We’re down to nine players in the WPT World Online Championships $10,300 Main Event, and Damian Salas holds the chip advantage. Two of the remaining players will receive a seven-figure payday, and every player left in the field is guaranteed at least $127,386.
Salas’ claim to fame is a seventh-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. The Argentinian took home $1.4 million for finishing just six spots shy of being crowned world champion. He can score an even bigger payday on Wednesday if he ships the title.
The WPT WOC Main Event, which had 1,011 entries in the $10 million guaranteed tournament, is set to pay $1,715,667 to its winner while the runner-up will earn $1,231,600. A champion will be crowned Wednesday night, with play beginning at 8 pm CET on Partypoker.
Salas Chasing Poker Glory
Salas made it through to Day 3 on Tuesday with one of the smallest stacks — about 4.1 million. Artur Martirosian had the chip lead at just over 30 million, but couldn’t hold on. The chip leader at the start of Day 2 went out in 10th place, bubbling the final table, for $103,122.
Benjamin Rolle, aka online poker legend “bencb789,” also had high hopes for winning a major online poker event. He bagged the Day 1B chip lead, but was eliminated in 18th place, cashing for $58,638. Day 1A chip leader Blaz Zerjav is still in the mix and sits fourth in chips at 24,168,834. Salas holds the chip lead at 37,041,854. Phillip Mighall, a Brit, checks in with the second-largest stack (34,700,063).
Day 4 could last for quite some time as there are plenty of chips on the table. Salas leads the way with 74 big blinds, and even the shortest stacks are relatively deep. Bert Stevens has the smallest stack with 21 big blinds. Mighall will enter the final session with 69 big blinds.
Dzmitry Urbanovich, who enters the final table with 37 big blinds, is the lone remaining Partypoker ambassador in the WPT World Online Championships Main Event.