Griffin Paul Leads, Ebanks Challenges in Seminole Hard Rock Final 6

Joe Ebanks
Joe Ebanks

Griffin Paul is staring down a major opportunity for a groundbreaking score at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida tomorrow.

With just $74,616 in career earnings the Northridge, Ca, native will likely have some nerves to deal with as he takes the chip lead into his first WPT final table.

At 14,290,000 in chips he'll at least have some breathing room when things get underway as the next closest player, Andre Crooks, will start with 10m.

But the lights will be on and the pressure high to hold on and claim the $1m first-place prize.

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Along with the expected nerves Paul will also have to contend with a cold-blooded pro who's been in this spot several times before.

With $2.3m in career earnings Joe Ebanks has definitely been here before and delivered - most recently with a WSOP bracelet in 2011.

Dan Heimiller
Near miss for Heimiller.

He'll start the day third in chips with 6,585,000 and, despite the big chip disadvantage, still might be the favorite to take it down.

Brian Green, Ryan Rivers and Shawn Nguyen round out the final six.

2014 WSOP Seniors champ Dan Heimiller narrowly missed his fifth WPT final table, busting in eighth for $123,000.

The official final six and chip counts:

 

  • 1. Griffin Paul 14,290,000
  • 2. Andre Crooks 10,350,000
  • 3. Joe Ebanks 6,585,000
  • 4. Brian Green 5,205,000
  • 5. Ryan Rivers 4,170,000
  • 6. Shawn Nguyen 3,615,000

Final-table action begins tomorrow at 4 pm ET. Follow along with the WPT Live Updates.

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