Over the last few years, Seminole Hard Rock has hosted some of the World Poker Tour’s biggest events. That trend continued this weekend, as 1,309 players came together to form the fifth-largest field in WPT history at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. That field built up an over $4 million prize pool and while the dust hasn’t settled yet, the field is well into the money and starting to take shape heading into Day 3.
Joseph Cheong leads the way with 1.86 million chips, which puts the former November Niner in pole position to make a run towards his first World Poker Tour final table. The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final table will be live streamed exclusively on PokerGO and Cheong isn’t the only big name in contention.
Online legend Brian Hastings, who competed in Poker After Dark‘s Pot Limit Omaha debut along with the likes of Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Phil Galfond, is behind Cheong on the leaderboard. Former WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka is also near the top, as he will enter Day 3 just outside the top-ten.
The WPT Champions Club is also well represented. Two-time champion Aaron Mermelstein is the highest ranking member of that fraternity heading into Day 3, but Victor Ramdin, Dylan Wilkerson, Brian Altman, and Daniel Weinman are not far behind. Weinman won last year’s Tournament of Champions, after winning his first WPT title earlier in 2017.
PokerGO commentator Jeremey Ausmus is also still alive heading into Day 3, along with 2018 Super High Roller Bowl participant John Andress.
The remaining field is guaranteed at least a $7,949 score, but the final 81 players all have their sights set on Wednesday’s PokerGO streamed final table and the $696,740 that awaits the eventual champion. For Day 3 updates of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, follow along on WPT.com, and subscribe now to watch the WPT live on PokerGO.