The World Poker Tour World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas drew a field of 2,690 entries across its three starting flights, the largest turnout in WPT main tour history. By the end of day 2, just 399 remained with a shot at the title and the top prize of $4,136,000. The top 370 finishers will all earn a piece of the $29,008,000 prize pool, with a min-cash being worth $17,400.
The UK’s Adrian Sorel-State ended the day with 2,400,000, good for the largest stack heading into day 3. Hot on his heels was two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Andriy Lyubovetskiy, who sits with 2,200,000.
Other big names who bagged massive stacks included 2022 Wynn Millions runner-up Isaac Kempton (2,100,000) top 2022 Card Player Player of the Year race contender Adam Hendrix (2,055,000), bracelet winner and WPT champion Soheb Porbanderwala (2,035,000), bracelet winner Jason Gooch (1,850,000), WPT champion Taylor von Kriegenbergh (1,750,000), 2022 WSOP main event final tablist and WPT champion Asher Conniff (1,675,000), bracelet winner Steve Gross (1,700,000), and WPT champion and two-time bracelet winner Freddy Deeb (1,650,000).
Deeb surged up the leaderboard in the middle of the day thanks to a big pot that saw him flop a set of queens facing a set of tens for his opponent. Card Player TV caught up with Deeb on break shortly after that hand to learn more.
Another noteworthy player still in contention is the WPT’s own Lynn Gilmartin, longtime anchor and ambassador for the tour. The 2015 EPT Barcelona €220 ladies event winner finished with 930,000, putting her in great shape to secure her largest live tournament score with even a min-cash in this event. She is not the only WPT on-air talent heading into day 3, though. WPT commentator Tony Dunst, a two-time bracelet winner and WPT champion, has 270,000 to play with.
Plenty of big names were eliminated on day 2, including bracelet winner and WPT champion Alex Foxen, 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, WPT champion and three-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman, three-time WPT champion and bracelet winner Brian Altman, two-time WPTY champion and five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, and poker’s all-time money leader Justin Bonomo, who was the chip leader from day 1A.
Full day 3 chip counts will be posted later tonight.
Photo credits: World Poker Tour.