Florida WPT Main Event Breaks Record

Florida WPT Main Event Breaks Record

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The largest ever main event from the World Poker Tour (WPT) will come to a conclusion later today with six players fighting for a $1,081,184 top cash prize in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

The WPT World Championship is set to take place later this month from Las Vegas with this week’s Hollywood, Florida, series benefitting as players looked for a free seat into the Nevada finale.

After three starting days, the $3,500 buy-in main event welcomed an impressive 1,795 players. This not only smashed last year's total of 542 but made the Florida main event the largest in the history of the WPT.

There's no doubt that the $5 million guarantee helped attract some of the best names in poker and when the final gets underway later today a number of them will be on display.

Unlike many final tables these days that contain maybe one recognisable player, today's WPT showpiece will feature four players at least 90 percent of the poker community would recognise. Leading the way with more than 18 million chips is Mukul Pahuja and he'll be chased by the likes of James Mackey on 11,680,000, Chance Kornuth with 5,315,000 and Matt Stout holding 3,665,000. Also in the mix and looking for a first WPT title will be Eric Afriat with 6,760,000 chips and Jacob Bazeley on 7,305,000.

Tags: World Poker Tour, WPT, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPT World Championship, Mukul Pahuja, James Mackey, Chance Kornuth, Matt Stout, Eric Afriat, Jacob Bazeley