Nine Players Left in the 2012 WPT ChampionshipFriday, May 25th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour’s $25k Championship event is one of the most followed poker tournaments in the game today, and it takes place at the popular Bellagio in Las Vegas. It leads directly into the World Series of Poker, so you’ll find that there are quite a few big named poker players participating in this event, so players are at the top of their game for this big buy-in event. The event is now down to it’s final nine players, and as expected there are quite a few well-known’s left in the event, as well as a few players who have made surprise runs in the tournament. At the head of the field though is a player who is fresh off of a new sponsorship deal with Party Poker in Marvin Rettenmaier, a professional player from Germany.
When this day began, the action was actually right on the money bubble with 19 players left in the tournament, and the top 18 getting money back on their investment. The bubble boy ended up being one of the more well-known players in the event in Josh Arieh, who was sent home by none other than Rettenmaier when his pocket Kings held against the A-J of Arieh. While Arieh hit an Ace on the river, it was too little too late after Rettenmaier made a set on the turn. Another knock out worth noting that came today was Joe Serock getting sent home in 10th, leaving him a great shot to win the World Poker Tour’s Player of the Year award. If Serock is able to see Moon Kim get knocked out before 3rd place then he’ll win the award, otherwise it will go to Kim.
Going into the final nine players there are two players left with over 3 million, with one being Rettenmaier, and the other being Mike Mizrachi, and Rettenmaier has quite the lead over third place Steve O’Dwyer, showing that the rest of the field will have quite a bit of work to do in order to catch up to him and Mizrachi. There are three former WPT Champions left in the event in Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, and Moon Kim.
While many people will have their eyes on the former champs, O’Dwyer has been a hot name in poker recently as he’s had over 10 cashes of more than $40k since last summer, and has brought home more than $1.75 million since last July. Interestingly out of all of those big time scores, he has never won a major tournament, and winning this one would definitely keep him going in the right direction heading into this summer’s World Series.
The other remaining players in the event are Wil Wilkinson (705k chips), Hafiz Khan (1.64 million chips), Trevor Pope (800k chips), and Philippe Ktorza (977k chips). The game plan moving forward for Day 6 of the event is for these players to play down until there are only six left, and these six will make up the final table which will be a televised event as well.