Rettenmaier Leads Final 9 at WPT World Championship

Marvin Rettenmaier
Mad Marvin Rettenmaier.

Signing a new sponsorship deal with Party Poker seems to be working out just fine so far for Marvin Rettenmaier.

The popular German pro, who recently switched sponsors from Titan to Party, has been near the top of the leaderboard from the jump at the $25k WPT World Championship at Bellagio and heads an elite final nine players into Day 6 tomorrow.

Rettenmaier laid fairly low for most of the day before surging near the end to finish with 3,757,000 chips and the outright lead.

That puts him a solid 600k ahead of second place Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and two million clear of the rest of the field.

Arieh Bubbles, Ktorza Rampages

Starting the day with 19 players and a money bubble that hit at 18, just one unfortunate soul had to go before players could count a profit in this one.

That soul turned out to be veteran pro Josh Arieh, who returned on Day 5 with just seven big blinds and couldn’t make them last longer than 20 minutes.

Josh Arieh
Bubble boy.

The lucky beneficiary of Arieh busting was Phillipe Ktorza. Ktorza came into the day with even fewer blinds (5) than Arieh but an early double-up got him up to 10 blinds and past the bubble.

Even better, Ktorza hung in a while longer, doubled again, then tripled up and 10 hours later now sits in the final nine in seventh place with 977,000 in chips.

O’Dwyer, Khan, Schulman Lingering

Joining Ktorza, Rettenmaier and Mizrachi tomorrow for Day 6 are a number of veteran players equally capable of making a run at the final six.

Hafiz Khan, Day 4 chipleader, hung on in fourth place and bagged up 1,641,000 to give himself plenty of room to make a move tomorrow.

Dangerous pros Steve O’Dwyer and Nick Schulman also linger just behind with 1,643,000 and 1,350,000 in chips, respectively.

Moon Kim, winner of WPT Bay 101 earlier this year, sits in sixth with 1,139,000 while Trevor Pope (800,000) and Wil Wilkinson (705,000) round out the final nine.

In an interesting twist, Kim can also still win the WPT Player of the Year crown depending on where he finishes.

Joe Serock, who was eliminated 10th today, is the current leader in the WPT Player of the Year race with 2,200 points but Kim can tie him with a fourth-place finish or win the title outright with a third-place showing or better.

Steve O'Dwyer
O'Dwyer: Might be good at poker.

Three to Go Tomorrow, Final Saturday

As a result of an interesting schedule quirk, players return tomorrow at noon but will only play until three players have been eliminated and the TV final table of six is left.

Then they won’t pick up again until Saturday as the WPT set is in use for the final table of the WPT $100k Super High Roller on Friday.

Official chip counts heading into Day 6:

1.  Marvin Rettenmaier  -  3,757,000  (75 BBs)
2.  Michael Mizrachi  -  3,124,000  (62 BBs)
3.  Steve O'Dwyer  -  1,643,000  (32 BBs)
4.  Hafiz Khan  -  1,641,000  (32 BBs)
5.  Nick Schulman  -  1,350,000  (27 BBs)
6.  Moon Kim  -  1,139,000  (22 BBs)
7.  Philippe Ktorza  -  977,000  (19 BBs)
8.  Trevor Pope  -  800,000  (16 BBs)
9.  Wil Wilkinson  -  705,000  (14 BBs)

Follow along with both events at the WPT Live Updates page.

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