The picture got a little bit clearer on Day 3 of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The field was confirmed at 586 entries, the prizepool was revealed with over $1.4 million for first, and 78 players made it to the halfway point of this tournament.
Jared Jaffee already has a WPT title to his name, but he’d certainly like to add his name to the WPT Champions Cup for a second time and claim one of the biggest prizes the WPT has to offer. He closed strong, bagging 768,000 for a comfortable lead going into Day 4. Three other players ended Wednesday’s action with over 500,000, including Season XII WPT Championship winner Keven Stammen.
Aaron Massey is fresh off clinching HPT Player of the Year honors, but he has his sights set on a bigger prize than he’s ever seen. He ended the night with 463,000 – good for fifth overall – and he’s followed closely by Chris Bolek, who won over $760,000 in tournaments in Florida in the month of November, including a runner-up finish in the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble.
Kathy Liebert has been close a number of times on the WPT, with a second place and three thirds to her credit, and she has another strong opportunity in this event as she ended Day 3 in ninth. Garrett Greer, one of the recently named BLUFF.com WPT Ones to Watch, rounds out the top 10.
There are a lot of big names still in the mix, as should be expected from a field of this caliber. Almost 20 percent of the field – 15 players – already have a WPT title on their resumes.
Despite largely stepping away from tournament poker, Jon Aguiar has continued a streak of good runs at the Bellagio in bagging up chips on Day 3.
— Jonathan Aguiar (@JonAguiar) December 18, 2014
Joining Aguiar is Brandon Adams, one of 13 players that qualified for this tournament through Aguiar’s current employer, DraftKings. Rene Angelil has a stack that’s well above average, and its a good thing – he spent a big chunk of his 20th anniversary of his marriage to Celine Dion playing poker. Daniel Negreanu treaded water but still ended the night with an above average stack, while Darren Elias – who already has back-to-back WPT titles to his credit this season, finished just under average on Day 3.
The bubble will come early on Thursday, with 54 of the 78 players destined to make the money. Anyone who cashes is guaranteed $22,737, with the top eight spots paying over $100,000. With such a massive turnout at the Bellagio, a monstrous $1,477,890 awaits the eventual champion Saturday night.
While players were wrapping up Wednesday, the WPT celebrated a brand new partnership deal with Hublot, the Swiss luxury watch company, at a celebration at Bellaio’s Hyde nightclub. Hublot, who was the official timekeeper of both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and has partnerships with more than a dozen dynastic sports franchises throughout the world, is set to award a custom version of its Big Bang watch to the eventual WPT Season XIII Player of the Year.
Action will resume at 12 pm PST, and they’ll play five more 90 minute levels before the bags come out once again. The Main Event won’t be the only show on Thursday, however, as a WPT Alpha8 event kicks off at 1 pm PST. They stand as the last two major poker tournaments of 2014 – and each will wrap up on a televised final table on Saturday evening with a lot of money on the line.
2014 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – End of Day 3 Chip Counts
- Jared Jaffee – 768,000
- Chane Kampanatsanyakorn – 584,500
- Ralph Thomas – 582,000
- Keven Stammen – 533,500
- Aaron Massey – 463,000
- Chris Bolek – 459,500
- Nick Petrangelo – 458,000
- Joshua Ladines – 398,500
- Kathy Liebert – 388,500
- Garrett Greer – 386,500
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