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The penultimate day of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship (PSPC) is now in the books and following 30 eliminations over the course of eight levels of play, the event is down to the eight-handed final table.
American pro Scott Baumstein started and ended the day as the chipleader, consolidating his way to 10,725,000 in chips. However, he wasn’t the only player to cross the 10 Million mark. Platinum Pass winner from the Philippines, Marc Rivera is hot on Baumstein’s heels with a stack of 10,350,000.
Unlike Baumstein, who did find himself risking his tournament life, it was smooth sailing for Rivera all through the day. “There was no point except for the last level where my chips went down,” he said.
Another Platinum Pass winner who reached the final table was the Spaniard Ramon Colillas, who bagged 8,300,000 in chips and is the fifth-largest stack coming into the final day of play.
While, the eight-handed final table will reconvene later today to crown a winner, you can catch the live stream of the Day 4 action right here.
Meanwhile, PCA 2019 schedule of events are up and running with the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller I and $50,000 Single-Day High Roller.
The $25k Single-Day High Roller I is now down to heads-up play between Sean Winter (5,120,000) and David Peters (2,380,000). A total of 75 entries were registered in the event and 11 players finished in the money including Jack Salter (3rd for $230,500), Rainer Kempe (4th for $177,380), Ivan Luca (5th for $140,460), Steve O’Dwyer (6th for $109,840), Stanley Choi (7th for $86,440), Igor Kurganov (8th for $67,520), Byron Kaverman (9th for $51,320), Erik Seidel (10th for $45,020) and Alex Foxen (11th for $45,020).
The $50K Single-Day High Roller pulled in 64 entries and is currently down to three players, Alex Foxen (3,630,000), Stephen Chidwick (1,740,000) and Rainer Kempe (1,030,000).
Now, if you are thinking that the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is all play and no fun, then you would be pleasantly surprised to know that on January 8, PokerStars hosted a ‘Comedy Night’ for players attending the PokerStars Players Championship. The show featured comedians Ben Ludlow, Clayton Fletcher, Joe Stapleton, and Norm Macdonald and was without a doubt a barrel of laughs!
Out of the 38 players that returned for Day 4, only eight remain with each player guaranteed a min-cash of $509,000, while the winner will take home a colossal payday of $5,100,000.
USA’s Scott Baumstein has maintained his lead from Day 3 and will now enter Day 5 with a massive stack of 10,725,000. Though he is in a good position, Platinum Pass winner Marc Rivera is right on his tail with 10,350,000 in his bag.
“It feels great,” said Rivera, who won his Platinum Pass in a tournament with a buy-in of about $600. “I’m proud [to represent the Platinum Pass winners]. But, I’m more proud to represent The Philippines.”
However, Rivera is not the only Platinum Pass winner at the final table, Spain’s Ramon Colillas also broke into the top eight and is currently placed fifth on the leaderboard with 8,300,000 in chips.
Day 1 and 2 chip leaders Farid Jattin (8,525,000) and Talal Shakerchi (5,500,000) also made the cut for the eight-handed final table.
Day 4 saw a total of 30 eliminations which included notables like Kristen Bicknell (11th for $328,500), Griffin Benger (14th for $229,700), Scott Stewart (17th for $202,400), Jack O’Neill (20th for $175,300), Sosia Jiang (28th for $105,000), Mikita Badziakouski (34th for $86,400) and Jacqueline Burkhart (38th for $86,400).
The final elimination of the day was Florian Duta when his fell short against Jattin’s which improved to a hearts flush on the runout . Duta bubbled the final table and finished 9th for $405,000.
The final table will resume later today and will play down to a champion bringing an end to the biggest $25K tournament in poker history.
1. Scott Baumstein – 10,725,000
2. Marc Rivera – 10,350,000
3. Julien Martini – 8,600,000
4. Farid Jattin – 8,525,000
5. Ramon Colillas – 8,300,000
6. Jason Koonce – 7,125,000
7. Talal Shakerchi – 5,500,000
8. Marc Perrault – 2,275,000
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