Since the Circuit events have switched to a $5,000 buy-in this year, it's unusual to see a final table with as many big name players as we have here. Dominated by pros, it will be a tough road to the top for the one who manages to overcome this level of competition.
Peter Feldman, no stranger to WSOPC final tables having won the New Orleans championship last year, enters the final table the overwhelming chip leader with more than $440,000.
Speaking of the last New Orleans Circuit event, Feldman's heads-up rival Steve Wong, a solid player who is becoming more well-known by the day, finished in 16th after being pushed out of a pivotal pot by a semi-bluff from Davidson Matthew.
Joe Sebok made it all the way to 17th before being sent packing. Sebok enjoyed a big stack for much of the day before being crippled by Erik Cajelais after the Canuck flopped a straight against Joe's wired queens. Having called a substantial pre-flop raise from Sebok, Cajelais managed to hit the 8♥ 7♠ 6♦ flop huge with his 9♠ T♠.
Joe's stepfather Barry Greenstein also made it deep but was knocked out on the bubble. Playing the short-stack for much of the day, Barry shoved with a marginal J-9 and got an insta-call from the juggernaut that is Peter Feldman. Barry was unable to overcome Peter's pocket nines and was sent home one off the money.
The final table is slated to get underway tomorrow at 2 p.m. (PST) when all nine competitors will be fighting tooth and nail for the prestige of first place, not to mention the almost $300k. Join us then for live updates, photography and up-to-the-minute analysis of the action as it happens. From San Diego, this is Matt Showell.