The WPT World Championship isn’t just a battle of wills between the world’s best poker players. It’s a battle of attrition.
When late registration ended at the end of Level 12, 152 players had taken seats in the $25,000 + $500 event, generating a total prize pool worth more than $3.6 million and first-place payout worth nearly $1.2 million. With Day 4 now underway, 44 players, including 16 WPT Champions Club members still have a shot at the title – and the cash.
Among the remaining players, WPT Champion Nick Schulman started the day in second chip position, followed closely by fellow WPT Champions Guillaume Darcourt (3rd), Antonio Esfandiari (4th), and Rinat Bogdanov (5th).
Some notable players who busted from the event on Day 3 include defending champion Scott Seiver and current WPT Player of the Year front-runner, Will “The Thrill” Failla. Failla’s early exit means the POY race is still up in the air, with 11 other players, including Joe Serock, David Sands, Matthew Waxman, and Noah Schwartz all in the hunt.
With many big names already eliminated from the WPT World Championship, anticipation is building for the WPT Super High Roller tournament, which begins Wednesday, May 22 at 12pm PST. Potential players in this elite $100,000 tournament – with re-entry – include Failla, Seiver, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, and Daniel Negreanu.
As always, you can follow all of the WPT Super High Roller and WPT World Championship action through our WPT Live Updates and view final table action in each event through WPT Live Streaming, beginning at 4:30pm PST on both Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26.
When they weren’t at the tables, players had a chance to kick back and unwind with the Royal Flush Girls and their favorite WPT cast members. Just scroll down to check out exclusive pictures from the WPT Champions Club dinner and the VIP Player’s Party at the Bellagio’s Bank Nightclub.