The fourth day of the $50,000 HORSE event is now complete and the final table is set, coming into the fifth and final day’s play.
Australia’s Tony G finished 13th place, good for US$83,630 payout. The G almost cracked the million chip mark at one stage before, falling away and eventually being eliminated by current chip leader Erik Sagstrom in a wild Stud hand that solidified Sagstrom’s lead, and left Gus Hansen short on chips.
After four days of playing five different poker variants the final table is now set with Swede Erik Sagstrom holding a dominant lead. Sagstrom has 3,675,000 chips, his nearest rival being Russian Vitaly Lunkin with 2,490,000. Interestingly enough this is a switch from where the players sat at the end of day three, with Lunkin the chip leader and Sagstrom in second at that stage.
They will have to contend with each other and David Bach, John Hanson, Huck Seed, Ville Wahlbeck, Erik Seidel and Chau Giang who have all made the final table.
Of the 11 players to be eliminated on day four, Frank Kassela, Brett Richey, and Todd Brunson all walked away empty handed finishing before the bubble burst. Kassela held the unenviable position as the biggest bubble boy at the World Series of Poker.
Freddy Deeb’s elimination in 14th meant that tomorrow will see a new HORSE champion crowned, although both Vitally Lunkin and Ville Wahlbeck have won bracelets during this series.
There is also an excellent chance that the $50,000 HORSE will be won by an international with three European raiders (Sagstrom, Lunkin, Wahlbeck) against five Americans in the final eight.
Final table chip counts and seating assignments:
Seat 1 - Ville Wahlbeck 645,000
Seat 2 - Erik Sagstrom 3,675,000
Seat 3 - John Hanson 1,700,000
Seat 4 - Huck Seed 1,380,000
Seat 5 - Vitaly Lunkin 2,490,000
Seat 6 - David Bach 2,345,000
Seat 7 - Erik Seidel 965,000
Seat 8 - Chau Giang 1,075,000
The final table action will be live on PokerNews from 7am AEST or a full summary here on PokerNetwork not long after the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy will have been awarded.
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