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The first of two starting flights in the $3,200 buy-in WPT #04 6-Max Championship is done and dusted after the 434 starters were whittled down to a more manageable 73 after 18 levels of intense short-handed action.

A whole host of the game’s elite players bought in hoping to become a WPT champion and bag themselves a massive prize in the process. Greece’s Christos Xanthopoulos goes down in the history books as the Day 1A chip leader after turning his 100,000 starting stack into 1,695,885.

Xanthopoulos has done his chances of glory no harm at all by getting off to a lightning-quick start in this $3 million guaranteed event. There’s still a long way to go before he can call himself a champion, especially when you take a look at the chasing pack.

Former WSOP Main Event finalists Nick Marchington bagged up 1,534,487 chips and currently occupies second place on the overnight chip counts. Marchington is a superb player who usually specialises in cash games but is a dab hand at MTTs too. He’s definitely one to watch now he’s deep stacked.

Just behind Marchington is Steve O’Dwyer and Malta-based grinder Pim Gieles. Neither of these players needs any introduction because they’ve been crushing tournaments for several years, the latter even chopped the 2019 MILLIONS Online for more than $2 million!

Also in the top 10 Day 1A chip counts is Jiachen Gong who finished seventh in the 8-Max Championship for $61,171. Former WSOP Europe Main Event champion Elio Fox is also in the overnight top 10 courtesy of his 1,083,507 stack.

WPT #04 6-Max Championship Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Christos Xanthopoulos Greece 1,695,885
2 Nick Marchintgon United Kingdom 1,534,487
3 Steve O’Dwyer Netherlands 1,293,077
4 Pim Gieles Netherlands 1,280,824
5 Jiachen Gong Canada 1,280,284
6 Kisil Vladimir Ukraine 1,231,644
7 Ottomar Ladva Estonia 1,221,671
8 Dimitar Bashov Bulgaria 1,189,183
9 Elio Fox Mexico 1,083,507
10 Pavlo Kolinkovskyi Ukraine 1,016,193

Plenty of other big names stamped their Day 2 tickets at the first attempt.

Irish star Dara O’Kearney finds himself 11th in chips with 1,012,156 betting tokens in his stack. Fifth-place finisher in the 8-Max event, Shyngis Satubayev returns with 733,702 chips, while Dimitar Danchev progressed with 676,675 chips.

Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard (599,584), Matthew Staples (482,219), and Jason Koon (317,409), Daniel Dvoress (465,430), Lars Kamphues (457,880), Alex Foxen (423,928), Kahle Burns (350,278), and Ryan Riess (150,251) are some other names to look out for on Day 2.

Day 1B shuffles up and deal at 20:00 CEST on August 9 and we’re expecting a bumper crowd. Team partypoker’s Renato Nomura and Roberto Romanello are guaranteed to play, as is Triple Crown chasing Ognyan Dimov.

We’d also expect some of the Day 1A casualties to fire another bullet at this event, including Team partypoker’s Josip Simunic who busted in 75th place on the first flight.

Stay tuned to the partypoker blog and our social media channels throughout the WPT World Online Championships as we bring you all the news from this remarkable series.

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