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Gagne, Juttelstad Lead Lucky Hearts Final Table
They were the top two players after Day 2 and they’re still the top two heading into the final table at the WPT Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.
This time, however, the luckier of the two is Gigi Gagne, who flipped positions with second-place Matt Juttelstad and holds a big lead on the rest of the final six heading into tomorrow's finale.
Gagne, the last woman standing in the field and with no known cashes on her resume, is the surprising chip leader with 2,708,000 chips to start the final table.
That gives her a million-chip advantage over Juttelstad, next in line with 1,651,000.
An experienced online player, Juttelstad has a $23k PCA Main Event score plus a few other smaller cashes to his name.
Both have been at or near the chip lead for most of the tournament so it's fitting they're set to battle it out again tomorrow for the title.
Lesser-Knowns Rule the Day
With a few big-name pros still left in the final 34 to start the day, including Harrison Gimbel, Jonathan Little, Christian Harder and Noah Schwartz, it’s a relatively unassuming final six that will take their seats tomorrow.
None of the aforementioned pros could hold on for the final with Gimbel the closest, busting in ninth, and Harder leaving in 13th.Instead Uri Kadosh, Day 1a chip leader, sits third in chips and will hit the final table with 1,470,000.
Sharon Levin, a Florida native with several local cashes to his credit, will start fourth with 1,208,000.
Keith “damurdera3” Ferrera, who won the 2009 Wynn Classic for $255,000 and has a second in the Full Tilt $750k, sits fifth with 1,094,000.
Todd Jacobson is the short stack with 718,000.
Almost-Live Streaming Starts at 1:30 pm
Each of the final six has is now guaranteed $43,185. A solid $268,444 will go to the winner and $158,194 to the runner-up.
Action will be broadcast “almost-live” on a 30-minute delay with hole cards starting at around 1:30 pm (EST) tomorrow.
Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst and Dan O'Brien will provide commentary. Watch the stream at WPT.com.
The chip counts and seat assignments, care of the WPT Live Update team:
Seat 1: Matt Juttelstad - 1,651,000 (138 BBs)
Seat 2: Gigi Gagne - 2,708,000 (226 BBs)
Seat 3: Uri Kadosh - 1,470,000 (123 BBs)
Seat 4: Keith Ferrera - 1,094,000 (91 BBs)
Seat 5: Sharon Levin - 1,208,000 (101 BBs)
Seat 6: Todd Jacobson - 718,000 (60 BBs)