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$25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship
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Highlights

Highlights

$25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship
Day 4 Completed

Two Platinum Pass Winners Make Final Table of PSPC

mnuwwarah • Level 32: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Marc Rivera
Marc Rivera

The biggest $25,000 tournament in poker history is down to just eight players, and two Platinum Pass winners have advanced through the field of 1,039 to reach the final of the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Marc Rivera and Ramon Colillas have about $300,000 in live cashes — nearly all by Rivera — yet they'll be playing for $5.1 million up top when play resumes on Thursday. That scenario is exactly what PokerStars envisioned when they rolled out this one-of-a-kind promotion.

Rivera is in a particularly good position as he is nearly tied for the chip lead with 10,350,000 to Scott Baumstein's 10,725,000.

"It feels great," said Rivera, who won his Platinum Pass in a tournament with a buy-in of about $600. "I'm proud [to represent the Platinum Pass winners]. But, I'm more proud to represent The Philippines."

As for his Spanish Platinum Pass peer, Colillas won his by topping an live tour leaderboard in his native country. He bagged 8.3 million at the close of Day 4 to rank fifth in chips, though the bunched counts means he's only one pot from vaulting into first.

Ramon Colillas
Ramon Colillas turned a Platinum Pass into a final table appearance.

Joining them at the final table, in addition to Baumstein, will be Jason Koonce, Julien Martini, Farid Jattin, Talal Shakerchi and Marc Perrault.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jason KoonceUnited States7,125,00028
2Julien MartiniFrance8,600,00034
3Farid JattinColombia8,525,00034
4Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom5,500,00022
5Marc PerraultCanada2,275,0009
6Ramon ColillasSpain8,300,00033
7Scott BaumsteinUnited States10,725,00043
8Marc RiveraPhilippines10,350,00041

Baumstein began the day with the lead and ended it right back there, although the field drew much closer to him during the final few levels of play as he at one point had roughly double the stack of his nearest competitor.

He was nearly cooked by Florian Duta in 18th place but managed to hit a three-outer after four-bet shoving ace-ten into jacks. Duta was left with four big blinds but managed to run it back up somewhat and make the final table, where he would fall in ninth.

Unlike Baumstein, who had a sweat for his tournament life, Rivera said it was smooth sailing all throughout for him.

"There was no point except for the last level where my chips went down," he said.

Some other Platinum Pass winners were not so lucky, although they still got handsome paydays on Day 4. Jacqueline Burkhart, Atanas Pavlov, Filipe Oliveira, Adrian Echave, Joao Barbosa and Michael Roboniek all ran dry on chips. Notable direct buys joining them were Mikita Badziakouski, Griffin Benger, Kristen Bicknell and PCA superstar Tony Gregg.

The final table begins at 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, with a live stream to start some time afterward. There remains about 40 minutes at 125,000/250,000/250,000.

Remaining Final Table payouts are as follows:

PlacePrize (USD)
1$5,100,000
2$2,974,000
3$2,168,000
4$1,657,000
5$1,304,000
6$1,012,000
7$746,000
8$509,000

Rivera said he'll prepare by watching some videos, including the coverage of Day 4, and reviewing some hands. He and the rest of his competitors have a momentous day of poker ahead of them, and you can follow the action through the PokerStars.tv live stream or right here on PokerNews.

Tags: Marc RiveraRamon Colillas

End-of-Day Counts

ajlamers • Level 32: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

A recap of today's action is to follow, the chip counts of the eight finalists can be found below.

Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us 10,725,000
Marc Rivera ph
Marc Rivera
ph 10,350,000 3,400,000
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 8,600,000 -400,000
Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
co 8,525,000
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 8,300,000 -500,000
Jason Koonce US
Jason Koonce
US 7,125,000 -4,625,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 5,500,000 -675,000
Marc Perrault ca
Marc Perrault
ca 2,275,000 1,150,000

Florian Duta Eliminated in 9th Place ($405,000)

ajlamers • Level 32: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Florian Duta
Florian Duta

After just staving off elimination in a chopped pot, Florian Duta got his 2,000,000 chips in the middle again with {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts} in middle position. Farid Jattin was his opponent again from the button but this time Jattin was dominated with {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}.

The dealer spread the flop of {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} to give Jattin a flush draw and some chop outs once again. The turn brought the {4-Hearts} to give Jattin the nut flush and Duta was drawing dead to the {6-Spades} on the river.

With that, the final eight players will bag up their chips and return for the official final table tomorrow. A full list of chip counts and a recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
co 8,525,000 2,775,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro Busted

Tags: Farid JattinFlorian Duta

Shakerchi Lives On

ajlamers • Level 32: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Talal Shakerchi shipped all in for 2,775,000 with {q-Spades}{10-Spades} in middle position and Scott Baumstein picked up a dominating {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} on the button. Baumstein called and the cards were on their backs.

However, the flop came {q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} to give Shakerchi the lead with a pair of queens. The rail went into a frenzy with the {j-Clubs} on the turn as Baumstein turned a royal flush draw. The {8-Hearts} on the river bricked off as Shakerchi held on for a double up.

Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us 10,725,000 -2,800,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 6,175,000 2,900,000

Tags: Talal ShakerchiScott Baumstein

Level:
32
Blinds:
125,000/250,000
Ante:
250,000

More for Martini and Shakerchi

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Julian Martini claimed the blinds and antes when raising it up with pocket eights and raised again the next hand with the {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} first to act, making it 400,000 to go. Jason Koonce let go of {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts} in the big blind and Martini raked in another pot.

Talal Shakerchi then moved all in for 2,775,000 with the {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and found no caller.

Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 7,700,000 600,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 3,275,000 500,000

Tags: Jason KoonceTalal Shakerchi

Redraw of the Unofficial Final Table

ajlamers • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jason KoonceUnited States11,750,00067
2Julien MartiniFrance7,100,00035
3Farid JattinColombia5,750,00028
4Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom2,775,00013
5Marc PerraultCanada1,925,0009
6Ramon ColillasSpain8,800,00044
7Scott BaumsteinUnited States13,525,00067
8Marc RiveraPhilippines6,950,00034
9Florian DutaRomania2,875,00014
Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us 13,525,000
Jason Koonce US
Jason Koonce
US 11,750,000 1,350,000
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 8,800,000 800,000
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 7,100,000 -100,000
Marc Rivera ph
Marc Rivera
ph 6,950,000 -250,000
Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
co 5,750,000 -600,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 2,875,000 500,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 2,775,000 -175,000
Marc Perrault ca
Marc Perrault
ca 1,925,000 -1,600,000

Pedro Padilha Eliminated in 10th Place ($328,500)

ajlamers • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Pedro Padilha
Pedro Padilha

Scott Baumstein opened to 400,000 from the hijack with {a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Pedro Padhila shipped all in for 1,775,000 on the button with {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}. The blinds folded and Baumstein asked for a count before making the call.

Padhila was looking strong to double up as his Brazilian rail looked on. The flop came {6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} to give Baumstein a pair but Padhila was still in the lead. However, the dealer burned and turned the {a-Hearts} on the turn as Baumstein turned the tide. The river was the {9-Spades} and Padhila was sent home in 10th place.

Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us 13,525,000 1,750,000
Pedro Padilha br
Pedro Padilha
br Busted

Tags: Pedro PadilhaScott Baumstein