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Stout Makes Second Tunica Final, Wasicka Leads
PokerListings blogger Matt Stout has earned a spot at the final table of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tunica Championship Event for the second year in a row.
But last year's third-place finisher will not have an easy road to victory when the final plays out Wednesday, with a bevy of top pros standing in the way.
2006 WSOP Main Event runner up Paul Wasicka is the current chip leader holding nearly a quarter of the chips in play.
Plus, making the final table to join the two pros are PokerStars EPT Barcelona champ Carter Phillips and the reigning king of the WSOP Circuit, Dwyte Pilgrim.
Stout currently sits seventh in chips while Shane Zell from nearby Memphis, Tennessee is second just above Pilgrim, Seneca, South Carolina's Richard Robb and Phillips.
Kingston, Tennessee's Larry Gurney is the only other player above Stout on the current leader board, while Helena, Alabama's Jerry Saucier and Spring, Texas' Robert Thornhill are below him.
The $5,150 event began Monday with 96 players generating a total prize pool of $449,750.
Stout led a field of 35 survivors after Day 1.
Stout entered last year's final table as a massive chip leader, but failed to make better than third after William "Kai" Landry twice hit running cards to stay alive and eventually cripple him.
Landry went on to take the title and $183,974 first-place prize.
2009 was Stout's best year as a pro. He collected more than $520,000 in live tournament cashes and, in addition to his WSOPC Tunica final table finish, also made a World Poker Tour final table at Foxwoods.
This year they are gunning for a $139,422 first prize in Tunica, plus a seat in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
Live updates for the final table can be found on the WSOP Twitter account beginning at 12 p.m. ET.