The final day of the WSOP Circuit Rio Main Event is upon us and what an exciting day of action it promises to be with 17 returning hopefuls who are looking to make a run at a shiny new WSPOPC ring and the $209,216 grand prize.
The field is loaded with well-known poker talent, including six WSOPC Ring winners and two WSOP bracelet winners.
Trung Pham and Peter Vitantonio lead the field in ring, each having won three in their career. Pham, who comes into the day fifth in chips with 1,955,000, won his most recent ring at Hard Rock Tulsa in March of 2019 and will be looking to add a fourth ring today. Vitantonio is 11th in chips with 825,000 and he would also love to add a fourth ring, as his most recent was two years ago in Harrah’s Atlantic City.
The other four returning ring winners each have one on their resume. Faisal Siddiqui enters the day third in chips with 2,265,000, KC Panjwani is fourth in chips with 2,110,000. Ninth in chips is James Duke with 1,195,000 who recently took down his circuit ring in Choctaw Durant in November. Tenth in chips and another ring winner is Louise Francoeur who is familiar to the Rio circuit stop as she won her ring right here in the Rio in 2018.
Joining the six ring winners on the final day are two WSOP bracelet winners in Anthony Zinno, who is the most decorated player returning today with over 3 million in career WSOP earnings and two bracelets and Longsheng Tan who won his lone bracelet in 2018.
Looking to break through and win his first ring will be chip leader Adam Hendrix who leads the field by quite some distance with a chip count of 3,125,000. Hendrix is an accomplished player and will hope to ride his chip lead to a ring win.
Among the swaths of experience are two newcomers in Michael Stein who enters sixth in chips and has no recorded WSOP cashes on his poker resume thus far and Derek Duclos who has only one WSOP cash recorded and will hve his work cut out for him as the short stack to enter the day.
Play begins at 1 p.m. local time on level 26 with blinds at 20,000/40,000 and a 40,000 big blind ante. Breaks will be every two 60-minute levels with a dinner break up to the discretion of the tournament director and the players.
PokerNews will provide all the coverage of the final day until a new champion is crowned.