When it comes to the WPT this summer, it’s simply Bin Weng’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
Late into Day 2 of the $10.5K EveryOne for One Drop, which has an incredible top prize of $2,561,480, Bin Weng is currently dominating the rest of the field.
Weng has 3,360,000 chips (168bbs), which is over 50% more than anyone else in the field. Kenny Hallaert (2,100,000) is his closest competitor.
With 78 players left, the WPT Player of the Year points leader can already envision making his 3rd major WPT final table since heading to Las Vegas to engage in some very rare activities before playing the World Series of Poker.
What were those activities you ask? Well, on May 25th and May 26th, Weng played on back-to-back WPT Main final tables. How? Well, the World Poker Tour hosted three WPT Main Event six-man final tables from all over the country in Las Vegas.
Weng, incredibly, arrived in Vegas as the chip leader of both the WPT Choctaw Main Event and the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Weng would come out victorious in the 2,290-player SHR event, winning a career-high $1,128,250 to get his name on the Mike Sexton trophy. Unfortunately, for Weng, he couldn’t duplicate the feat the next day, finishing 4th for $143,000 as Jared Jaffee claimed victory.
Weng making big moves on Day 2
Credit: World Poker Tour
Weng came into today after bagging a solid 130,000 chips (52bbs) on Day 1c, having to play an opening table with notables such as Aaron Mermelstein, Kully Sidhu, and Brazilian pro Tauan De Oliveira Naves. After getting through the difficult lineup, Weng was able to storm to the million-chip mark in Level 17 (5K/10K/10K), scoring a big pot by rivering a gutshot straight with K5s from middle position against the big blind.
However, his massive move would come in Level 18 (6K/12K/12K), when he scored an impressive double-elimination, which included the dismissal of “Cowboy” Dan Smith.
Weng opened from UTG for 25,000 and was called by Dan Smith in the small blind and an unknown big blind. The flop came Qd9c8c and action checked around. However, the 4c was the coldest card in the deck as the big blind came out firing for 62,000. Weng called, and Smith check-raised all in for about 375,000. The big blind called for slightly less and Weng snap-called with the nuts.
Big Blind – 4h4d
Dan Smith – 9h9d
Bin Weng – Ac6c
Weng would avoid a costly river as the Ks came out, eliminating both the big blind and Dan Smith to move up to 3 million in chips.
Weng would score another knockout at the beginning of Level 19, sending Duff Charette to the rail to take his stack to 3.36 million.
With 78 players left, Weng and the rest of the field have locked up $31,550. However, after his incredible summer, which includes a 12th-place finish in the $25,000 6-Max High Roller, Weng will have his eyes on the $2,561,480 top prize and another inscription on the Mike Sexton trophy.