The poker world is actively following the recent turn of events related to the WPTDeepStacks poker tournament which is in progress at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the moment. The Immokalee poker congregation commenced on 9th April and it is going to welcome poker enthusiasts ready to test their skills on the felt and see the final day of action this Wednesday.
This location is not unfamiliar to poker connoisseurs who are actively participating in poker events and following their development closely. Within the span of this season of the WPTDeepStacks, numerous hotspots will welcome the poker tournament and this is one of the more anticipated ones. Being a three-day poker event, there were expectedly many enthusiasts willing to participate in the poker and the expectations were met. A total of 816 entrants were registered for poker action, each of them paying as much as $1,100 in the form of buy-in.
This is how the prize pool which was generated reached some $791,520, guaranteeing considerable prizes for the top positions on the official leader board. What is specific about this very poker tournament was that it was one of the affected events by the Hurricane Irma back in September 2017. It was originally scheduled for that month, but due to the unfavorable weather conditions and the evacuation process which prevented it from taking place back then. The tournament is part of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Festival which is in progress.
Poker Happenings during Starting Flights
So far the starting flights Day 1a and Day 1b have finished and as many as 171 players continue ahead towards Day 2 of the event. This would also be the final event where the final table will take place. At the end of the second starting flight, the chip leader was Joseph Cheong who managed to generate the largest chip stack among all 502 players present.
He continues ahead with a total of 384,500 in chips which is more than the chip leader from Day 1a. It could be recalled that the initial starting flight for this event was dominated by Mukul Pahuja who is sponsored by World Poker Tour and has 384,000 in chips. Only the top 102 places on the leader board will receive a cash payout from the generated prize pool. This is how the big winner will be granted the first-place prize of $143,324 for his deep run in the poker tournament.
Cheong made an impressive jump towards the end of the second starting flight as he nearly tripled his chip stack in the final three levels of poker action. Some of the players which have the potential to claim the throne are Ryan McKnight who has a total of 205,500 in chips, Nick Palma with his 138,000, as well as Olivier Busquet who amassed 107,500 and continues ahead.