The final table of the WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Eight Handed event has been all set for tomorrow, and Trevor Pope will be the one with the chip lead when it begins.
Pope has an unbelievably massive lead going into the table, with a whopping 3,420,000 chips to his name. That is around of the overall chips that are in play, more than five times the stack of the second placed player and four times the size of the average chip stack.
Rafal Michalowski was the last player to be eliminated before the final table was set. He was eliminated by Pope in ninth place to officially end the tournament’s third day of play. Michalowski raised to 52,000 pre flop, which Pope reraised to 112,000 before Michalowski once again upped the stakes to 204,000. Pope would not be outdone, five-betting to 313,000 before Michalowski moved all in for 710,000, which was promptly called by Pope.
Michalowski had a solid starting hand with Pocket Queens, but he needed to get at least another Queen on the board if he was to beat Pope, who showed none other than Pocket Aces. The Queen did not come on the flop, which showed Tens of Spades, Seven of Hearts and Two of Spades. The Six of Diamonds on the turn did not help the New Yorker and trips on the river were his only hope of staying in the event.
This was not to be for Michalowski, however, as the Jack of Diamonds came on the river, ending his chances of a final table spot and knocking him out in ninth place. The elimination boosted Pope’s stack over the three million mark and put him in a very good position for the last day of play.
David Vamplew and Jared Hamby will go into the final table equal second on the chip ladder, with stacks of 629,000. Dan Kelly is not too far behind – he’ll go into the fourth and final day with 625,000 chips to his name. While they are in with a chance of taking out the event, it would be a major surprise if Pope was to lose such a huge chip lead at this stage of the game.
The first place in this event gets a nice $553,906, not to mention a WSOP Gold Bracelet. If Pope is able to keep up his stellar play in the final table and take out the top spot, it will be by far the biggest poker cash prize he will have won as well as his first Gold Bracelet.
Pope’s biggest cash win to date is $155,571, which he won in last year’s World Poker Tour $25,000 No Limit event for finishing in sixth place. He is no stranger to the WSOP, having entered a number of events in both the 2013 and 2012 WSOPs, with his highest placing being seventh in the 2010 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event.
The final table of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Eight Handed event is set to take place tomorrow at the Rio in Las Vegas.