2022 WPT World Championship Enters Final Stretch

By David Huber
December 18, 2022

The 2022 WPT World Championship live poker tournament series at the Wynn Las Vegas is quickly closing in on the Main Event final table, which will guarantee a seven-figure payday to the top six finishers of the $10,400 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship.

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Day 5 of the WPT World Championship Main Event begins today and will play all the way down to the six-handed final table. The surviving guaranteed millionaires will then be afforded a day of rest before returning to the championship table on Tuesday, December 20th.

By the time the dust settles on Tuesday (or early Wednesday morning), this year’s WPT Championship final will have awarded a Main Event prize pool of more than $29 million, with $4.13 million awarded to the eventual winner.

Four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, poker coach, and “full-time human” Benny Glaser spent most of Day 4 adding to his massive stack, and will be one of the players to watch this afternoon.

Glaser was able to show down a winning Full House (Fours over Nines) versus a rivered King-High Flush early into Level 5 on Saturday to catapult himself into the overall tournament chip lead and make the WPT highlight reel.

Other big names still in the hunt, hoping to see themselves in the winner’s circle, include WPT Ambassador Brad Owen, who has guaranteed himself his largest-ever tournament cash, and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu who is “100% dialed in“.

WPT Global Creative Producer Jamie Kerstetter is among eight women poker players who will be competing Sunday for the top prize in the 2022 WPT Ladies Championship. The 2022 women’s event drew nearly 600 entries and easily more than doubled its original guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.

Poker legends Kathy Liebert and JJ Liu will also be seated at the final table to compete for the championship, along with Canadian live poker veteran Louise Francoeur.

Following a one week hiatus, the $1,100 buy-in WPT Prime Championship final table is likewise on tap for Monday afternoon, December 19th, with Dr. Lara Eisenberg leading the way and looking to add a WPT title to her trophy case that already includes a WSOP bracelet.

WPT Winter Poker Festival 2022: Updated Preliminary Tournament Results

While thousands of poker fans throughout the world will be focusing on and tuning in to Day 5 of the Main Event on Sunday, the Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room has already witnessed millions of dollars in tournament prizes awarded in WPT Winter Poker Festival preliminary events over the past week.

Popular YouTube poker stream Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau doubled his previous career live tournament winnings when he took first place in the $25,700 buy-in High Roller event for $894,240.

Oregon mixed-game specialist Tyler Willse overcame a field that included 272 entries in the $1,100 buy-in HORSE event, collecting a $63,967 reward for the win.

Longtime Las Vegas poker pro Allen Kessler, who has been competing in sanctioned Omaha Hi/Lo tournaments since at least 2001, took home his first-ever Wynn Poker trophy upon winning the $1,100 buy-in Omaha 8 event for a cash prize of $52,104.

Early Thursday morning, Kessler – who is affectionately referred to by his fans as Chainsaw – shared with his Twitter followers that he had regretted allowing himself to be bought out of a Wynn Poker Omaha 8 trophy back in 2009. Now, Chainsaw has his very own miniature replica of the Wynn Hotel to accompany his $4.1 million in career live tournament cashes.

German poker rounder Christopher Puetz won his first WPT event on Thursday when he outlasted a field of 367 competitors in the $1,600 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament for $79,576.

Californian Peter Cross III walked away with the largest live poker tournament cash of his career on Friday when won the $3k No Limit Hold’em event for $429,406.

That was followed up by a $3k NLHE 6-max victory by Rodney Turvin , who made the trip to Vegas from his home state of Georgia.

Turvin’s $234,868 award put him over $1 million in career live poker tournament winnings.

WPT Televised Event Schedule For December 18th-19th

There are three televised WPT World Championship events that are scheduled to be broadcast (on a short delay) from the Wynn Las Vegas today and tomorrow. Following is a list of start times for each event (all times Pacific).

Sunday, 12:00 Noon — WPT World Championship Main Event (Day 5)

Sunday, 4:00 PM — WPT Ladies Championship (Final Table)

Monday, 4:00 PM — WPT Prime Championship (Final Table)

Final tables are open to the public, and are located in the Latour Ballroom #6 inside the Wynn Las Vegas property.

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David Huber has been involved in the poker industry for close to two decades: initially as a professional online poker player and later as an editor, consultant, writer, and forum manager. Known as “dhubermex” online, David’s poker-related work has been heavily published across numerous websites since 2004.

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