2015 WPT World Championship Day 2: Michael Rocco is Chip Leader

WPT World Championship

Season XIII of the World Poker Tour (WPT) has reached the culmination point with the WPT World Championship at Borgata in New Jersey. Each of the WPT Champions throughout the season were awarded a seat in this prestigious tournament, and many more of the best players in the game put up the $15,400 buy-in to compete for one of the biggest titles in poker.

With Day 2 complete, registration is closed and the final numbers are in. 239 players bought in, making the top prize just shy of $1 million ($973,683) while a 27th-place minimum cash will be worth $31,297. There were 68 people still looking to be crowned 2015 WPT World Champion by the time the last card was dealt on Sunday.

American Michael Rocco finished the day with the biggest stack, collecting 439,500 chips by day's end. WPT Champions Club member Jonathan Jaffe has the only other stack above 400K at day's end, with 428,000.

Only a few Canadians made their way to Borgata for the WPT World Championships, with three players making it to the second day of play. Matt Salsberg was the only Canadian to bag chips at the end of Day 2, finishing the day with 209,500. Sorel Mizzi and WPT DeepStacks Player of the Year Ryan Smith both busted during Day 2 play.

Smith nearly made it through Day 2, busting late in the last level of the day. In the small blind, Smith shoved his 38,400 chips after an open-raise from the cutoff and a call by partypoker qualifier Tim Reilly on the button. The cutoff folded, but Reilly called, tabling {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for a race against Smith's {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. Everything looked good for Smith, who was at risk, when he flopped an ace, but once the whole board of {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} was down, the seven on the river sealed Smith's fate.

Day 1 chipleader Eric Panayiotou managed to make it through Day 2, but dropped out of the chiplead, finishing the day with 139,000. A few of the other notable players to make it through to Day 3 were:

Konstantinos Nanos326,000
Keven Stammen303,000
Jake Schindler292,500
David Tuthill292,000
Tony Dunst260.000
Lee Markholt129,000
Eddy Sabat107,000
Jason Mercier55,000

Play resumes at noon on Monday, and we’ll be watching closely for our Canadian contenders. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the day’s action.

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