Amnon Filippi ended Day 1 as one of the biggest stacks in the field. When we went to add more chips to his count today, we noticed there was no trace of him in the overnight chips counts or in the Day 2 table draw. Filippi was quite relaxedly playing in a seat listed as belonging to one Steven Aaron, the same player who was listed in last night's official counts with Filippi's exact chip stack.
Tournament Director Jack Effel immediately came to the Amazon room to talk to Filippi and get to the bottom of the situation. Filippi said that he late-registered for the tournament around 6:00 pm last night. He thought there was something unusual about his registration card because he couldn't find his name on it. He told Effel that he asked the dealer at his first table where his name was on the card, but the dealer allowed Filippi to take a seat and join the action without further inquiry. It is likely that when Filippi registered, his players card number was entered incorrectly, or there was some other clerical mistake.
It is unclear how the situation will be handled at the moment. Although no one is accusing Filippi of foul play, the fact remains that, from Harrah's point of view, he was not registered for the tournament and has spent the last ten levels playing a stack attached to someone else's name. Effel asked Filippi to produce his player's copy of the registeration card, and Filippi said it is at home, and he hasn't been able to get in touch with anyone to bring it to him.
Filippi is still playing at the moment and has a sizable 32,000-chip stack. Effel has said that the issue must be resolved before the field reaches the money at 81 players. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.