Mukul Pahuja Eyes History as Leader of WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table

Mukul Pahuja Eyes History as Leader of WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table 0001

Mukul Pahuja is on a sick heater and playing some of the best poker in the world the last 12 months. Pahuja headlines his third WPT Main Event final table of Season XII. The WPT Player of the Year points leader would lock up the title with a win before the WPT World Championship even begins, an accomplishment never before seen in the WPT. Here is the seating assignment and chip counts heading into the final table.

Seat 1Eric Afriat6,760,000 (42BB)
Seat 2Jacob Bazeley7,305,000 (45BB)
Seat 3James Mackey11,680,000 (73BB)
Seat 4Chance Kornuth5,315,000 (33BB)
Seat 5Matt Stout3,665,000 (22BB)
Seat 6Mukul Pahuja18,895,000 (118BB)

Canadian Eric Afriat will make his second WPT final table apperance. Afriat finished sixth in the Season IX WPT Bellagio Cup VI earning $118,950. This will also be Afriat’s second cash on the WPT. According to The Hendon Mob poker database, Afriat has $467,249 in career earnings and his best cash was the sixth place at Bellagio. No matter where he finishes on Wednesday, Afriat will secure his largest cash ever and, with third or better, will double his total career earnings!

The winner Wednesday night will be crowned the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Champion, will have his name engraved on the WPT Champion’s Cup and enter the WPT Champions Club. The Champion will also walk away with $1,081,184 and a $15,000 seat in the WPT Championship next week. Here are the rest of the payouts for the final table.


Pahuja was the benefactor in the largest pot of the tournament so far. According to the WPT Live Updates Blog, in Hand 82, Jacob Bazeley raised from the hijack to 250,000, and Mukul Pahuja called from the big blind. The flop was dealt {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {10-Spades} on the turn. Pahuja checked, Bazeley bet 575,000, and Pahuja check-raised to 1,650,000. Bazeley called. The river was the {5-Hearts}, Pahuja bet 2,825,000, and Bazeley tanked for a long time before making the call. Pahuja turned over {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} for an ace-high straight, and Bazeley slid his cards into the muck. Pahuja raked in the massive 9,670,000 pot and took an overwhelming chip lead.

Day 4 began with 18 players and only six of them were going to make it through. Blake Purvis was the unfortunate final table “bubble boy” earning $193,174 for seventh place. Barry Hutter (8th), Matt Glantz (9th), Jeff Gross (10th), Michael Garraway (11th), Oron Unger (12th), Justin Young (13th), Chris O’Rourke (14th), Jordan Scott (15th), Rajeev Nasta (16th), Frank Russo (17th), and Elliott Zaydman (18th).

The final table will play down to a champion on Wednesday. Like always, PokerNews Canada will have your final table recap and the day’s action once a champion is crowned.

*Data and lead photo courtesy of the WPT Blog.

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