If you are friends with Justin Bonomo or Brian Hastings then please tell them to avoid the Rio tonight because that infamous British rail that they both hate so much is going to be out in force for the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Why? Because both Luke Schwartz and Stephen Chidwick have managed to navigate their way through the star-studded field to make it to the eight-handed final table.
Neither Schwartz or Chidwick have a World Series of Poker bracelet to their name but that could all be set to change in the next 24-hours as both have a very realistic chance of walking away from the “Mother Ship” with a gold bracelet adorning their wrist.
Each of the players on the final table have now locked up a rather welcomed $169,879 but none of them will be happy with winning that as they want the prestige of winning this exclusive event; plus the eventual winner will take home $1,451,527 for their efforts!
Schwartz is the more vocal of the two players and he took to Twitter to show his excitement of reaching the final table:#
final table of the 8game tomorow buzzzzzzing !!!!! ship some gold ! love this event !!!!Follow @__fullflush1__
When play resumes Chidwick will have 2,026,000 chips in his possession, enough to place him fourth from the eight finalists, whilst Schwartz will be narrowly behind in fifth place with 1,494,000 chips. They will have to battle it out with some of extremely talented players such as Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Andy Bloch, Chris Klodnicki, Bill Chen, Roland Israelashvili and Bruno Fitoussi; though those last two names are quite short stacked as you can see from the seat draw below. As an indication of the stack sizes the last level played the blinds and antes were:
2-7 Triple Draw, Hold'em, Omaha 8/b: Blinds 25,000-50,000, Betting Limits 50,000-100,000 Razz, Stud, Stud 8/b: Ante 10,000, Bring-in 15,000, Completion 50,000, Betting Limits 50,000-100,000, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha (no ante in PLO): Blinds 12,000-24,000, Ante 6,000.
$50,000 Poker Player Championship Final Table Seat Draw
Play resumes at 14:00 Las Vegas time (22:00 UK time) and will continue until the eventual champion is crowned. UK & Ireland PokerNews wish both Schwartz and Chidwick the very best of luck. Bring home the gold boys!