2012 World Poker Tour Vienna Day 4: Sekularac, Wilinofsky Headline Final Table

Posted at 15:32 2012-04-15 by Donnie Peters

Day 4 of the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event saw 21 of the original 396 players play down to a final table of six. Serbian poker pro Ognjen Sekularac will take the chip lead into the final day, but former European Poker Tour champion Ben Wilinofsky is also in contention and will attempt to pick up his second leg of poker's triple crown.

Among the notables returning on the penultimate day were Eugene Katchalov, Anton Wigg, Tristan Wade, Roberto Romanello and Andrew Badecker. Katchalov was one of the first to hit the rail after running his {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} into chip leader Goswin Siemsen's {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Katchalov, who competed in the PartyPoker Premier League and The Big Game during his trip to Vienna, collected $12,078 for 19th place.

Badecker's elimination in 14th place kicked off a flurry of notable departures. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Badecker got the last of his chips in with {9-}{9-} against Sekularac's {K-}{J-} on a {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}{4-Spades} board.

He was followed out the door by Wade, who lost most of his chips when he six-bet shoved {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} into Romanello's {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}. Wade then moved all in preflop for his last 10 big blinds with {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} and was in great shape to double up against Romanello's {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}, but the {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{Q-Spades} board gave the Welshman a flush to send Wade out the door in 12th place.

After Wigg busted out in 11th, Romanello found himself in a great spot with {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} against Wilinofsky's {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. Romanello was the last WPT champ in the field, but his dreams of a second title were dashed when Wilinofsky hit a jack on the river to take the overall chip lead and eliminate Romanello in 10th place.

Anthony Ghamrawi was the first casualty at the "unofficial" final table when his pocket kings were run down by Manuel Mutke's {A-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Mutke's newly found chips didn't last long, though, as he lost a flip with pocket tens to the {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} of Sekularac, who surged into the chip lead. Mutke collected $35,421 for his four days of work.

Moments later, Maximilian Senft took a horrific beat to land directly on the final table bubble. Morten Christensen raised to 60,000, and Senft put in a huge overshove for around 800,000. Christensen pondered a decision before finally deciding on a call, only to discover the bad news:

Christensen: {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}
Senft: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

The lead quickly shifted into Christensen's favor when the dealer rolled out a {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop, and the {7-Hearts} turn and {3-Clubs} river sent the disappointed Senft to the cashier to collect his $48,297.

The winner of Sunday's final table will earn $410,519, including a seat to next month's $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Here's a look at the seat draw:

WPT Vienna Final Table Seat Draw

1Morten Christensen2,540,000
2Norbert Szecsi1,210,000
3Konstantin Tolokno1,085,000
4Goswin Siemsen875,000
5Ognjen Sekularac3,930,000
6Ben Wilinofsky2,270,000

The final table will commence at 1300 CET (0400 PDT) and all of the action will be streamed live with a 15-minute delay at WorldPokerTour.com. If you're not able to catch the coverage, PokerNews will have the daily update shortly after play ends.

*Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.

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