After the televised final table was reached in the World Poker Tour $25,000 World Championship, there was still plenty of poker to be played at Bellagio with the continuing action of the $100,000 Super High Roller. After the completion of Day 2 on Wednesday, James Courtney topped the remaining six players with 1.69 million in chips — less than 50,000 ahead of Joseph Cheong's second-place stack of 1.646 million.
Final Table Seating Assignments and Chip Counts
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Registration for the event remained open for a fair part of Day 2 and allowed a few more entries to roll in, and the final tally was 21. That number stemmed from 17 individual players, with Cary Katz, Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier and Jean-Noel Thorel all firing two bullets, and generated a prize pool of over $2 million.
According to the WPT Live Updates, around 4 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, Mercier lost out on his second bullet when he was bounced from the tournament in 11th place.
With the blinds in Level 12 at 6,000/12,000/2,000, Mercier was involved against Thorel on a flop of . Mercier checked, and Thorel fired 50,000. Mercier raised all in for an unknown amount, and Thorel made the call. Mercier, holding the for top pair, saw the bad news that he was behind the for Thorel. After the turn and river, the field was cut down to 10 players.
The final 10 joined around one table, and it was Thorel who bowed out in ninth place. Then, Seidel fell in eighth, and the televised final-table bubble had arrived. Taking the much-unwanted seventh place was former WPT World Championship winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
The blinds were up to 8,000/16,000/2,000 in Level 13 when Timoshenko reraised all in for 305,000 from the hijack seat after Cheong had opened to 32,000 from early position. Courtney called on the button, and Cheong folded.
Timoshenko was at risk with the but heavily behind the for Courtney. The board ran out , and Timoshenko was eliminated. That pot gave Courtney the chip lead, ever so slightly edging out Cheong for the top spot.
While the $25,000 World Championship has a day off on Thursday, the $100,000 Super High Roller will be in action with the televised final table beginning at 4 p.m. local time. Only the top three spots pay out a minimum of $409,500, so there's still plenty of excitement to be had. With over $1 million for first place, be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for the recap on how things finished up.