Poker players from all over the world had this day circled on their calendar for over a year now and it has finally arrived for eight hopefuls remaining. The final day of the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship is set to begin at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for the official final table.
This record-breaking event that PokerStars envisioned attracted a total of 1,039 players, making it the largest $25,000 tournament ever. The field has dwindled down to just eight players over the course of the first four days and now one of them will be awarded a whopping $5.1 million for first. Each player is guaranteed at least $509,000 and the top six will walk away with at least $1,000,000.
For the second day in a row, Scott Baumstein will stroll in with the chip lead. Baumstein accumulated 10,725,000 chips after Day 4, never really finding himself at risk of being in trouble. Not far behind him is Platinum Pass winner Marc Rivera with 10,350,000. Rivera is one of two players on the ultimate freeroll, Ramon Colillas being the other player with 8,300,000.
The action will get underway at 1 p.m. with 39:28 remaining in level 32. The blinds will be 125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60-minutes in length until the heads-up portion of the tournament is reached, at which point they will become 30 minutes. There will also be a 20-minute break after every two levels.
The livestream will kick off at the start of play and will be aired starting at 1:30 p.m. on a 30-minute delay. It can be accessed through Twitch or by clicking on the 'Livestream' tab. The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you hand-for-hand coverage in sync with the stream until a winner is crowned.