WPT game ends in unique 16-way chop
The tournament was an odd end to the WPT schedule
The WPT wrapped up its latest schedule this past Monday at Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland with a tournament that saw something a little different. The $360 NLHE Multi-Flight tournament drew 1,652 entries, just shy of what was needed to cover the $500,000 guarantee, and ended when the remaining 16 players decided to do something rarely seen before. They all agreed to chop the pot.
Chop talk actually started when there were 18 players remaining, which forced a call to tournament director Jason Heidenthal to figure out how to proceed. He figured there was nothing preventing them from making the deal and told the floor supervisor to let them at it. He explains, “It’s their tournament — that’s always our philosophy here at Live! It’s their money; they can do whatever they want with it.”
It appears that not all of the players were on board with the chop, because play resumed. However, after two more players hit the rail, the subject apparently surfaced again. This time, it was more serious and all 16 finalists agreed to the deal. For virtually all of them, it would end up being the biggest cash of their young poker careers.
In the end, each player pocketed $18,386 – not bad off a $360 buy-in. Heidenthal only remembers one other chop in his lifetime that was bigger, a 30-plus chop that took place during a promotional freeroll years ago. However, that pot was much lower and the split only amounted to somewhere in the four-figure range.