Event #45 of the 2012 World Series of Poker, the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship is the tournament all the pros want to win. Whilst the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event yields the biggest prizes it the Poker Players Championship that carries the most prestige.
In total 108 of the world's best poker players stumped up the $50,000 asking price to participate in this event and of those 108 starters only 26 remain; amongst them are two Brits who are hoping to return to the UK armed with a WSOP bracelet and the biggest prize of the 2012 WSOP so far, a staggering $1,451,527.
The best placed of our heroes is Stephen “Stevie444” Chidwick who will return to his seat armed with 874,000 chips, enough to place him in seventh place when play resumes. Chidwick has had a great series so far and has three cashes to his name, including a third place finish in Event #27 that netted him $112,106.
Although Chidwick has more than 250,000 chips over the average stack, his table draw for Day 4 has not been kind to him. There are no easy spots in the latter stages of a tournament of this stature but Chidwick is going to have to contend with the likes of Jeff Lisandro, David Baker and the man who is in scintillating form, Phil Ivey.
The other familiar face we have in this event is one you may not have expected to be so deep, or even in this event at all, Luke Schwartz. We do not mean any disrespect to Schwartz by saying that but he is better-known as a pure No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha player so to go this deep is testament to the amount of hard work he has been putting into his game. He will restart Day 4 armed with a 500,000 stack and with overall chip leader Viktor Blom, Antony Lellouche, Andy Bloch and John Monnette – amongst others – as company.
Play resumes at 14:00 Las Vegas time (22:00 UK time) and will see 10-levels play out or the final table reached whichever comes first. Join the Pokernews Live Reporting team then for all the action, as it happens, from the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
$50,000 Poker Players Championship Top 10 Chip Counts