It took five long days for 1,682 players to get down to the final six of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event. The tournament has been a gigantic success for each of them, having already secured a share of at least €252,000 each of the incredible €8,175,000 prize pool. At the end of the night, the trophy and a life-altering cash of €1,410,000 is awaiting the victor.
Perhaps the biggest story of them all is being written by current chipleader Raffaello Sorrentino (15,500,000). It took nearly100 EPT's for a two-time winner to emerge, yet Sorrentino could become a PokerStars champion for the second time in six editions. Sorrentino cashed €466,714 for winning the PokerStars Championship Presented by Monte-Carlo Casino and needs to finish third or better to surpass that cash. Making the final table again is an improbable feat on its own, winning his second PokerStars Championship title would cement an incredible legacy.
Second in chips is Lachezar Plamenov Petkov from Bulgaria (10,325,000). The heads-up Spin & Go player on PokerStars has already racked up his biggest lifetime cash and is in prime position to call himself a millionaire after the night is over.
The biggest name at the final table sits in third: Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. Cheered on by a boisterous Brazilian rail, Akkari clung to the short stack for most of Day 5 before surging late last night. With over $3,4 million in lifetime cashes and experience playing in the limelight, all eyes will be on the red spade pro as the final table unfolds.
Brian Kaufman Esposito, Sebastian Sorensson and Usman Siddique round out the final six players that will take their seats at noon local time to start the sixth and final day. All their respective profiles, as well as those of the other three, can be found underneath this introduction.
The broadcast will start at 1 p.m. with holecards showing, and will be on a security delay of an hour. The live reporting blog will be following along with the stream as to not spoil any of the action. The action will resume at 12 p.m. local time with 23 minutes left at blinds of 100,000/200,000 with a running ante of 25,000 and continue until the last man is standing. The PokerNews live reporting team will be providing start-to-finish hand-for-hand coverage until the winner is crowned, so don't miss any of the action on this exciting last day of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona!