The day began with sixteen players, thanks to a quirk of fate that saw three eliminations on the last hand of Day 3. Among those sixteen were two Jonathan Little, a member of the infamous Shipitholla crew of online players and, reputedly, a Balla in his own right. This last has yet to be confirmed, but good showing at the final table tomorrow would accomplish a lot towards Little's being recognized for such a thing.
Joining Little and Mizrachi are Ryan Daut, Robert Ford, and Frank Rusnak. Ford and Rusnak claim the shortest stacks at the table, and will need to improve quickly to stay alive. Daut, on the other hand, finds himself in third place on the chip-leaderboard, and while he was quiet for most of Day 4, has managed to put himself in a position to contend for some of the bigger money.
If the final table belongs to anyone, however, it's Isaac Haxton. The 21-year-old student of Brown University lists "fun and the promulgation thereof" as his prime extracurricular activity. He should also add mopping the floor with 936 of the best poker players in the world to that list. Haxton started the day with a $1.7 million chip lead on his closest competitor, and after five hours spent basically kicking the rest of his table around, emerged with well over 50% of the chips in play. His incredible $9,250,000 stack gives him a $6.1 million advantage on the second place Little.
With his long hair and distinctive look, Haxton is already garnering comparisons to The Doors' Jim Morrison. If he can keep up his domination of the field for just one more day however, comparisons to Chris "Jesus" Ferguson might turn out to be more appropriate. Tournament coverage begins at 10 a.m. (EST) tomorrow, and as usual, PokerListings.com will have wire-to-wire coverage of the final table, including results as they happen and an interview with the winner. You won't want to miss it.