Aussie Adam Thaggard takes overall chip lead into WPT Prime Championship Day 2, Najeem Ajez in the mix

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Queensland’s Adam Thaggard takes the overall chip lead into Day 2 of the WPT Prime Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, with all eyes on the massive US$1,386,280 (AU$2.11 million) prize awaiting the eventual champion.

Fresh from his dominant win in the WPT Australia Mystery Bounty event at The Star Gold Coast in September, Thaggard is well placed to add a much bigger notch to his belt, stacking 1,706,000 in chips following his Day 1A flight – well clear of the next best stack held by David Goodman with 1,309,000.

Also well placed is Najeem Ajez with 876,000 from yesterday’s Day 1D flight. An accomplished high-stakes cash pro, Ajez has also crushed the tournament scene in recent years with final table finishes in the 2022 WPT Prime Gold Coast and the 2022 WPT Australia main events.

Other Aussies in the mix include Adrian Pacheco, Rehman Kassam and Ehsan Amiri.

Organizers announced last night that this year’s WPT Prime Championship has already smashed last year’s field of 5,430 starters, almost doubling it in-fact with a final field of 10,512. That means a massive US$10,196,640 prize pool.

The six players who reach the final table will be guaranteed a minimum US$290,000 payout.

A total of 1,309 players return for Day 2.

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