Minkin Chases Dube, History in WPT Lucky Hearts Open Final 6

Chip leader Mark Dube (Photo: WPT)

In its illustrious 12-year history, the World Poker Tour has yet to crown a female champ in an open event.

No win for Jennifer Harman. None for Kathy Liebert or JJ Liu. Even Vanessa Selbst hasn't done it (although she did come 2nd, as have Liebert and Liu).

Kelly Minkin can change all of that tomorrow as she's on to the final six at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.

She has a long road to climb as she trails chip leader Mark Dube by almost 8 million chips. But with a runner-up in the Arizona State championships in 2013 and a side-event win at the LAPC just two weeks ago, Minkin has just the kind of chops to do it.

1,000-Player Turnout, $723k for First

Kelly Minkin (Photo: WPT)

With 1,027 entries for the $3,500 main event there's much more to play for, too.

After three Day 1s the prize pool swelled to $3.2m with $723k up top for the winner.

The player in the pole position right now is Dube who bagged a hefty 11,620,000 to lead the way into the final table tomorrow.

Close behind him is Brian Altman with 10,330,000, followed by Minkin with 3,780,000. Sanjay Gehi, Jon Graham and Greg Rosen round out the final six. Complete chip counts:

  • 1. Mark Dube 11,620,000
  • 2. Brian Altman 10,330,000
  • 3. Kelly Minkin 3,780,000
  • 4. Sanjay Gehi 2,515,000
  • 5. Jon Graham 1,400,000
  • 6. Greg Rosen 1,150,000

Final-table action begins at 1 pm ET tomorrow. A live stream starts at 1:30 on a half-hour delay with cards-up coverage and commentary from Tony Dunst, Jason Koon and Mukul Pahuja. Full details here.

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