Play wrapped up last night in the eighth level of the day when just eight players remained in Event #12: €100,000 Diamond High Roller. They will all return to King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic today in search of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Leading the way with a sizeable chip lead is Anatoly Filatov who put a whopping 42,300,000 in his bag. It could have been a lot more as Filatov lost a monster pot to end Day 2 which would have left him with around half of the chips in play. It will be interesting to see how the Russian poker pro bounces back after a good night's sleep.
Sitting in his rearview mirror is high-roller regular Matthias Eibinger with 27,445,000 chips. Eibinger is especially looking for a deep run in this event after being forced to fire five bullets to make it this far. Jean-Noel Thorel is the wild card amongst the other seven pros and he is coming into the day in third place with 26,085,000 chips. Thorel snagged the majority of his chips thanks to a late double up from Filatov where he spiked a four-outer on the river.
Only two of the players left in the field know what it's like to wrap a WSOP bracelet around their hand but they come into the final day as the two shortest stacks. Danny Tang scored his first bracelet earlier this year in Las Vegas while Phil Ivey had the honor of winning 10 in his illustrious poker career. Both players have some work to do if they want to repeat history sitting on 3,900,000 and 2,375,000 respectively.
Final Table Seating Assignments
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||20,460,000||85|
|4||Anatoly Filatov||Russian Federation||42,300,000||176|
|6||Phil Ivey||United States||2,375,000||10|
|7||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||3,900,000||16|
The cards will go in the air at 2 p.m. local time with 11:27 remaining in level 16 and the blinds at 120,000/240,000 with a 240,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length and each player will receive a fresh set of six 30-second time banks. With an average stack of around 75 big blinds, it could suggest that the players could be in for a long battle.
Each player has locked up at least €212,504 thus far but they will all have their sights set on the first-place prize of €2,172,104. The pay jumps will start to mean a bit more now and become even more impactful as the field shrinks.
As always, the PokerNews live reporting team will be here to bring you all of the live updates until a winner is crowned. The updates will be on a delay to remain in sync with the PokerGo live stream. Keep it locked here to find out how the action unfolds and who will be crowned a WSOP champion.