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.
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