent to the rails on the first day was Ultimate Bet pro Billy “Patrolman35” Kopp. Kopp was dealt pocket threes and hit a full house when the flop fell [6][6][3] with his opponent holding trips with [6][4] hole cards. Unfortunately for Kopp, the turn fell [4] giving his opponent the better full house. Some may remember Kopp’s 12th place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event when his flush fell to the better flush of the eventual runner-up, Darvin Moon.

Also eliminated in the first day was Hevad “RainKhan” Khan. With a board showing [A][K][7][8][Q], Khan shoved all in with [A][K] for top pair. His bet was called by Danny Wong who showed pocket sevens for a set and Khan was sent on his way. Khan is a PokerStars pro best known for his sixth place finish in the 2007 WSOP Main event where he cashed for $956K. His exuberant celebration in finishing in sixth inspired the rule regulating excessive player celebrations which, in fact, carries his name.

Finishing the day with the chip lead was Andy “BKiCE” Seth with a total of 120,000 in chips. Recently, Seth reached the final table of the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl in November and claimed $19,000. In terms of live action, Seth is best known for his runner-up finish at the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament of the 2009 WSOP which earned him $372,000.

The PokerStars NAPT Main Event offers a prize pool of $4 million with 128 players finishing in the money. The first place finisher is slated to take home $827K and the minimum payout is $7,200.

Join PokerStars today and win yourself an all expense paid trip to one of the many massive live tournaments offered around the world.

Related Articles
The 2010 PokerStars NAPT To Be Broadcasted On ESPN
Tuesday, 16. February 2010
Ashton Griffin Wins NAPT Shootout
Saturday, 27. February 2010
Qualify For The WSOP At Pokerstars
Friday, 4. June 2010
PokerStars LAPT Making A Stop In Uruguay
Wednesday, 17. February 2010
The SIGA Poker Championship Added To The Canadian Poker Tour
Monday, 1. August 2011