WCP VIII: Japan leads, Italy facing the chop

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgEntering the third and final round of the day it's high stakes player Masaaki Kagawa's Team Japan leading the World Cup of Poker with defending champions Italy currently facing the Day 1 chop. Only eight teams will make it through to Day 2 and Captain Luca Pagano is going to have to steel his squad if they're going to squeeze ahead of Team Germany, Netherlands, Tajikstan or Costa Rica. Few teams have enough breathing space to get complacent and, this is vital, the points do carry through to tomorrow.

Plaudits should go to Yuichi Andoh of Japan and Renato Nunez of Peru who have both managed to score a perfect 20 points by taking top spot in both of the first two rounds.

1. Japan, 79 points
2. Peru, 68 points
3. France, 66 points
4. Rest of the World, 64 points
5. Costa Rica, 58 points
6. Tajikistan, 57 points
7. Germany, 55 points
8. Netherlands, 55 points
9. Italy, 50 points


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Captain Luca Pagano feeling the pressure


Japan
Masaaki Kagawa (c): 7 + 7 (14)
Kosei Ichinose: 4 + 10 (14)
Atsushi Iwasa: 10 + 5 (15)
Yuichi Andoh: 10 + 10 (20)
Makoto Fukuta: 10 + (16)
Team total: 79

Peru
Martin Sansour (c): 1 + 10 (11)
Renato Nunez: 10 + 10 (20)
Luis Felipe: 6 + 6 (12)
Renso Renfigo: 7 + 7 (14)
Daniel Adrianzen: 4 + 7 (11)
Team total: 68

France
Arnaud Mattern (c): 5 + 6 (11)
Anthony Monestes: 2 + 8 (10)
Guillaume Lebosse: 8 + 7 (15)
Philippe Lucas: 10 + 7 (17)
Sami Ben Ahmed: 8 + 5 (13)
Team total: 66

Rest of the world
David Williams: 4 + 5 (9)
Jake Schwartz: 7 + 8 (15)
Wu Shuk Man: 6 + 8 (14)
Carl Slate: 6 + 10 (16)
Pierre Lambert: 4 + 6 (10)
Team total: 64

Costa Rica
Humbertop Brenes (c): 1 + 10 (11)
Ibuki Fukui: 1 + 8 (9)
Paul Cukier: 6 + 6 (12)
Onofre Sade: 3 + 5 (8)
Adrian Varela: 8 + 10 (18)
Team total: 58

Tajikistan
Angel Davidov (c): 8 + 5 (13)
Ildar Faizakhmanov: 7 + 6 (13)
Yaukb Imamov: 2 + 6 (8)
Makisimov Dmitrievich: 2 + 6 (8)
Akmal Sultanov: 7 + 8 (15)
Team total: 57

Germany
Jan Heitmann (c): 3 + 10 (13)
Christian Rudolph: 5 + 8 (13)
Dennis Wiedenbruck: 2 + 10 (12)
Klaus Hornschurch: 3 + 5 (8)
Michael Stobbe: 1 + 8 (9)
Team total: 55

Netherlands
Noah Boeken (c): 4 + 5 (9)
Johan 'bustosoon' van Til: 6 + 7 (13)
Andries Swart: 2 + 8 (10)
Peter Roeleveld: 3 + 7 (10)
Giel van Doorn: 8 + 5 (13)
Team total: 55

Italy
Luca Pagano (c): 5 + 8 (13)
Luca Bonvicini: 3 + 6 (9)
Enrico Trainotti: 1 + 5 (6)
Niccolo Seccafieno: 3 + 7 (10)
William Olivieri: 5 + 7 (12)
Team total: 50

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in World Cup of Poker