The 797 players that originally entered this tournament are now just eight. Last night the final 24 took their seats playing eight-handed over three tables to battle for a spot on the prestigious final table. By the end of the evening, Jason Lavallee held the highest chip position with seven others trailing him for the championship.
There were still plenty of notable names alive in the tournament when play began yesterday. Players like Matt Salsberg, Michael Benvenuti, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko gave it their all but were ultimately unable to earn a seat at the final table.
Others, on the other hand, thrived when the cards hit the felt. While Lavallee is the biggest stack on the table with 5.545 million, French professional Ludovic Lacay is sitting right on his heels. On the other end of the spectrum sits Artem Litvinov who will have his work cut out for him at this final table. Coming in as the short stack with only 800,000, Litvinov will have to get something going early in order to survive this final table.
Cards will be in the air shortly here at this final table. Be sure to stay tuned as we document the quest to a champion!