WPT’s ambitious US$40 million WPT World Championship guarantee set to stay despite overlay; survivors prepare for Day 2

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If there was one takeaway from Day 1D of the 2023 WPT World Championship, it’s that the World Poker Tour’s ambitious $40 million guarantee looks here to stay.

Friday’s field of 1,523 entries created the biggest single-day prize pool in WPT history at US$14,925,400, while the US$40 million overall prize pool is also the largest the Tour has ever offered.

And while the final figure of 3,835 entries across the four Day 1 flights left the WPT 246 players short of covering the guaranteed – creating a US$2.4 million overlay – CEO Adam Pliska told media shortly afterwards that the company’s lofty ambitions for this event will not waver.

“We were creating a stretch goal, substantially higher definitely than the guarantee last year, and substantially higher than the prize pool for last year,” Pliska said.

“We wanted that because we realized that was the best avenue to provide value to the players. Now our ultimate goal is to create absolutely the best tournament we can.

“We are growing this franchise and we want to make this is something that lasts for many, many years. The US$40 million guarantee is our way of making a truly stretch goal and to say we are committed. We’re not going anywhere, we’re building this up. We’re going to continue to make positive changes.”

Today will see 1,375 players return for Day 2, with Kyle Ho (1,211,000), Chance Kornuth (1,130,000) and 2019 WSOP Main Event winner Hossain Ensan (1,100,000) the chip leaders.

There plenty of Aussies in the mix too, led by Martin Kozlov (575,000) And WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin (556,000). Also returning today are Najeem Ajez 453,000, Joe Hachem (430,000), Rehman Kassam (413,000), Malcolm Trayner (222,000) and Adrian Pacheco (182,000).

There are plenty of big international names in the field, some of the notables being David Pham (612,000), Gus Hansen (558,000), Upeshka De Silva (539,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (530,000), Maria Konnikova (458,000), Tony Dunst (453,000), David Williams (429,000), Matt Affleck (414,000), Chris Moorman (383,000), Cary Katz (379,000), Brad Owen (360,000), Bryn Kenney (342,000), Scott Seiver (338,000), Ben Lamb (321,000), Bill Klein (313,000), Steve Zolotow (297,000), Jeremy Ausmus (279,000), Erik Seidel (272,000), Jared Jaffee (266,000), Mark Newhouse (259,000), Alex Foxen (254,000), Kristen Foxen (240,000), Brandon Cantu (231,000), Joe Cada (224,000), Nick Petrangelo (200,000), John Juanda (182,000), Benny Glaser (170,000), Jay Farber (163,000), Mike Matusow (149,000) and Brian Rast (100,000) and Cliff Josephy (99,000).

In total, 480 players will make the money with the top six all earning more than US$1 million and a top prize of US$5.7 million awaiting the eventual champion.

The payouts are as follows:

PlacePrize
1$5,678,000
2$3,772,200 
3$2,798,700 
4$2,095,300 
5$1,583,100 
6$1,207,000 
7$928,900 
8$721,600 
9-10$566,900 
11-12$456,500 
13-14$363,300 
15-16$291,700 
17-20$236,300 
21-24$193,100 
25-32$159,200 
33-40$132,500 
41-48$111,300 
49-56$94,400 
57-64$80,700 
65-72$69,700 
73-80$60,800 
81-88$53,500 
89-104$47,100 
105-120$41,900 
121-136$37,600 
137-152$34,100 
153-168$31,300 
169-184$28,900 
185-208$27,000 
209-232$25,500 
233-264$24,400 
265-269$23,200 
297-328$22,200 
329-360$21,200 
361-408$20,200 
409-444$19,300 
445-480$18,700 

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