Scott Baumstein locks up the chip lead into the final day of the first-ever PokerStars Players Championship
Scott Baumstein entered Day 4 of the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship as the chip leader and after a long day of action he manged to scoop the overnight chip lead for a second consecutive night.
Baumstein led 38 players into Day 4 and will be leading just 8 into the final day of this record-smashing tournament. The inaugural edition of the event drew 1,039 entries, including 320 Platinum Pass holders who won their tickets by participating in different initiatives organized by PokerStars throughout 2018.
The tournament’s massive field generated a prize pool of $26,455,500. The winner will walk away with $5.1 million, and each of the final six players will receive a seven-figure payout from the tournament. Each of the remaining eight players is guaranteed a minimum cash of half a million dollars.
The final day of action will kick off at noon local time. Players will resume their seats at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize.
As mentioned earlier, Baumstein is in the best position to win the prestigious title coming into the last day of contention. The player bagged and tagged 10.725 million last night.
Who Are the Other Seven Survivors?
Marc Rivera, a cash game player from the Philippines, is trailing closely behind Baumstein on the chip counts chart with 10.35 million in chips. The player is also one of two Platinum Pass winners left in contention.
Julien Martini from France bagged the third largest chip stack last night, good for 8.6 million. Farid Jattin, the PSPC Day 2 chip leader is hot on Martini’s heels with 8.525 million. Spain’s Ramon Colillas is also among the hopefuls still in the hunt for the title with 8.3 million. The player is the other surviving member of the Platinum Pass winners club.
Jason Koonce from the United States bagged 7.125 million last night for the sixth biggest chip stack. Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi is still hunting for the first-place payout. The player scooped a 5.5 million worth in chips last night. Finally, Marc Perrault from Canada will have the difficult task to improve his short stack of 2.275 million when cards get in the air later today.
While the above-mentioned eight players secured their seats into the final day of the tournament, a plenty of other players were less lucky in their bid to win the coveted title and accompanying first-place payout. The likes of Tony Gregg, Marvin Rettenmeier, Mikita Badziakouski, and Kristen Bicknell all busted out before over the course of Day 4.
As mentioned above the final day of the tournament is slated to begin today at noon local time. The eight finalists will play down to a champion who will scoop the $5.1-million first-place payout.
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