If you’re going to be in Las Vegas on May 25 and don’t have plans, you may want to check out the $25,000 buy-in WPT Bellagio High Roller final table, which features six of the best high stakes players in the world competing for a $432,000 first place prize. Play will resume after an extended break with Tom Marchese holding the chip lead.
The tournament is on hold for a few weeks until the World Poker Tour makes its way to Sin City for a big week of high stakes poker action just days prior to the start of the World Series of Poker.
Beginning on May 20, the $10,000 buy-in WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, the final regular season Main Tour event of the year, kicks off at the Aria. After that concludes, on May 24, in the same venue, the WPT Tournament of Champions, which is an invite-only tournament for current-season and past WPT winners, begins.
On the following day, players from the Bellagio High Roller will return to Las Vegas and head over to the new Esports Arena inside the Luxor, a Strip hotel about a mile south of Bellagio, for one final day of play in front of a live audience.
The Esports Arena is a 30,000-square foot, multi-level arena that was designed to host various forms of competitive gaming, including esports tournaments and, of course, live poker.
Who Made the Final Table?
The Bellagio High Roller had a total of 44 entries with Byron Kavernman serving as the bubble boy, busting in 9th place. Ankush Mandavia was next to go ($54,000), and then former WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno exited in 7th place ($67,500), setting the stage for the May 25 final table.
WPT Bellagio High Roller Final Table
1 Tom Marchese (2,359,000)
2 David Peters (1,575,000)
3 Aaron Ogus (857,000)
4 Sam Soverel (391,000)
5 Rainer Kempe (175,000)
6 Jake Schindler (43,000)
Just Another Day at the Office
The final table is stacked with big winners who play for six-figure paydays on a regular basis. Marchese, Peters, Kempe, and Schindler have all won at least $15 million lifetime in live tournaments, with Peters, the 2016 GPI Player of the Year, leading the way with $20.8 million. Marchese, the chip leader, isn’t far behind with $17 million.
Kempe (5th) and Peters (6th) are currently ranked in the Top 10 on the Global Poker Index world rankings leaderboard.
Surprisingly, none of these players have won a WPT Main Event, and only two, Peters and Soverel, have a WSOP bracelet.