The season-ended World Poker Tour World Championship has reached its Day 3 and among the 66 players who will return to the Bellagio at 12:00 local time is Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody.
Rochdale-born Cody ended Day 1 of the $25,500 buy-in event with a stack of 250,000 and he added to that over the course of the second day’s play to end with 453,500 chips, which was enough to place him fifth overall.
“I just seem to keep on getting big hands and being called, and then my bluffs always seem to get through, so it seems to be going very well so far,” Cody told the World Poker Tour’s Jeanine Deeb in an interview at the close of play.
Part of Cody’s large stack used to belong to Phil Ivey, but when Cody’s held against the of Ivey, the latter was sent to the rail while Cody was sent towards the top of the chip counts.
When play resumes, Cody will find himself on Table 16 and he should be quite pleased with how the seat draw has been for him considering how stacked the field is.
Leading the way at the start of Day 3 is Mike Kinster and his 744,000 stack. Linster won his seat when he took down the recent WPT Jacksonville Main Event and is now in the hunt for WPT title number two.
Also still in with a shot at the $1,150,297 first place prize are Dan Shak, Antonio Esfandiari, Steven Silverman, Faraz Jaka, Phil Hellmuth, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ben Lamb, Marvin Rettenmaier, David Sands, David Peters, Jason Mercier, Scotty Nguyen, Tom Marchese, Jonathan Aguiar and Noah Schwartz!
The tournament is scheduled to play five 90-minute levels on Day 3, which means reaching the money place – this tournament pays the top 15 finishers – is quite unlikely. However, the players know that if they progress to Day 4 they will have improved their chances of winning some prize money for their efforts and will be one step closer to that impressive winner’s prize.
WPT World Championship End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts