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WPT Spring Festival: ‘samurs561’ Chip Leads 43 Survivors in Main Event

WPT Spring Festival
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  • Namita Ghosh February 21, 2021
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The World Poker Tour (WPT) Spring Festival Main Event is now two days away from crowning a champion. The series is underway on Asian operator Poker King since February 11.

The ¥2,000 (~$300) buy-in Main Event logged in 3,505 runners across three starting flights, translating to a 30% deficit from its listed ¥10 Million (~US$1.5 Million) guarantee. Day 2 started at 7.30 PM on February 20 with 776 qualifiers, and less than 6%, i.e., 43 players, survived through to Day 3.

An anonymous player, ‘samurs561’ amassed a massive 9,000,762 stack to take over the chip lead and is the only advancing player with a nine-million-plus stack. The player spun into domination in the last level of play after winning a monster pot of nearly 10 Million from the then chip leader ‘Misyy.Tianxiansheng’ (Mr. Tian) (8,282,681) and ‘jackL580’ carried forward the next top stacks to Day 3.

Six celebrity players were in contention on Day 2, and all of them ended up giving away their bounties. Day 1A survivors Stephen Chidwick (761st) and Scotty Nguyen (576th) were the first to depart. With only 550 finishers assured a min-cash of ¥4,000 (~$618), both Chidwick and Nguyen left empty-handed.

Day 1B qualifier, Poker King Ambassador Jean-Robert Bellande was the first celebrity player to bust in the money. He took home the 325th place payout worth ¥6,000 (~$927).

Day 1C qualifiers Poker King Ambassador Phil Ivey (233rd for ¥6,000 – $927), Phil Hellmuth (229th for ¥6,000 – $927), and Nick Petrangelo (157th for ¥9,000 – $1,390) were also subsequently eliminated.

Ivey lost his tournament life in Level 28. Hellmuth was eliminated on another table after he ran ace-four into ‘po7’s two pair that improved to a rivered full house.

Hellmuth eliminated


These celebrity players will be donating all their winnings in the event to a charity of their choice.

Day 3 begins at 7.30 PM CST today and will play down to the eight-handed final table. All 43 players have already locked in ¥17,000 (~$2,626), and even though some of them would be eyeing to ladder up the pay scale, most would have their sights on winning the WPT trophy and the handsome top prize of ¥1,750,000 (~$270,305).

PokerGuru will exclusively live-stream the action in India, with former WSOP champions Nipun Java and Mohsin Charania commentating in Hindi. You can watch the live-stream on our Facebook page.

Content & Images Courtesy: World Poker Tour

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