Championship: Ted McNamara Takes the Table Lead on a Chip-Heavy Table

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  240 of 1,541

Edward McNamara
Ted McNamara

At Table 55, there were five players with about 750,000 in chips, which probably makes it the table with the most chips in the room.

Paul Snead was just moved to the table with a fairly large stack of 600,000, but he is sixth in chips at this table.

55-1  Ray Qartomy  –  795,000  (133 bb)
55-2  Josh Kay  –  700,000  (117 bb)
55-3  Marcello Del Grosso  –  750,000  (125 bb)
55-5  Ted McNamara  –  785,000  (131 bb)
55-6  Paul Snead  –  600,000  (100 bb)
55-8  Igor Tretyakov  –  750,000  (125 bb)

Another player with a roughly average stack said, “This is the first time my average chip stack felt so inadequate.” The table looks like it’ll be coming up soon in the breaking order.

Shortly after that comment, Ted McNamara raised from the button to 14,000, and that player with the average stack reraised from the big blind to 56,000. McNamara called.

The flop came 7h5h5d, the big blind bet 37,000, and McNamara called.

The turn card was the 2d, the big blind checked, McNamara bet 80,000, and the big blind folded, flashing AcKx for ace high.

McNamara showed KcQd for a king-high bluff as he took the pot.

“I got got,” said the big blind.

Ted McNamara  –  890,000  (148 bb)

With about 240 players remaining from a field of 1,541, the average chip stack is around 321,000 (54 big blinds). The final 193 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $5,600 each.

There will be a 90-minute dinner break after Level 16 (around 6:30-6:45 pm, depending on the Money Bubble), and action will continue tonight until the end of Level 20, around 11:30 pm.