For the second straight year Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has a shot at closing out the World Poker Tournament of Champions in his home state of Florida.
Daniel Weinman snagged the final-table chip lead with 872,000 but Mizrachi is nipping at his heels with 699,000.
Both players will have to deal with long-time poker vet Erik Seidel who finished with 540,000 chips and will no doubt be looking to add yet another accolade to his illustrious career.
The final table is rounded out by Seattle’s Dylan Wilkerson ((641,000 chips), Canadian David Ormsby (299,000) and New York’s Daniel Santoro (250,000).
Jesse Sylvia, Jonathan Jaffe Make the Money
Last year Mizrachi also entered the TOC final table second in chips but ended up bowing out in third place for $140,000.
The Grinder, who was the Day 1 chip leader of this tournament, will certainly be gunning for first in this year’s competition, which pays out $381,500 in addition to a brand-new 2018 Audi S5.
By winning the TOC, Mizrachi would also pass $5m in total WPT earnings.
Meanwhile Erik Seidel, who sits with a staggering $31.6 million in all-time live tournament earnings) is currently second to Daniel Negreanu but could close the gap to just shy of a million by taking down the TOC.
Interestingly Daniel Weinman is the only Champion’s Club member at the final table that came from the most recent season of the WPT.
Stefan Schillhabel, Jesse Sylvia and Jonathan Jaffe didn’t make the final table but they did make the money by placing seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
The final table will kick off at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow and will be live streamed with a 30-minute delay on WPT.com.
Here’s a complete look at the final-table chip counts:
1. Daniel Weinman - 872,000
2. Michael Mizrachi - 699,000
3. Dylan Wilkerson - 641,000
4. Erik Seidel - 540,000
5. David Ormsby - 299,000
6. Daniel Santoro - 250,000