The final table for the Southern Comfort 100 Proof World Series of Poker (WSOP) National Championship at Harrah’s New Orleans has been set.
Brock Parker will have the chip lead when the final table begins, with a stack of 825,000 chips to his name. Jeremy Ausmus is hot on his heels, however, with just 26,000 fewer chips than Parker. Also on the final table is WSOP Gold Bracelet winner Max Steinberg, who with 738,000 chips, is in a good position to capture his second bracelet when the final table resumes.
Parker stands to win his third WSOP Gold Bracelet if he continues his lead and wins this event, a feat that would be impressive considering that he’s just 27. Parker earned his Gold Bracelets by winning the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Short Handed event and the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Short Handed event in the 2009 WSOP. While he has not been able to replicate that success in recent years, 2013 may be his year if he can replicate his performance in this tournament so far.
The first American WSOP event in 2013 attracted a number of big names, many of whom did not make it to the final table. Fellow two-time WSOP Gold Bracelet winner Jason Mercier was one of them, being eliminated on the second day of play just short of the money. 2013 California State Poker Championship winner Brett Hanks was also in attendance, but he was not able to repeat the success he had in California just over one week ago.
Texan poker player Austin Apicella was the bubble of the event after he was eliminated by Ausmus in ninth place. Ausmus, who had Pocket Jacks, called an all in from Apicella, who had King Jack. The Pocket Jacks held after the board was shown and Apicella was knocked out from the tournament and received $30,785 for his efforts at the event.
With a chip stack of 117,000, Joe Tehan will have the shortest stack going into the final table. Despite this, it is unfair to rule him out of winning the event at this stage of the game given his experience at the highest echelons of poker. Tehan took out the North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Main Event in 2010 and has played multiple WSOP tourneys since 2006, making him a dangerous player regardless of stack size.
The prize pool has been set for the Southern Comfort WSOP National Championship, with $355,599 going to the eventual first place getter: Another reason why this final table is set to be a stellar one.