As action resumes on Sunday in Day 5 of the World Poker Tour World Championship, Corey Paggeot will battle with 36 other players remaining in the field.
The Michigan native, who now lives in Las Vegas, not only brings a wealth of experience but also plenty of skills developed at the online poker tables as well. Paggeot returns with 6.5 million chips on the penultimate day and hopes his dream run continues.
“It feels great,” he told USPoker on Day 4. “If there’s one that you want to run hot in, it’s this one. But I try not to really get too attached to any one result.”
However, Paggeot knows the importance of the World Championship. He continues working toward an even bigger finish that could be the highlight of his poker career.
Surging through the field at the WPT World Championship
As the tournament winds its way to the final table, Paggeot is hoping to be among those final six. On Day 3, Paggeot had an exceptional day against some tough competition.
“I had a really killer table yesterday for a while with Jeremy Ausmus, Pesh De Silva, and Justin Young on my left. And I kind of ran hot to stay above ground there and came out of there alive. So being able to get in there and hold my own a little bit feels pretty good.”
The winner of the event takes home $4.1 million and the top six players all earn at least $1 million as well. Paggeot is pleased with how the tournament and festival turned out, and already planning for next year.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t wait for the next one. It’s a beautiful venue, (the tournament area) looks great. It’s well-run.
“It’s a huge one. I think that the WP T is right there with, if not above, the WSOP in terms of prestige. And $4.1 million, you don’t get that very often. It’s life changing, that’s for sure.”
At the online poker tables
When not running deep in major live series like at the Wynn, Paggeot is often playing online. He mixes playing in some of the major online series with hitting big live tournaments and occasional cash games as well.
“I don’t really have a set routine, per se, but just kind of play what there is to play,” he says.
In a career dating to 2014, Paggeot has $176,891 in live tournament winnings. But much of his play comes on the online realm. He has four World Series of Poker Circuit rings, three of which were won playing online.
Paggeot also came close to a bracelet in June. He finished runner-up in a $400 WSOP Online No Limit Hold’em Ultra Deepstack event for $17,314. Paggeot still gets back to Michigan often and also plays online in that market as well.
Top 3 in Chips:
1. Benny Glaser – 28,800,000
2. Krasimir Yankov – 26,100,000
3. Alexander Farahi – 15,450,000
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) December 18, 2022
Looking ahead to Day 5
As the tournament resumes on Sunday, plenty of sharks remain in the field and Paggeot will face some tough competition. The United Kingdom’s Benny Glaser is back again as chip leader with 28.8 million after also carrying that title into Day 4.
Igor Kurganov is among the chip leaders and poker vlogger Brad Owen is also still in the mix. Champions Club members Soheb Porbandarwala also continues to roll.
Another big name also stands out. Daniel Negreanu has a nice chip stack and feels he’s playing some great poker as well. Paggeot has just one goal as events continue to unfold at the Wynn.
“We’re just going to try to hang on to these chips and put as many of them in a bag as we can,” he said. “That’s it. It’s that easy. It’s obviously easier said than done, but with 90-minute levels, a nice slow structure with a lot to play, we’re going to be careful with our decisions.”
The action resumes at noon and Paggeot will work to keep himself in the tournament and hopefully be among those in front of the TV cameras on Tuesday.