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Final Table Set at WPT Seminole Hard Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open

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What started with 1,566 players on Day 1 is down to six following Day 4 at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open, a $3,500 buy-in tournament in sunny Hollywood, Florida.

The final table, set for 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, features six players all vying for their first WPT title. And, of course, the $778,490 first place prize. Each remaining player is guaranteed at least $170,835, and the pay jumps on Day 5 will be massive.

Six Players Seeking First World Poker Tour Title

Entering the final session with the chip lead is going to be Harout Ghazarian who came into Day 4 with one of the big stacks at nearly 100 big blinds. He continued building that stack throughout Tuesday's session, and holds a slight lead over Jacob Ferro. Both players will return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with over 100 big blinds. The full final table chip counts are as follows:

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Harout Ghazarian17,400,000
2Jacob Ferro16,400,000
3Clayton Maguire10,325,000
4Gediminas Uselis8,900.000
5Selahaddin Bedir8,700,000
6Anshul Rai875,000

With the blinds at 75,000/150,000 (150,000 big blind ante) when play resumes, Anshul Rai is going to be in desperation mode looking for a couple of double-ups to get back into the ballgame. Even worse for him, the blinds will increase after less than five minutes as Tuesday's session wrapped up late in the level after Willie Wiggins busted in seventh place on the final table bubble.

Brutal Finish for Day 4 Chip Leader

Day 4 was a wild one, especially early on. Fifteen players came back at noon, and it took nearly four hours before any player busted. According to WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, 13 small stacks won consecutive all-in bets. Scott Levitt was on the losing side of many of those. He entered the day with a massive chip lead but lost six consecutive all ins and was out in 13th place for $48,490, a disappointing finish for a player who was in a great position to pick up a huge score.

Kristen Bicknell, the last woman standing in the field, was unable to spin up a stack on Tuesday. The former partypoker ambassador was the first to go in 15th place, which paid $40,860.

Joseph Cheong, the 2010 third place finisher in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, busted in 10th place for $79,630.

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Gediminas Uselis is looking to follow-up his huge win in October at the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian. The Lithuanian took down the 1,341-player, $1,600 buy-in event in Las Vegas for $325,428.

Uselis, who entered the current WPT event with nearly $700,000 in live tournament cashes, can beat his MSPT score with a third place or better finish at the final table.

*Images courtesy of WPT and Seminole Hard Rock.

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