A total of 146 players signed up for the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship. The tournament kicked off last Saturday at Bellagio in Las Vegas and now, after two days of play, there are 66 players left. Mike Linster will bring the largest stack (744,000) to the tables tonight and Dan Shak (617,300) and Antonio Esfandiari (536,100) are ranked second and third.
Apart from Linster, Shak and Esfandiari, there are quite a few poker stars alive and kicking, including Jake Cody (Day 2's Players of The Day) Phil Hellmuth (307k), Matt Salsberg (130k), Erick Lindgren (124k), Daniel Negreanu (124), Jason Mercier (109k) and Scotty Nguyen (81k).The money bubble will burst when 15 players remain ($49,210 minimum cash); the winner will take home an incredible $1,150,297!
146 players created a prize pool worth $3,540,500. The winner will take home $1,150,297 on Friday, May 24, and the top 15 finishers in the tournament score a min-cash worth $49,210.
Mike Linster raises to 5,000 in middle position and David Sands three-bets to 12,400 from the button. Action folds back to Linster who calls to see a 9diamond6diamond3club flop. Linster checks, Sands bets about 14,000, and Linster raises to 30,500. Sands calls and the 8heart follows on the turn. Linster bets 50,000, Sands calls, and the Aheart lands on the river. Linster bets 75,000 and after a few moments, Sands calls. Linster tables Adiamond5diamond for a pair of aces, Sands mucks, and Linster takes down the pot. Linster won a few more chps off Steve Silverman before bagging up 744,000. Mike Linster - 744,000 (310 bb) David Sands - 176,600 (73 bb)