Apr 17, 2017
The opening event of Season XVI of the World Poker Tour continued on Monday with action from WPT Beijing. The returning field of 50 players were all in the money, and the goal for Day 3 was to play down to just 27 remained. That only took three levels, and when the dust had settled, Bryan Huang (pictured) held the chip lead with 1.104 million.
Huang, a well-known player from Singapore with , is a former member of Team PokerStars with more than $1.1 million in live tournament earnings. This result is his first WPT Main Tour cash, and he’s certainly making the most of it with the lead going into Day 4. Huang was the only player to bag up a seven-figure chip stack, and Yunxiang Fan was the closest to him on the leaderboard with 894,000.
Sitting in third place heading to Day 4 was Guifang Liu, who bagged the Day 1 chip lead. She has maintained a spot towards the top of the leaderboard for most of the event.
WPT Beijing Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
1. Bryan Huang – 1,104,000
2. Yunxiang Fan – 894,000
3. Guifang Liu – 840,000
4. Yancheng Tan – 780,000
5. Hao He – 625,000
6. Shijun Tao – 568,000
7. Peng Chen – 566,000
8. Chenxu Zhang – 537,000
9. Jianzhong Song – 502,000
10. Yanbin Chen – 473,000
For a full list of the remaining players, click here.
Yuan Weidong was the first place eliminated on the day, and thus the first player to walk away with a cash from Season XVI of the World Poker Tour. Weidong was eliminated in 50th place by Gao Wenling.
Falling in 42nd place was Lu Wen when his pocket threes couldn’t win a flip against the of Huang. An ace hit the flop to give Huang the lead, and he held from there.
The last player eliminated on the day was Zhang Lei in 28th place. On the flop, he was all in with the for an open-ended straight draw. Chen Yanhan had the and had him on the ropes. The on the turn and on the river kept Yanhan’s aces best and eliminated Lei.
With the elimination of Lei, the day was done with 27 players left.
The final 27 players have locked up a payday of CNY 66,477 (approx. $10,000), but it’s all about the CNY 2,063,454 (approx. $300,000) first-place prize. The winner will also earn a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
Stay tuned to WPT.com for continued coverage from WPT Beijing.
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