Will you be crowned the World Series of Poker Champion for the first time in Tampa this week?

On the third day of the World Series of Poker, whose entry price is 3,500 dollars Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Main EventThe odds are growing that a new player will join the exclusive WPT Champions Club.

After the first break of the day, after 2:00 p.m. in Tampa, 70 players out of the 1,165 participants remained. One of those lucky and skilled individuals will get $615,530, and there is a very good chance that he will be the WPT Champion for the first time. That’s because only three previous winners are still standing – Daniel WeinmanAnd the Aaron MermelsteinAnd the James Calderaro.

A large number of interesting storylines to follow

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Mukul Bahuja

At the time of publication, Mermelstein and Weinman had above-average stacks, while Calderaro had short stacks. There is still a shot of a former WPT champion who will end up winning this massive field event, but even if one of the three poker pros can’t clear it, there are still a number of storylines to follow over the last couple of days. game.

First, Season 12 (2013-2014) Player of the Year, Mukul Bahuja, has a chance to end the reputation of “the best player on the World Series of Poker who has never won a title”. During the POY season nine years ago, Pahuja had two places, two runners-up and three games on the final table. He also earned a 8th place finish and minimum cash amount in a 5th event. It was without a doubt the best WPT season ever from a player who never won a title.

Pahuja has participated in four matches at the final table, along with a number of other deep spins, during his impressive career on the World Poker Tour. With a seventh or better finish this week at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, he’s made the $2 million WPT tag for life.

Brad Owenthe most famous poker vlogger of all time, is Still grinding away In the middle of the third day. He’s chasing his first ever major poker tournament title and the poker community would surely be happy if he were to win, as is the WPT since he’s a member of the tours Latest Ambassadors.

United nations (Harwood), one of the best poker players in history, is another player to keep an eye on the expansion of WPT Tampa. She’s chasing her first WPT title and will break the $4 million mark in live poker tournaments if she does, according to Hendon Mob. Hui has had five major WPT boxes for the WPT Tour in Florida since 2018, all at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. The talented poker professional also won a $600 Deepstack event for $85,355 at the same South Florida casino in 2021.

There are also a few inexperienced Tournament players left who could have a “money-making moment” this week. It includes David Gaskinwho had only one cashout previously recorded live for the course for $5,024, which happened last year at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Corey Wadewho took the chip lead after day two, is having a career year thanks to taking second place for $179,010 in the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo event at 2022 World Series of Poker. He came close to achieving his first-ever major title last summer, but he has another chance this week.

By the end of the day, around 9 p.m. ET, the tournament will likely be down to around 20 players. On Tuesday, those individuals will return to play to ease into the final table of six, scheduled for Wednesday noon.

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