Joe Hachem among Aussies in the money after stunning fold late on Day 2 of WPT World Championship

Australia’s 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem is one of four Australians in the money and progressing to Sunday’s Day 3 of the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas courtesy of a stunning fold close to the money bubble.

Having built his start-of-day stack of 430,000 to almost a million early on while seated at the outer tables, Hachem was moved to the feature table late in the day and immediately ran into trouble when picking up Queens but running into an opponent’s Aces.

Hachem managed to get away from that one relatively cheaply after his opponent check-called flop and turn before open-shoving on the A river, but not long after he looked to be on his way to the exit door in an ever more precarious spot.

After table big stack Ben Bianco with 1,700,000 opened to 40,000 UTG, Hachem, with 505,000 behind, looked down at KK and 3-bet to 120,000. Action folded back around to Bianco who announced he was all-in. Incredibly, after tanking for a good three minutes, Hachem mucked his hand face-up – much to Bianco’s surprise as he showed his AA.

That was enough to see Hachem through into the money, albeit with a smallish stack of 345,000), one of four Aussies now guaranteed a minimum US$18,700 (AU$27,900) payday.

Joe Hachem

Other Aussies in the mix are WPT Australia runner-up Martin Kozlov (1,800,000), Najeem Ajez (1,530,000) and WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin (215,000).

Sitting top of the overall chip counts is Alessandro Siena with 3,035,000, while there are a litany of big names still in the field. They include Michael Gathy (2,400,000), Igor Kurganov (2,340,000), Chance Kornuth (2,260,000), 2019 WSOP Main Event champ Hossain Ensan (2,200,000), Chris Moorman (1,525,000), Huck Seed (1,485,000), Alex Foxen (1,345,000), Joe Cada (1,160,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (1,000,000), defending champion Eliot Hudon (855,000), Mustapha Kanit (825,000), Nick Petrangelo (800,000), Brad Owen (310,000) and many more.

Play on Day 2 of the WPT World Championship gets underway from midday local time.

WPT World Championship payouts:

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 
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