When registration came to a close at the end of level eight today at the World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio, the final size of the field was just 195 players. This was the lowest turnout for the championship event of the WPT season since 111 players competed in this event during season I. Last year the field size was 338 players. The total prize pool generated by this year’s event was $4,728,750. The top 18 will finish in the money and the eventual champion will win $1,530,537. Here is a look at the full payout structure for the event:1st: $1,530,537 2nd: $1,034,715 3rd: $587,906 4th: $329,228 5th: $246,921 6th: $199,888 7th: $152,856 8th: $105,823 9th: $75,252 10th-12th: $56,439 13th-15th: $51,736 16th-18th: $47,033The field may be a small one in terms of quantity, but it once again was filled with a thick collection of poker professionals. Players that took advantage of the late registration today included Daniel Alaei , Tom Dwan , Andy Bloch , Howard Lederer , Chris Ferguson , Brandon Cantu, and Phil Hellmuth . The tardy strategy didn’t work for some of these players (Alaei, Dwan, Bloch, and Ferguson were eliminated today) but Cantu and Hellmuth survived. Cantu did quite well in his efforts to catch up to the rest of the field and he ended the night with 489,000. Only four players were ahead of him with at least half a million when play ended, including the chip leader Faraz Jaka (pictured above left) with 597,100. Here is a look at the top of the leader board for day 2:Faraz Jaka — 597,100 Shawn Buchnan — 596,600 Justin Bonomo — 503,600 Peter Gould — 502,900 Brandon Cantu — 489,000 Todd Terry — 475,600 Soheil Shamseddin — 472,000 Cody Slaubaugh — 416,300 John Oshea — 398,300 David Wiliams — 363,300Jaka had a very active day and he eliminated multiple opponents, including Ian Woodley, Kevin Schaffel, and Joe Beevers. He grew his stack close to 600,000 when he eliminated Dwan near the end of play tonight. Jaka raised from middle position and Dwan made the call from the small blind. Shawn Buchanan made the call from the big blind and the flop was dealt K Q -7. Dwan bet, Buchanan mucked, and Jaka made the call. The turn was dealt 7 and Dwan checked. Jaka bet and Dwan moved all in. Jaka made the call and he flipped over A 9 for a flush. Dwan turned over 7 6 and he was eliminated from the tournament after the river bricked.The remaining 98 players will return at noon PDT tomorrow and you can follow along with all the action in Card Player’s full live coverage from the event. Players will begin play at 1,200-2,400 blinds with a 300 ante. The average chip stack is currently 198,979. Join us tomorrow for five more levels of poker between some of the best players in the world.
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