WPT Emperors Palace Day 2: Du Plessis Holds On

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There was never any doubt that Day 2 of the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic would be a gruelling battle of wits with some top players playing it out. 27 players now remain with a shot at the second ever World Poker Tour title opportunity coming out of the WPT Emperors Palace event.

Yesterday we saw four 100k plus chip stacks to match Day 1a’s two six figure winners. All five players went into Day 2 as the top 5 chip leaders. It was Day 2a’s chip leader Eugene du Plessis that started the day out in front, and he continued to put on a solid performance to keep himself in the running finishing third in chips going into Day 3 in a commanding position.

Rob Fenner, who finished Day 1a second in chips also started in amongst the chip leaders in Day 2. He was third in chips when the cards got in the air with 112,050 in front of him. During the course of the day he managed to almost triple his stack. He won the WSOP $10k High Roller circuit event in Africa just last year, and now possess as a massive threat to the rest of the field.

Probably the most amazing story to come out of the day is the surge of Dominik Nitsche into the chip lead. He started the day with just 30,225 chips, a fair number below the tournament average of 42,187 at the start of the day. He’s gained over 443k in chips in just 9 blind levels and reports from today’s play say he is still up there grinding hard with the best of them.


Day 3’s Chip Count (Starting Today)

1st) Dominik Nitsche – 485,000

2nd) Matt Lawrence – 449,000

3rd) Eugene du Plessis – 398,000

4th) Aston Soon Shiong – 362,000

5th) Rob Fenner – 334,500

6th) Benjamin Cole – 330,000

Greg Ronaldson was the bubble boy for the tournament, happening on his birthday of all times to crash out just before the money spot. He just missed out on the guaranteed cash spot paying 25th to 27th places $4,661.

Top 9 Pay-Out Spots

1st) – $132,128

2nd) – $92,708

3rd) – $59,634

4th) – $44,136

5th) – $33,130

6th) – $26,504

7th) – $22,012

8th) – $17,632

9th) – $13,196

In the end, the winner will walk away with a trio of rewards. $132,128, plus on top of that a WPT Championship Trophy and a seat for next April at the WPT Championships, worth $15,400. This is more than just prestige and money, but the chance to get a shot at the WPT’s biggest title on the stage of poker.