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The long arm of the law

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

Fans of poker will recognize the World Series of Poker's World Championship as the Super Bowl for card sharks. With nearly 6,500 entrants, each paying $10,000 to get a seat, the total prize money for the main event approaches $64 million. So it's with great surprise that at last check, UK student Billy Kopp leads all players with 21,200,000 chips.

Fans of poker will recognize the World Series of Poker's World Championship in Las Vegas as the Super Bowl for card sharks.  With nearly 6,500 entrants, each paying $10,000 to get a seat, the total prize money for the main event approaches $64 million.

So it's with great surprise that at last check, UK student Billy Kopp leads all players with 21,200,000 chips.  For Wednesday alone, Kopp is up 2,100,000 chips.

Move over John Wall.  There's a new sherrif in town.

That doesn't mean Kopp, nicknamed "Patrolman,"  has $21 million sitting in front of him.  First place in the WSOP pays $ 8,546,435.  But it does mean Kopp is the man to beat with just hours remaining in the world's premier event.

Kopp, who is from Erlanger and sports a UK baseball cap when he plays, has entered three events on the WSOP Circuit.  Earlier this year, he finished second in the $5,150 buy-in tournament at Harrah's New Orleans casino.  Kopp finished second, pocketing $127,832.

Kopp has positioned himself for a huge payday this week.  Currently, there are fewer than 25 players left in the tournament.  At worst, Kopp would earn at least $350,000.  A seat at the final table of this No-Limit Texas Hold Em' gathering means Kopp would pack more than a million bucks back to the Bluegrass.

If you want to keep up with Kopp, click www.worldseriesofpoker.com/

Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.

 

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