The final table is now set for the $5 million World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Ryan Rivers, the last Canadian standing after Day 3, comes into the final table fifth in chips
18 people returned for Day 4 of the $3,500 tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino looking for a spot on the final table. A minimum cash on Day 3 was $26,500, with the first three players eliminated receiving that amount. Players who secured a spot on Wednesday's final table were guaranteed more than $200,000, so there was still a lot to play for on Day 3.
Ryan Rivers was the only Canadian to bag chips at the end of Day 3, and his strong run continued into Day 4, finishing the day with about one million chips more than he started with. His 4,170,000 chips puts him in fifth spot going into the final six. Griffin Paul leads the pack with a whopping 14,290,000 chips. The only other player above chip average is second place stack Andre Crooks with 10,350,000. Rounding out the final table are Joe Ebanks, Brian Green, and Shawn Nguyen. The full final table chip counts and seating assignments are as follows:
Day 3 chipleader Ely Levi was unable to hold onto his chips, finishing in 11th position for a cash of $58,500. Rivers managed to survive an at-risk situation late on Day 4, doubling up after flopping a set of fives against eventual final table bubble boy Sean Syed Shah. The money went in on the turn with Shah holding for top pair, but drawing dead against Rivers' set. The hand gave Rivers over five million chips, but left Shah with fewer than seven big blinds. Shah finished in seventh place six hands later, cashing for $168,550. Payouts for all players busting on Day 4 are as follows:
|Sean Syed Shah||7||$168,550|
Play is set to resume on Wednesday at noon and the hands won't stop until a champion is crowned. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action to see if Ryan Rivers can ship this one for Canada.
Details courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.