Day 1B of the $10,300 WPT Main Event Championship took place on September 13 and saw another 490 players buy in. This took the total attendance to 1,011, meaning the $10 million guarantee has been surpassed by $110,000.

Only 76 of those 490 Day 1B players managed to finish the flight with chips in front of them. Nobody had a larger stack that Benjamin Rolle who claimed the Day 1B chip lead and has done his chances of glory no harm at all by getting off to a flying start.

WPT Main Event Championship Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Benjamin Rolle Austria 3,604,241
2 Daniel Szymanski Germany 3,375,987
3 Victor Simionato Brazil 3,181,776
4 Ali Imsirovic Mexico 2,984,524
5 Nicolay Motsenko Russia 2,953,222
6 Srikant Vedutla United Kingdom 2,951,776
7 Felix Bleiker Austria 2,853,043
8 Dan Smith Canada 2,735,368
9 Niklas Astedt Sweden 2,522,280
10 Daniel Petersen Denmark 2,278,672

Rolle is a very dangerous poker player, one who has featured in the highest buy-in tournaments online poker has to offer. He turned his 200,000 starting stack into 3,604,241 over the course of 18 levels and that’s enough for second-place overall going into Day 2 on September 14.

Several massive names also progressed from this second and final Day 1, showing how strong the lure of a WPT title and a $10 million prize pool is.

Ali Imsirovic (2,984,524), Dan Smith (2,735,368), and Niklas Astedt (2,522,280) are just a trio of star to look out for when play resumes. All three bagged up enough chips to finished in the top 10 on Day 1B.

Christian Rudolph (2,183,550), Timothy Adams (1,931,454), Mike Watson (1,816,269), and Claas Segrebrecht (1,785,170) each punched their Day 2 tickets and are in with a legitimate shot at a seven-figure prize.

Two orange diamonds made it through from this flight, namely Jason Koon and Isaac Haxton. Both of these superstars are no strangers to prestigious tournaments and each is no gunning for glory here. Koon returns with a 1,583,158 stack while Haxton is armed with 631,726 and has a little work to do.

Two Players Will Become Millionaires

The payouts are now set with both flights done and dusted and there are some incredible prizes on offer. Some 136 spots are paid, meaning 20 of the Day 2 players return home empty-handed.

A min-cash is worth $23,253 and this sum increases to a point where the final 12 finishers win at least $103,122. Anyone finishing fourth or above wins more than half a million dollars with the runner-up scooping $1,231,600. Our champion, whoever that shall be, walks away with a cool $1,715,667 and their name forever etched onto the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

We cannot wait to discover who that champion will be and we don’t have too long to wait to find out. Who that champion will be becomes clearer after Day 2 on September 14. Play resumes at 20:05 CEST and continues until only nine players remain.

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