Bin Weng has got to be lamenting that the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship is one of the WPT tournaments whose final table will be held in Las Vegas because he is crushing it. With 46.050 million chips, Weng has more than the next two players combined; the first prize of $1,128,250 is in plain view.
Weng began Day 4 fourth in chips of the 16 remaining players with 10.575 million. An hour in, he was up to 16.700 million, but didn’t make much more headway over the next three hours.
But then it was 24 million, then 26 million, and then in the last few hands of the final table bubble, he dominated, rocketing his stack up to where it is now. He was the one who solidified the final table, eliminating Isaac Kempton in seventh place.
It was pretty brutal for Kempton, too. Weng raised to 625,000 pre-flop and Kempton called to see the flop of A-Q-2 (suits are irrelevant for this one). Kempton check-called a 425,000 bet by Weng. Kempton checked again when a 9 fell on the turn, prompting a 1.050 million-chip bet from Weng. This time, though, Kempton went over the top all-in for 4.675 million, a bet which Went promptly called.
Kempton had Q-9 – he had turned two pair and was in fantastic shape against Weng’s A-T with just one card to come. But that one card was a Ten, giving Weng a better two pair and sending Kempton to the rail with a $183,000 consolation prize.
Weng has had an interesting 2023 so far. Almost all of his live tournament cashes have been just three-and-four figures, but the two that are not are doozies. In January, won “The Return” at the Borgata for $1 million and then in February, won a WSOP Circuit Main Event in Las Vegas for $227,344. Now he is guaranteed at least $238,000, but with that stack of his, it would be shocking if he was the first one out at the six-handed final table.
As mentioned, the final table will not be today. Instead, it will be held on the television stage at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor in Las Vegas. Weng will hope to bottle his momentum to keep it going in three weeks. He is the only one of the remaining six players who has made a World Poker Tour final table, finishing fifth at the 2020 Borgata Winter Poker Open.
2023 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown – Final Table Chip Counts
- Bin Weng – 46,050,000
- Sridhar Sangannagari – 19,100,000
- Mitch Garshofsky – 18,550,000
- David Mazareulov – 13,350,000
- Naing Thu – 13,250,000
- Rafael Farah Jarufe – 4,275,000