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Aido Bags Big in Day 1 WPT World Championship

WPT Champion Sergio Aido - winner of the August 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Open - highlights the field of WPT Global qualifiers advancing from Day 1 of the $40 Million Guarantee WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.

Aido, from Spain, bags a 263,000 stack after 10 hour-long levels of play in the first of four WPT World Championship starting flights.

Canada's Josh Hopkins - 454,000 - bags the largest stack among the 17 players who entered Day 1A via WPT Global and advance on to Monday's Day 2.

Following closely behind Hopkins is Johannes Straver from the Netherlands, bagging a 418,000 stack.

Players open with 100,000 stacks in this $10,400 buy-in tournament, playing 10 hour-long levels on opening day.

There's four different starting flights, the two largest expected to be Thursday and Friday.

Here's a look at the 17 Day 2 qualifiers from opening day who earned their way to the tournament via WPT Global.



Josh Hopkins


Johannes Straver


John Andress


Edward Patrick Harvey


Matt Moore


Finn Ove Penderak


Sergio Aido


Zhi Gang Yang


Alexandre Rochette


Eric Kindred


Michael Holtz


Timothy Ulmer


Erikas Laugzemys


Tom Kunze


Ryan Yu


Dietrich Fast


Sebastian Peter Gaehl



Players from around the world qualified via WPT Global for this WPT World Championship. Many of them came to Wynn Las Vegas the night before the tournament began to receive their gift bags - including a hoodies, t-shirt, backpack and water bottle, and enjoy an evening with the WPT and WPT Global teams.


Our team is at the Wynn Las Vegas through the entire WPT World Championship, watch for player interviews and more as the event continues to its final-table on Dec. 21.

Day 1 flights are scheduled for 10 hour-long levels, with levels moving to 90-minutes in length once Day 2 begins on Saturday.

The schedule is for five 90-minute levels of play on Saturday, with no dinner break, ending at 8:30 pm, and likely not in the money at this stage.

The money bubble likely pops Sunday, with six 90-minute levels scheduled and a dinner break added.

Monday's Day 4 follows the same time setup as Sunday, with Tuesday's Day 5 goes back to five 90-minute levels and Wednesday's Day 6 playing down until the final table is established.

Livestream coverage of the tournament final table is set to begin Thursday, Dec. 21 at 4:30pm.