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World Poker Tour Championship -- Day 2

The Total Field Size at Bellagio is 195 Players


Faraz JakaWhen registration came to a close at the end of level eight today at the World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio, the final size of the field was just 195 players. This was the lowest turnout for the championship event of the WPT season since 111 players competed in this event during season I. Last year the field size was 338 players. The total prize pool generated by this year’s event was $4,728,750. The top 18 will finish in the money and the eventual champion will win $1,530,537. Here is a look at the full payout structure for the event:

1st: $1,530,537
2nd: $1,034,715
3rd: $587,906
4th: $329,228
5th: $246,921
6th: $199,888
7th: $152,856
8th: $105,823
9th: $75,252
10th-12th: $56,439
13th-15th: $51,736
16th-18th: $47,033

The field may be a small one in terms of quantity, but it once again was filled with a thick collection of poker professionals. Players that took advantage of the late registration today included Daniel Alaei, Tom Dwan, Andy Bloch, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Brandon Cantu, and Phil Hellmuth. The tardy strategy didn’t work for some of these players (Alaei, Dwan, Bloch, and Ferguson were eliminated today) but Cantu and Hellmuth survived. Cantu did quite well in his efforts to catch up to the rest of the field and he ended the night with 489,000. Only four players were ahead of him with at least half a million when play ended, including the chip leader Faraz Jaka (pictured above left) with 597,100. Here is a look at the top of the leader board for day 2:

Faraz Jaka — 597,100
Shawn Buchnan — 596,600
Justin Bonomo — 503,600
Peter Gould — 502,900
Brandon Cantu — 489,000
Todd Terry — 475,600
Soheil Shamseddin — 472,000
Cody Slaubaugh — 416,300
John Oshea — 398,300
David Wiliams — 363,300

Jaka had a very active day and he eliminated multiple opponents, including Ian Woodley, Kevin Schaffel, and Joe Beevers. He grew his stack close to 600,000 when he eliminated Dwan near the end of play tonight. Jaka raised from middle position and Dwan made the call from the small blind. Shawn Buchanan made the call from the big blind and the flop was dealt KHeart Suit QHeart Suit-7. Dwan bet, Buchanan mucked, and Jaka made the call. The turn was dealt 7Heart Suit and Dwan checked. Jaka bet and Dwan moved all in. Jaka made the call and he flipped over AHeart Suit 9Heart Suit for a flush. Dwan turned over 7Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit and he was eliminated from the tournament after the river bricked.

The remaining 98 players will return at noon PDT tomorrow and you can follow along with all the action in Card Player’s full live coverage from the event. Players will begin play at 1,200-2,400 blinds with a 300 ante. The average chip stack is currently 198,979. Join us tomorrow for five more levels of poker between some of the best players in the world.



almost 11 years ago

With today's tournaments having deeper starting stacks and slower initial blind level progressions, you can pretty much auto-fold your way into Day 2, if that's all you're trying to do.


almost 11 years ago

Go Cody!