The 2022 WPT Poker Showdown Championship continued the trend of huge fields for our Championship events. The tournament drew 2,010 entries for the second biggest WPT field in the tour’s history, second only to our 2021 Poker Showdown turnout, and they more than doubled the $3,000,000 guarantee into a prize pool worth $6.4 million.
They played down to the final table and six players are in Las Vegas to determine our Poker Showdown Champion. They are playing for more than $3,000,000 with $1,000,300 awaiting the champion.
Four-time WPT champ Darren Elias is the headliner coming back and holds a big chip lead while Viet Vo is made this final table a year ago.
It will be a great final table and we will post some results this evening as they play along.
From Birmingham AL, Davis has more than $700,000 in career earnings and this is his first Hollywood cash. This is the second big score of the year for Davis after picking up $334,678 for winning the WSOP Circuit Main Event in North Carolina.
From Houston TX, Vo has more than $3.5 million in career earnings with $1 million of it coming in 2021. He made some history with this final table; he finished third at last year’s Showdown Championship final table and back again for this year’s. Vo also booked a second-place finish last summer at the WPT stop in Choctaw.
From Boca Raton, Laufer is one of two locals to make the big WPT final table. His top score before the WPT Showdown Championship came last November when he won the RRPO opening event, the biggest tournament field in Florida state history.
From Ocean Springs MS and $300,000 in career earnings, Barfield is already guaranteed the biggest cash of his career. He earned another $110,000 in 2019 for winning the Gulf Coast Poker Main Event in Biloxi.
Miami, FL via Brazil, Exterkotter is also guaranteed the biggest cash of his career no matter where he finishes. The Brazilian went deep in the 2016 WSOP Main Event finishing 75th of 6,737 and he finished ninth in the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.
Medford NJ, Elias is the most decorated player in WPT history with four titles and the chip leader looking for number five. He will top $10 million in career earnings at this final table and solidify himself as one of the top players in the world.