The final table of six is finally set after 5 intensive days of play at Bellagio in Las Vegas. It took about 9 hours of play for the final 21 players to become a final table of 6 in the 5th day of the tournament. Dan Smith, a very experienced live tournament player with over $4.5m in winnings to date, bagged up the largest stack (3.9 million) at the end of play, and the only other player to accumulate over 3 million chips was Gary Benson (3.1 million).
Another day of thrilling poker has come to an end at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Jean-Robert Bellande will lead the final 21 players with 1.6 million chips to the fifth day, which begins in a few hours. Other players that will bring healthy stacks to the tables today include Eddy Sabat (1,026,000), Christian Harder (980,000), and Joe Serock (949,000).
Another day has come to an end at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and Patrick Kelly (1,750,000) is leading the tournament with only 59 remaining players. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi failed to make it through the day, but his brother Robert survived with 783,000 chips. Joe Serock, who just like "The Grinder", was among the top 10 stack when day 3 started - continued playing well and will head into to Day 4 with 1,3 million chips (2nd place).
All the remaining players are guaranteed a minimum of $26,000, with the chance of taking down the first place prize of $1,859,000! Day 4 begins Friday at noon ET. We will be back with a final table recap on Monday morning!
Day 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought 501 players from Day 1A and Day 1B. After about 7,5 hours of play, the field had been narrowed down to 172 - with Nicolas Godoy (picture) out in front with 724,200! Ashton Griffin, who brought the biggest stack to Day 2, made it through the day but only has 123,900 left to gamble with. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Joe Serock continued playing great during Day 2 and are among the 10 biggest stacks heading to Day 3.
Now, only 28 players need to be eliminated before everyone is guaranteed a minimum payday of $15k. But of course that's peanuts compared to the money on the final table - where the winner will take home an increadible $1,859,000! Check back tomorrow for another update!
When 63 players sat down at the tables and Day 3 kicked off, the tournament director had a plan to get as close to 12 players as possible. But in the end there were still 24 remaining players, and the man with the biggest pile of poker chips was the same as when the day started, Philipp Gruissem.
Tonight it's time for the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown's final table to be played and there are some very experienced tournament players on it who will fight for the amazing first prize of $779,520!
Joe Serock will bring the most chips tonight. With 3,137,000 chips, about 1.6 million more than John Dolan in second place, he has another great chance to take down his first WPT title and the biggest cash of his career. With "another great chance" we are referring to the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament, which took place a few weeks ago, in which he finished 3rd.
The WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star event didn't turn out the way most people had predicted. Firstly, for the first time in Bay 101 Shooting Star history, not a single Shooting Star made it to the final table. Secondly, a satellite winner ended up beating a field of 364 players and grabbed the title and almost $1 million in prize money.
After 3 days of play (4 if you include both Day 1a and b), the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Star main event is down to a final table. Erik Cajelais, from Canada, will sit down at the final table today with a 3,6 million stack - about 1,3 million more than Ubaid Habib in second place.