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It's a 'Cane thing: UM grad (from awhile back) leads after Day One of World Poker Tour main event


A University of Miami graduate leads the World Poker Tour main event after Day One.

But he's far from a rookie. It's Randy Dorfman, 53, who finished second in the European Poker Tour High Roller event in 2009 and plays all over the world, including a $341K haul in January for finishing fifth at the Aussie Millions. He won $163K in Los Angeles this year and has fared well at the Isle and locally.

In an earlier article I did on him about two years ago, Dorfman talked about moving from South Florida to Las Vegas, and yesterday he told the WPT that he headed out west in 2010, but still has a house in Coconut Grove.

Dorfman has 160,000 chips, and there's still a long way to go.

The tournament has drawn 396 entries so far, and WPT officials are expecting a few more before the noon registration cutoff time today. That total has surpassed 385, which means that when the prize money is divvied up, it'll go over $1 million for the winner.

Lots of locals dot the list, including Matthew Waxman at No. 14, Steven Levy at No. 16 and Noah Schwartz at No. 4.

Dorfman made the video at, saying "I got lucky in a couple of spots," hitting a set of kings when an opponent had a pair. He also notes: "There were a couple of real amateurs at my table."

Meanwhile, our Carey Wagner and Mike Stocker shot videos of the first day and second day. Mike Stocker also did a photo gallery.

The top 10:
Randy Dorfman 160,000
Nicholas Grippo 149,375
James Caroll 130,925
Todd Terry 124,975
Seth Davies 115,225
Joe Serock 113,150
Marsha Wolak 106,350
Elio Cubrera 105,025
Jorge Chavez 104,525
Aaron Schaff 104,225

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Spectator info: The World Poker Tour main event starts at noon each day at the Hard Rock Live through Saturday. Sunday it moves to the poker room and the final table -- with the bright TV lights -- is at 4 p.m. Monday at the Hard Rock Live.

Admission is free, but you can't walk around on the floor, where the players are. The players to take, breaks, though, and interaction in the concession area is pretty easy.

Update: Registration closed now, and it's a field of 433 with a total prize pool of $4,156,800 and a first place payout of $1,112,340.

Notable eliminations: Jason Mercier, Robert Mizrachi, Tony Dunst, Harrison Gimbel, Mike Sexton.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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