Event 14: $15,400 $5 Million Guaranteed WPT World Championship

Second Verse, Same as the First

WPT Champions Cup

Good morning, and welcome back to the Season XII WPT World Championship here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa!

After eight levels of play on Day 1a, Paul Volpe emerged as the chip leader with 215,300, and he was followed closely by Jerry Wong (198,000), Brandon Steven (195,500), Scott Seiver (192,500), and Tony Gregg (190,600). The first flight attracted 105 players - 62 advanced - and in order to reach the $5 million guarantee, the Day 1b field will have to be double in size.

Players who were eliminated on Day 1a may reenter today for an additional $15,400, but players joining the tournament for the first time today may only fire one single bullet.

Since Season IV, this event has always been won by a professional player, and the final table has always been stacked. In Season XI, Chino Rheem defeated Erick Lindgren heads-up to earn $1,150,279 and the title. Here's a look at all of the players who have ever won this event:

WPT World Champions

IAlan Goehring$1,011,866
IIMartin De Knijff$2,728,356
IIITuan Le$2,856,150
IVJoe Bartholdi$3,760,165
VCarlos Mortensen$3,970,415
VIDavid Chiu$3,389,140
VIIYevgeniy Timoshenko$2,149,960
VIIIDavid Williams$1,530,537
IXScott Seiver$1,618,344
XMarvin Rettenmaier$1,196,858
XIChino Rheem$1,150,279

The cards will be in the air at 11 a.m. EST, and PokerNews will be bringing you live updates straight from the tournament floor. See you then!

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