WPT World Championship: 45 Players Remain After Day 3
Day 3 of the WPT World Championships is officially down in the record books and from a starting field of 152 runners just 45 currently remain, with Pittsburgh native and tour veteran Kurt Cohlberg currently in pole position on a stack of 918,300.
As you would expect from a tournament with 100,000 chip starting stacks and late entry all the way up until the third day, play was methodical throughout the first session and only five of the starting field of 103 didn’t make it through to the second day.
During Day 2, those 98 survivors swelled to 135 as new players registered late for the event – and with 95 making it through to the third day of the tournament we were left with the unusual situation that the number of runners had only dropped by three.
Things got busier on Day 3, however, as the rising blinds forced players to ramp up the aggression and stake a claim to the chip lead. For Cohlberg, this certainly worked wonders, but other players were not so fortunate – with current POTY leader Will Faillia among the casualties.
Other big names to hit the rail included former World Champion Scott Seiver, eleven-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and ClubWPT qualifier Harley Shepherd, but Champions Club members Nick Schulman, Guillaume Dacourt, Antonio Esfandiari and Rinat Bogdanov all finished in the top five.
With the top 18 finishers all cashing and a minimum pay-out of $40,266, there’s still a hell of a lot of play left in this tournament and nothing can yet be taken for granted, but if Cohlberg can hold onto his position it would no doubt be the perfect way to break a WPT title drought that stretches over 10 cashes and three final table appearances.