The Bubble Goes Pop At The WPT Championship
April 23, 2022

Day 4 of the World Poker Tour $25,000 World Championship was money day, as the final 62 players fought there way past the 50 player money bubble and well into that $8 million plus WPT prize pool.

Despite numerous short stack double ups in the beginning of the day, the bubble eventually popped fairly quickly and unexpectedly, thanks to two simultaneous bust outs for 51st and 52nd place.  Those two unfortunate "bubble boy" spots were taken by Ron Levi and John Martin, leaving the final 50 players with a guaranteed profit of at least $7,000.

Given the world class, high stakes talent, still assembled in the Fontana Lounge at that point, $7,000 probably did not seem like a lot of money to most of the players still fighting for survival, and it would be safe to say that few of those final 50 would be content and happy ending their runs by just squeaking into the cash. 

Happy or not though, 26 more players would be sent to the rail before the end of the day including such pros as Matt Glantz ($32,685), David Benyamine ($32,685), Freddy Bonyadi ($32,685), David Singer ($32,685), Liv Boeree ($40,855), Mark Seif ($40,855), Will "The Thrill" Failla ($40,855), Steve Sung ($40,855), Phil Ivey ($40,855), Barney Boatman ($40,855), Chris Bell ($40,855), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson ($49,025) and Nenad Medic ($49,025).

With so many well known names knocked out, it may be hard to imagine what possible star power could still be left in the field but luckily as this is the WPT Championship, that's not a problem.  Notable players who survived Day 4 include Jennifer Harman, Ross Boatman, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Scotty Nguyen, Freddy Deeb and PokerRoad's Jeff Madsen, still fighting and currently right in the middle of the remaining 24 player pack.

For more detailed information on what happened during the fourth day of play at the $25,000 WPT Championship, as well as fresh updates, chip counts and Amanda Leatherman videos on all the action during today's Day 5, visit

Story by Mark Anderson

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