The conclusion of 10 levels happened just 25 hands into heads-up play, with Nikolaus Teichert and Vincent Maglio set to return tomorrow at 1 p.m. They will then finish what they started and determine who will claim the World Series of Poker gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $730,756. Heads-up play began with the players nearly equal in chips, but at the conclusion of the night, Teichert leads with 7,620,000 while Maglio holds 5,415,000.
The day started with 23 players and it took about five hours for the final table to be set, with Sebastien Comel the chipleader as nine-handed play began. The road to the final table saw the following players, whose names you might recognize, making the money: Jonathan Tamayo (23rd) and Owen Crowe (11th), as well as Day 2 chipleader OJ Ojiri (19th).
It took 22 hands before the first elimination from the final table occurred. Nicolas Levi finished ninth, when his ran into the of Teichert. Levi's elimination was followed by that of Sebastien Comel, when his couldn't hold against Josh Arieh's . It took over one hour to lose our seventh-place finisher, Nicolas Faure, when he found his dominated by Teichert's .
Just six hands later, the next elimination came when Kirill Rabtsov couldn't win a race against Sergey Lebedev. Another hour went by before fifth-place finisher, Josh Arieh found himself all in with one pair against the nut straight of Vincent Maglio. Thirty-eight hands went by before the fourth-place finisher, Sergey Lebedev shoved with king-high into Maglio's ace-high. Just three hands and a few minutes later, Dan Owen ran his into Teichert's for a third-place finish.
And that brings you up to date. As mentioned above, play will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Amazon Room. Stay with PokerNews as we continue to cover this final table and all of the action here at the WSOP.