It may be the biggest WPT tournament ever but somehow the final table of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is brimming with established poker pros.
Mukul Pahuja, who already has two WPT final tables in the last 12 months, holds the chip lead with 18.8 million but WSOP bracelet winner James Mackey isn’t that far behind with 11.6 million.
Consummate grinder Matt Stout, who’s still chasing that illusive first major title, will enter the final table as the short stack with 3.6 million.
The final table is rounded out by noted pros Jacob Bazeley, Eric Afriat and Chance Kornuth.
Kornuth has a WSOP bracelet while Afriat and Bazeley are both still chasing their first big live win.
$1 Million First-Place Prize Up for Grabs at FT
Whoever wins the tournament will receive one of the biggest WPT prizes in recent years.
A record-breaking 1,795 players paid $3,500 to buy into the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown creating a massive prize pool of over $5 million.
First place will net the eventual winner $1.08 million.
Action begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT today and you can follow along via the WPT live updates.
Here’s a look at the chip counts at the start of the final table:
- 1. Mukul Pahuja - 18,895,000 (118 bb)
- 2. James Mackey - 11,680,000 (73 bb)
- 3. Jacob Bazeley - 7,305,000 (45 bb)
- 4. Eric Afriat - 6,760,000 (42 bb)
- 5. Chance Kornuth - 5,315,000 (33 bb)
- 6. Matt Stout - 3,665,000 (22 bb)