World Series of Poker 2014 is slowly entering its final stage. One of the biggest events of the Series, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship has reached its unofficial final table of eight players and by the end of the night, one of these eight will walk away with one of the most coveted bracelets of the WSOP.
What is even more special about this final table, apart from its star-studded line up and $1.5 million first place is the fact that for the first time in the history of the event, there is a lady in the mix. Her name is Melissa Burr, a mixed game specialist whose forte are high-stakes cash games, but she’s been having a very good Series this year as well. Melissa will be starting today as the second shortest stack, only in front of Allen Kessler, but she was down in chips several times throughout the tournament and made the comeback, so it is way too early to count her out just yet.
Starting day as the chip leader will be Brandon Shack-Harris with Abe Mosseri on his heels. Players making up the middle of the field are Frank Kassela, John Hennigan, Chun Lei Zhou, better known under his online alias “samrostan” and Jesse Martin.
The current chip leader, Shack-Harris, has already had very successful series with one bracelet and second and third place finish, and potential victory tonight could help him catch up with George Danzer in the Player of the Year race.
Elior Sion was likely the unluckiest player to start the play in the Championship yesterday, as he finished in 15th place, becoming the official bubble and missing out on the payday of at least $99,388. Jason Mercier, who has been going strong for the most of the tournament, ended up not cashing as well, as he was eliminated in 17th place. Todd Brunson had better luck, as he made the money, but we will not be seeing him on the final table either, as he was ousted in 11th place, raking in $115,000. Finally, Scott Seiver got felted in 9th, to fall just short of the final table.
When the remaining eight resume the play tonight, their fellow players and fans alike will be watching closely, as apart from the big payday for the winner and Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, there are many side bets going on, and if rumors are to be believed, there is a hefty amount of money on the line!