Another Day 1 is in the books of The Poker Masters at the ARIA Resort and Casino. It will be the ever-popular Doug Polk leading Event #4 when the final table begins on Sunday. It was one of those days that saw Polk's chips consistently on the rise and he managed to bag 1,357,000 chips when all was said and done.
Polk was a late addition to the field today as he also made the final table of Event #3. He finished in 5th place for $144,000 and will look to improve on that performance heading into tomorrow.
Steffen Sontheimer will be joining Polk on the final table, his third of the series. Brandon Adams, Zach Clark, David Peters, Jake Schindler, and Justin Bonomo will also be present at the final table.
When the players arrive on Sunday, the action will resume on the money bubble with only six players getting paid. A min-cash will be worth $97,500 and the winner will be taking home $819,000.
Polk and Adams are the only players over a million chips and the next closest is Sontheimer with just under 700,000. After a cash in Event #3, Polk will be looking to close in on The Poker Masters Purple Jacket race, which is led by Sontheimer. With a min-cash, Sontheimer will secure the first place spot heading into the $100,000 finale, taking place September 18-20.
Although today was the smallest field to date, there were still many players that came up short. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, Nick Schulman, Bryn Kenney, and Erik Seidel all took turns hitting the rail throughout the day.
This was the fourth and final $50,000 preliminary event with the final table taking place on Sunday. It will be live-streamed on PokerGO starting at 12:30 p.m. local time, along with the coverage on PokerNews. The rest of the players will get a one-day break as the $100,000 finale kicks off on Monday at 2:00 p.m. PST.