WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE]

Jorge "jorginho88" Abreu Bags the Lead on Day 1 of WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 [8-Max PRO KO, Freezeout, Warm-Up SE] $1 Million GTD!

• Nível 24: 25,000-50,000, 6,000 ante

The first day of WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 [8-Max PRO KO, Freezeout, Warm-Up SE] $1 Million GTD has come to an end after nine exhilarating hours of play. Day 1 saw a total of 1,185 entries, creating a prize pool that broke the $1 million guarantee that was set with ease. When the dust had settled at it was Jorge "jorginho88" Abreu sitting atop the leaderboard with a considerable chip lead.

Abreu coasted through the day, hovering well above average and it wasn't until the last few levels that he really started to kick it into overdrive. He won several healthy-sized pots during the last few rounds, catapulting up to a stack of 8,122,159, more than enough to secure the lead. The Portugal native is new to the poker scene but is coming off a massive $161,042 score just a few weeks ago.

Arbeu is in an optimal position to add another feat to his young and blossoming resume as he sits comfortably ahead of second place. Closest behind leader on totem pole is Daniel "Darsolation" Smyth who has 5,539,520. Rounding out the top five are Peter "twirlpro" Turmezy (5,529,815), Aliaksei "ale6ka" Boika (4,971,910), and Canada's Plyman416 (3,846,499).

Top 10 Stacks

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Jorge "jorginho88" AbreuPortugal8,122,159162
2Daniel "Darsolation" SmythNew Zealand5,539,520111
3Peter "twirlpro" TurmezyHungary5,529,815111
4Aliaksei "ale6ka" BoikaBelarus4,971,91099
6MonsieurRaskUnited Kingdom3,840,87477
7BenArfaa10United Kingdom3,839,20877
8Joao Mathias "joaoMathias" BaumgartenBrazil3,304,41066
9Francisco "paulwiter" GarciaUruguay3,065,33761
10dodi papaHungary3,039,46661

Day 1 Action

The day had a constant exciting pace throughout, with more than enough action to keep anyone entertained. Some of the entertainment came from familiar faces that failed to make the cut and those to bring the action but fail to make a Day 2 included Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb, Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot, Mike "SirWatts" Watson, Sam "SamSquid" Grafton, and Luis "Turko_man" Rodriguez.

It was on level 19 that the tournament seemed to halt with the action-packed pace it had seen throughout the day as the bubble approached. It seemed like forever before the money was found but in reality, it was just one level and all players soon found a min-cash on level 20. Unfortunately for Fellipe "FellipeD" Drapichinski, he was the last player to take an exit without a payout. Drapichinski pushed his short-stack in with nine-seven off and ran into queens. The board ran out dry and all players then were guaranteed at least $1,194 for their efforts.

The remaining 55 players are all now getting at least $1,907 plus whatever bounties have been acquired, but all players will have their eye on that $81,357 first-place prize, along with a WCOOP title. The eventual winner will also be retaining their own bounty, adding onto that massive payday.

Day 2 will start Monday, September 21 at 1:05 ET and will have a live stream following all of the action. The blinds will remain at 20 minutes in length, with all players getting a five-minute break 55 minutes past every hour. The day will not end until a winner has been crowned, taking down the title and all of that cold hard cash.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all of the action as the remainder of the tournament unfolds, so tune in tomorrow!