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Rettenmaier Boss in WPT Championship Final Six
The $25k WPT Championship is Marvin Rettenmaier’s to lose.
Starting the day with the chip lead but still within striking distance, Rettenmaier rocketed away from the field to finish the day at 6,715,000 in chips and take a commanding lead heading into the six-player final table.
The popular German pro known as "Mad Marvin" will be looking for his first WPT title and first for his new sponsor, Party Poker, when play resumes on Saturday.
With veteran Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi next with 2,560,000 in chips, it’ll take a shocking turn of events for him to fall short but with Mizrachi's experience and two dangerous pros behind him, anything can still happen.
Mizrachi, O’Dwyer and Schulman Lay in Wait
If anyone can overcome a four-million chip deficit, it’s Mizrachi.
With lifetime earnings of over $14 million, there are few situations at the poker table Mizrachi has yet to face and he’s been on the right side of epic comebacks before.
If Mizrachi can’t get it done, Steve O’Dwyer or Nick Schulman are certainly capable.
O’Dwyer, who sits third with 2,035,00 in chips, has had a year to remember on the European poker circuit with over a dozen final tables and a win at the WPT National Championship in Denmark.
Schulman, a long-time pro who already has a WPT title under his belt, sits fourth with 1,555,000 in chips and likewise won't be intimidated by Rettenmaier's lead.
Underdogs but still in the mix in the final six are Trevor Pope (1,480,000) and Phillipe Ktorza (895,000), who has already battled back into contention after being down to just five big blinds on Day 4.
Moon Busts, Serock Wins Player of the Year
Bubbling the final table in seventh place was WPT Bay 101 winner Moon Kim who had a shot at winning the WPT Player of the Year title with a third-place finish or higher.
Instead, Joe Serock will claim the title for Season X on the back of his 10th-place finish in this event and two third-place finishes.
Serock joins an elite group of past winners of the WPT Player of the Year award including Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jonathan Little, Gavin Smith and Daniel Negreanu.
Final Table Saturday with Live Streaming
With a day off tomorrow as the Super High Roller plays down to a winner, play will resume on Saturday from the Bellagio in Las Vegas at 4 pm.
Live streaming with hole cards and commentary from Tony Dunst and Dan O'Brien will start at WPT.com at 4:30 pm.
Chip counts and seat assignments for the final table:
Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi - 2,560,000 (43 BBs)
Seat 2: Marvin Rettenmaier - 6,715,000 (112 BBs)
Seat 3: Steve O'Dwyer - 2,035,000 (34 BBs)
Seat 4: Nick Schulman - 1,555,000 (26 BBs)
Seat 5: Trevor Pope - 1,480,000 (25 BBs)
Seat 6: Philippe Ktorza - 895,000 (15 BBs)
For a full recap of Day 6 action, check the WPT Live Updates page.