Event 67: $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em $3,000,000 Guarantee
Total Entrants: 993
Players Remaining: 230
The $3,500 buy-in and large guarantee for Event 67 have many calling it the “Summer WPT” given how similar the tournament is in size and structure. With plenty of results achieved on that tour, there are a few players who are well-suited to make it deep this week.
Before the WPT went in the direction of the year-ending Tournament of Champions, Keven Stammen won one of the last WPT Championships in 2014 at the Borgata for $1,350,000. That win is one of many for the “Stammdog” who also owns a WSOP bracelet. Stammen bought in at the start of Day 2 and working toward his first career DSE III win, exceeding his second place finish in the $1,100 event in 2015.
One of the most well-rounded players in the world, some of Chris Klodnicki’s largest tournament scores have come on the World Poker Tour. His best result came in 2015 when he reached the podium in the LA Poker Classic. At the end of 2016, Klodnicki bubbled the final table of the Five Diamond Poker Classic in Las Vegas, placing seventh. Klodnicki has one WSOP final table already this summer and is looking for some hardware to go along with his $9,000,000 in tournament earnings.
One of poker’s most prolific tweeters, Matt Glantz is also one the most consistent in deep runs. Glantz cashed four times during the most recent season of the WPT and seems to always be in the hunt late on Day 2 and 3. Glantz’s experience in mix games have transitioned over to No Limit tournaments and he is attempting to make his first major (non-pool) splash of the summer.