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Here is the latest from the WSOP Eastern Regional Champs. Chris Klodnicki was leading the way as the table began, with more than 750,000 chips. The nine poker players that will compete in the December 22nd final table at the World Series of Poker's Eastern Regional Championship have been decided. Notable names not invluded in the top nine are Victor Ramdin, Beth Shak, and Matt Waxman.

Just beneath hris Klodnicki in the line up was Chris Bell, he won his first WSOP bracelet last summer. Other names sitting with those two are Micah Raskin and Jason Burt, as well as Ketan Pandya and Nicholas Mitchell, Todd Terry isn’t too far behind.

The WSOP East Regional is held on the tables at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey and last night determined which of the competitors have avoided elimination and made the cut. Chris Klodnicki went in as the chips leader with 759,000, narrowly ahead of early pace setter Chris Bell. New York-born entrant Micah Raskin is in third position with 594,000 chips, only just in front of professional poker player Jason Burt. Matt Waxman, who recently won the WSOP Main Event at the same venue, was one of the surprise losers in last night's game, while other notable absentees from the final table include Beth Shak and Victor Ramdin. Each of the nine competitors remaining in the poker tournament will receive an automatic bid into the $1 million freeroll WSOP Circuit. After the second day's action, Bell was in the lead with some $434,500 to his name.

In other poker news, Caesars has signed a deal for online poker. They expanded their presence in the European market by signing with an Italian company in order to promote online and offline poker tourneys. Microgame's People's Poker, a network of over 120 sites, will be co-branded utilizing the WSOP brand and serve as the online hub for poker in the Italian market. As part of the agreement, Microgame become the exclusive satellite provider in Italy of WSOP events, a spokesman said. Microgame will also act as the exclusive pre-registration booking office for Italian players for the WSOP even in Las Vegas.


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