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Shawn Buchanan Leads At 2010 World Poker Tour Championship

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A total of 161 poker players took part for the day 1 of the 2010 World Poker Tour Championship. Each player began the day with 100,000 in chips, good for 500 big blinds. Players who decide to register on day 2 will still start the poker tournament with a respectable 125 big blinds, more than enough to make a run at the title despite missing an entire day of the tournament.

With so many chips in play, eliminations were few and far between and the day ended with just 23 casualties. Among those that hit the rail were Antonio Esfandiari, Kevin Saul, McLean Karr, Justin Smith, Annette Obrestad and Card Player's owner Jeff Shulman. Other notables who finished the day near the top of the leader board include Shawn Buchanan, David Benyamine, Phil Ivey and Christian Harder.

Play will resume Monday at noon and registration will be open until 5 p.m. PST. Take a look at the top 10 chip counts below.

  • Shawn Buchanan — 388,600

  • Brian Lemke — 298,825

  • David Benyamine — 291,275

  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 277,275

  • Soheil Shamseddin — 244,000

  • Chris Moore — 243,700

  • Cody Slaubaugh — 231,300

  • Phil Ivey — 230,250

  • Todd Terry — 213,825

  • Christian Harder — 211,675


Shawn Buchanan with an online poker name: "Buck21" , a 27-year-old professional poker player from Vancouver, Canada. Like Scotty Nguyen, he already has a WPT title under his belt, having won the WPT Mandalay Bay Poker Championship in 2007. This is his second WPT final table and his eighth WPT cash, along with 10 WSOP cashes and a WSOP final table. Buchanan is also a strong online poker player, and won a WCOOP event in 2007 in pot-limit Omaha.
Shawn Buchanan has been playing high-stakes poker for a few years now, and typically when Buchanan gets $40,000 into a pot he gets it in with the best of it. In this pot he managed to get it all-in with eight outs, only one card to go. After collecting three bounties on the first day of the 2009 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, Canadian Shawn Buchanan took home the WPT's “Bold Player of the Day” Award. 
He started playing poker in 2001 and in 2006, he won entry through a UltimateBet freeroll in the 2006 WPT Championship.

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