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Day One, Part II

$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship, Day One, Part II: "Top Twenty To Terrorize the Tiny"

Although Binion’s officials will still be a couple of hours coming up with sheets showing the newly redrawn tables for The Big One, Day Two (I love capital letters), Tournament Assistant Director Tom Elias let me eyeball the sealed chip bags, and barring a bleary-eyed 4:30 a.m. error, here are the 20 chip leaders entering play today:

1. Mehul Chaudhari, $92,500

2. James Van Alstyne, $84,100

3. Michael Sukonik, $78,275

4. Carlos Mortensen, $72,250

5. Hassan Habib, $64,825

6. “Miami” John Cernuto, $63,000

7. Kathy Liebert, $57,775

8. Berry Johnston, $55,225

9. Raymond Beck, $55,125

10. Simon Zhang, $53,000

11. “Captain” Tom Franklin, $52,125 (the remains of a $85,000 pot he won!)

12. Randy Hudson, $51,400

13. Mel Judah, $51,575

14. Barry Greenstein, $51,275

15. Larry Bellfuss, $51,000

16. Dewey Tomko, $49,850

17. TJ Cloutier, $48,200

18. Ty Bayne, $43,600

19. David Chiu, $42,525

20. Day Kim, $42,125

These “Titanic Twenty” aren’t merely holding lots of ammunition. As readers familiar with the big time tournament circuit may realize, fully three-quarters of them are legitimate tournament stars who haven’t collected these chips by accident, and who probably know a thing or two about how to help them grow fruitful and multiply.

With more than half the field eliminated on the first day, an average stack at this point is about $21,000.