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WPT World Championship Draws 2,960 Entries To Build $29 Million Prize Pool

The Top 370 Finishers Will Make The Money, With The Eventual Champion Set To Win $4,136,000

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The $10,400 buy-in World Poker Tour World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas drew a huge field of 2,960 total entries across its three starting flights, blowing away the $15,000,000 guarantee to create a final prize pool of $29,008,000. As a result, this event established itself as the largest main tour event in WPT history.

With the guarantee nearly doubled, the top 370 finishers are set to make the money, with $4,136,000 and a seat into next year’s running of this event going to the eventual champion. The entire final table will become millionaires thanks to this event, with each set to secure a seven-figure payday for making the top six. A min-cash will be worth $17,400. The six-figure payouts begin at 32nd place ($119,300).

Below is a look at the final table payouts:

1st – $4,136,000
2nd – $2,830,000
3rd – $2,095,000
4th – $1,608,000
5th – $1,301,000
6th – $1,001,050

Full payouts can be found here. A total of 1,293 entries were made on day 1C, making it the largest of the three starting flights. Day 1A drew 615, while day 1B attracted 1,052. By the end of the day, roughly 540 players remained. Krasimir Yankov bagged up 1,062,000 for the biggest stack in the room.

Other players near the top of the leaderboard at the end of day 1C included Nissar Quraishi (969,000), Adnan Mohammad (958,000), and Tim Reilly (943,000).

Plenty of big names hit the rail on day 1C, and with no remaining starting flights, have officially been knocked out of contention in this event. Among them were WPT champion and ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, two-time WPT winner J.C. Tran, five-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver, and recent WPT World Championship high roller winner Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau.

Late in the day, Card Player TV caught up with Kyna England, who had run up a healthy stack late in the day, ending with 438,000. England finished third in the 2021 WPT Venetian main event for a career-best score of $448,755, and will be looking to add to her lifetime earnings of $842,042 with a deep run in this record-setting event.

Day 2 is set to kick off at noon on Dec. 15 with 3,000-5,000 with a 5,000 big blind ante for level 11. The full chip counts and seat assignments can be found on the Wynn Poker Room website.

Here is a look at the chip counts for the top 50 stacks heading into day 2:

First Name Last Name Chips
Aryan Oliveira 1,551,000
Krasimir Yankov 1,062,000
Justin Bonomo 1,011,000
Nissar Quraishi 969,000
Adnan Mohammad 958,000
Tim Reilly 943,000
Joseph Couden 935,000
Steven McKuin 895,000
Andrew Crookston 879,000
Sang Tillman 825,000
Rambo Halpern 810,000
Baebae Liu 803,000
Arden Cho 787,000
Ryan Leng 784,000
Nick Yunis 782,000
Juan Endara 776,000
Matthew Hunt 766,000
John Monnette 760,000
Dan Smith 746,000
Roberto Romanello 725,000
Stephen Kehoe 722,000
Soheb Porbandarwala 718,000
Dominic Brazier 714,000
Kirk Smith 712,000
Lucas Foster 709,000
Christopher Staats 691,000
Matt Stout 680,000
Yervand Boyadjian 670,000
Scott Wellerback 660,000
Adam Hendrix 658,000
Mike Finstein 656,000
Mike Jozoff 641,000
Spencer Champlin 641,000
Danny Allen 633,000
John Merchant 629,000
Griffin Paul 625,000
James Carroll 624,000
Daniel Neilson 624,000
Connor Drinan 604,000
James Romero 600,000
Jesse Jones 598,000
Frank Stepuchin 593,000
Taylor Howard 591,000
Freddy Deeb 589,000
Mayank Madan 589,000
Josh Adkins 588,000
Mameche Sliman 585,000
Lewis Spencer 581,000
Daniel Sepiol 581,000