NAPT Venetian: Readying for Day 2

napt-thumb.jpgIt's a quiet Sunday morning here at the Venetian. Well, relatively speaking. "Quiet" has a slightly different significance inside a Vegas casino than it might there on your front porch perusing the latest news on your laptop. But let's appreciate together the contrast of the present calm with the high, constant buzz we encountered yesterday, the exciting first day of play at the North American Poker Tour Venetian Main Event.

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A huge turnout it was. 872 players in all turned out, creating a total prize pool of $4,017,740. A little under half were originally situated at tables in the Poker Room proper, with the rest comfortably arranged in the near vicinity at tables curling around the Race & Sportsbook, Noodle Asia, and the nearby Casino. More than half of those will be returning today, as 477 made it through the first eight levels of play with chips.

Andy "BKiCe" Seth will be returning to the largest stack in the room after spending the night as our chip leader with 245,600. He's followed by Phil Collins -- again, not the fellow who followed Peter Gabriel in Genesis, but the poker pro known online as "USCPhildo" -- who will have 227,900 to start the day. Mark Ketteringham is next with 211,000, with Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker right near the top as well with 207,300.

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Andy Seth

Moneymaker was one of several Team PokerStars Pros enjoying solid Day Ones, in particular Vanessa Rousso (in 13th with 144,900) and Greg Raymer (14th, 144,100). Daniel Negreanu has an above average stack of 76,500, putting him just inside the top 100 starting play today. 2009 WSOP champ Joe Cada returns to a healthy stack, too, although his fellow Main Event-winning teammates Tom McEvoy (1983) and Joe Hachem (2005) will have some work to do, as will Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Victor Ramdin, Steve Paul-Ambrose, and Dennis Phillips.

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For recaps of yesterday's fun, see the live blog from Day 1.

You can also check out the video below.

Watch NAPT Venetian 2010: Day 1 Recap

We'll see you back here in a little while for the start of Day 2.