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Khan, Rettenmaier On Point at WPT Championship
Day 4 at the WPT World Championship at Bellagio has come to an end with Hafiz Khan and Marvin Rettenmaier leading the final pack of 19.
Khan, a California native with $2.3 million in career earnings but no major title to his credit, is the outright leader heading into Day 5 with 1.96 million in chips.
Rettenmaier, the popular German and newly minted Party Poker pro, sits just behind him at 1.87 million entering tomorrow.
It’s far from a two-man show however as veteran pros Nick Schulman (1.32 million), Michael Mizrachi (1.17 million), Steve O’Dwyer (1.08 million) and Matt Juteelstad (935,000) are all still in contention.
Mizrachi earned his spot with a double elimination of Jonathan Little and Antonio Esfandiari late in the day, sucking out with QJ on Little's AK and Esfandiari's KJ when a queen hit the turn.
Pros Barry Shulman (353,000), Joe Serock (244,000) and Josh Arieh (127,000) are also still alive but well below the average stack.
Arieh in particular will have a lot of work to do just to survive the money bubble at 18 tomorrow as he sits with just just seven big blinds.
Phillipe Ktorza is even worse off than Arieh with just 5 BBs left, but despite being given the option to continue playing until the bubble broke, one player said he had plans so they called it a night one player shy.
Serock, meanwhile, needs to finish higher than 15th place to snag the WPT Season X Player of the Year award away from Will "The Thrill" Failla.
Players will return to the Bellagio at noon tomorrow for the restart with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 2,000 ante.
18 Get Paid, $1.2 Million Up Top for the Winner
With a final tally of 152 players, 18 players will get paid at this year’s Championship with a min cash starting at $40,266.
Everyone in the final six is assured of at least $155, 571. The winner will take home an impressive $1,196,858 while the runner-up will score $805,310.
Among the big-name pros to fall just short of a payday despite four full days of play were Jonathan Little (20th), Antonio Esfandiari (21st), Noah Schwartz (22nd), Sam Trickett (25th), David Steicke (27th), JP Kelly (36th), David “Doc” Sands (37th) and Matthew Waxman (40th).
Follow the action live starting at noon tomorrow via the WPT Live Updates page.
The Top 10 and chip counts heading into Day 5:
1. Hafiz Khan 1,966,000
2. Marvin Rettenmaier 1,870,000
3. Nick Schulman 1,315,000
4. Trevor Pope 1,300,000
5. Wil Wilkinson 1,197,000
6. Moon Kim 1,194,000
7. Michael Mizrachi 1,168,000
8. John Esposito 1,080,000
9. Steve O'Dwyer 1,079,000
10. Matt Juttelstad 935,000