The Main Event final table for the 2022 WPT World Championship live poker tournament series at the Wynn Las Vegas is rapidly approaching, and the top six finishers in the $10,400 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship will be guaranteed a seven-figure payoff.
Starting today, Day 5 of the WPT World Championship Main Event will go all the way down to a final table of six players. There will be a day of respite for the remaining guaranteed millionaires before they return to the final table on Tuesday, December 20.
The Main Event prize pool for this year’s WPT Championship final will be over $29 million, and the victor will get $4.13 million when the dust settles on Tuesday (or early Wednesday morning).
This afternoon, keep an eye on Benny Glaser, a four-time bracelet winner, poker coach, and “full-time person” who spent much of Day 4 building his big stack.
Early in Level 5 on Saturday, Glaser showed down a winning Full House (Fours over Nines) against a rivered King-High Flush to take the chip lead, propel himself to the top of the tournament, and make the WPT highlight reel.
WPT Ambassador Brad Owen, who has already guaranteed himself his largest-ever tournament payoff, and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, who is “100% tuned in,” are two more notable players still in the running and aiming to join the winners in the winner’s circle.
On Sunday, eight women will compete for the 2022 WPT Ladies Championship title, including WPT Global Creative Producer Jamie Kerstetter. Nearly 600 women entered the 2022 competition, considerably surpassing the $200,000 prize money that had been promised.
Canadian live poker veteran Louise Francoeur will join poker giants Kathy Liebert and JJ Liu at the final table to play for the title.
Similarly, the $1,100 buy-in WPT Prime Championship final table is scheduled for Monday afternoon, December 19th, with Dr. Lara Eisenberg at the helm and seeking to add a WPT championship to her collection of trophies, which already includes a WSOP bracelet.
Up-to-Date Preliminary Results from the WPT Winter Poker Festival 2022
Over the last week, the Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room has hosted preliminary events for the WPT Winter Poker Festival, awarding millions of dollars in tournament prizes while thousands of poker enthusiasts across the globe concentrate on and tune in to Day 5 of the Main Event on Sunday.
YouTube’s most watched poker broadcast At the High Roller event with a $25,700 buy-in, Ethan “Rampage” Yau claimed first place and won $894,240, more than double his previous live tournament earnings.
Tyler Willse, a mixed-game expert from Oregon, defeated a field of 272 to win the $1,100 buy-in HORSE tournament and take home $63,967.
Allen Kessler, a veteran Las Vegas poker player who has been active in official Omaha Hi/Lo events since at least 2001, won the $1,100 buy-in Omaha 8 event at Wynn Poker and brought home $52,104 in prize money.
Chainsaw Kessler, better known to his admirers as “Chainsaw,” tweeted early Thursday morning that he really regretted selling his 2009 Wynn Poker Omaha 8 trophy. Chainsaw, who has won over $4 million in live tournaments over the course of his career, may now add a tiny copy of the Wynn Hotel to his collection of prizes.
On Thursday, German poker player Christopher Puetz won his first World Poker Tour event, a $1,600 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament. He bested a field of 367 rivals to take home $79,576.
Peter Cross III of California won $429,406 in a $3k No Limit Hold’em event on Friday, making it the greatest live poker tournament cash of his career.
A few hours later, Rodney Turvin of Georgia won $3,000 in an NLHE 6-max tournament in Vegas.
With his $234,868 prize, Turvin’s total earnings from live poker tournaments topped $1 million.
The World Poker Tour will air a series of televised events on December 18th and 19th.
The Wynn Las Vegas will host three WPT World Championship events that will be aired (with a little delay) on television today and tomorrow. Times for each event are shown here (all times Pacific).
The Main Event of the WPT World Championship will begin at Noon on Sunday (Day 5)
WPT Women’s Championship, Sunday at 4pm (Final Table)
The WPT Prime Championship kicks off on Monday at 4 PM (Final Table)
The Wynn Las Vegas hosts the final tables, and the public is welcome to attend. The tables can be found in Latour Ballroom #6.