Najeem Ajez leads the 132 remaining players heading into Day 4 of the WPT World Championship 

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Australian high stakes crusher Najeem Ajez will take the overall chip lead into Day 4 of the WPT World Championship after a dominant display at Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday (local time).

Ajez, who recently won the $10k Challenge at the APT National Poker Championships in Sydney for $250,000, built a big stack early on Day 3 before a huge pre-flop clash with France’s Maxime Chilaud rocketed him to the top of the leaderboard at the end of play.

In a blind versus blind battle, Ajez 4-bet shoved holding AK and was called by Chilaud holding QQ. The board ran out J83KJ to send the Aussie to 11,435,000 and one of only three players sitting above 10 million heading into Day 4.

Ajez is one of two remaining Australians, the other being Alan Zheng who has more work to do if he wants a crack at the US$5.7 million first prize, returning with a stack of 1,070,000.

Not so lucky on Day 3 were Joe Hachem, Lynn Gilmartin, Martin Kozlov and Karsten Kobbing who all busted after making the money.

There are 132 players remaining from a starting field of 3,835 and plenty of familiar faces still in the mix, including Alex Foxen (2,115,000) and Kristen Foxen (7,260,000), Chris Moorman (7,120,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (2,030,000), Minh “The Master” Nguyen (1,105,000), Igor Kurganov (1,800,000), Brad Owen (730,000), Joe Cada (715,000) and more.

Play resumes at midday local time.

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