24 players returned to Atlantis' Imperial Ballroom this afternoon to decide which eight of them would earn the right to play for the title on Monday and a $2.2 million grand prize.
High stakes tournament regulars Robert Mizrachi, Jeff Madsen and Praz Bansi all joined the rail on Day 5, leaving Barry Shulman and Ryan D'Angelo the most recognizable names on the final table's cast of characters list.
Shulman, owner of CardPlayer magazine, won the WSOP Europe main event back in October and with 6,805,000 in chips heading into the final table, he's got a legitimate opportunity to add another impressive title to his list of accolades.
D'Angelo, who's owned the chip lead for all but about one level of play over the last couple of days, won two WCOOP events on PokerStars
during the most recent series under the screenname 'g0lfa.' D'Angelo bagged a field-leading 10,090,000 in chips this evening and will return tomorrow afternoon as the final table's chip leader.
Not far behind D'Angelo is American Ty Reiman, who, to be quite honest, is very fortunate to be at the final table. In a very pivotal hand late in the day, Reiman got it all in before the flop holding pocket queens against the pocket aces of John Duthie in what was a T10 million chip pot. Reiman managed to spike a third queen on the flop to avoid elimination, crippling Duthie in the process. Reiman looks to make the most of the opportunity, coming to the final table with a second-best 9.35 million in chips.
Action resumes at 12:00 noon local time when our eight finalists embark on the home stretch.
Here's a look at how they stack up heading into the final table:
Ryan D'Angelo - 10,090,000
Ty Reiman - 9,350,000
Barry Shulman - 6,805,000
Harrison Gimbel - 6,000,000
Tom Koral - 5,370,000
Benjamin Zamani - 3,700,000
Zachary Goldberg - 2,340,000
Aage Ravn 1,600,000
Tune in tomorrow at noon for PokerNews' continued coverage of the PokerStars.net PCA Main Event!
Until then, from Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas, good night and good luck!