The final table at the six-handed 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship at Las Vega’s Bellagio has been set.
Chino Rheem will have a commanding chip lead going into the last day of play, with 5,495,000 chips to his name. With a little over two million chips less, WSOP Gold Bracelet holder Erick Lindgren will go in with the second highest stack, with 3,355,000 chips.
The fifth day of the tournament was expectedly short as just eight players battled it out for the final six spots in the tournament. After around two hours of play on Day 5, Italian player Rocco Palumbo and poker great Daniel Negreanu were eliminated and the final table was formally established.
Negreanu was the last of the two knocked out on Day 5, moving all in on the Ten of Hearts, Eight of Spades and Five of Hearts flop after hitting top pair with his Ace Ten. However, he would fall victim to Lindgren, who called with Pocket Jacks.
The Eight of Hearts on the turn did not favour Negreanu, especially as he did not have any hearts. The Seven of Diamonds on the river was also not helpful to the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event winner and he was sent packing as the bubble boy of the Championship.
Joining Rheem and Lindgren at the final table will be Matt Hyman, WPT Montreal Main Event winner Jonathan Roy, David Peters and Brandon Steven. While all the remaining players have a realistic chance of capturing the spot, Rheem’s lead will undoubtedly make him the favourite going into the final day of play.
Rheem is no stranger to the poker table, having won the $20,000 6-Max No Limit tournament at the inaugural Epic Poker League in 2011, where he earned a cool $1 million. The 33-year-old Los Angeles native also made it to the final table of the 2008 WSOP Main Event, coming in seventh place and earning an impressive $ 1,772,650.
He has also had stellar performances in smaller events in this year’s WPT Championship event, taking second place in two No Limit events earlier this month. Rheem also came fourth in another $1,000 WPT No Limit event two weeks ago, where he was edged out by current rival Lundgren, who came third.
Rheem will be hoping to turn the tables this time around and beat Lundgren, as well as the rest of the final table, when the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship resumes later today at the Bellagio.
The winner of the Championship will earn $1,150,297 for their excellent efforts while second place will get $650,275. The first player to be knocked out of the final table stands to earn $173,993.