The final table of the PokerStars UKIPT Newcastle Main Event has been reached after the 62 players who started Day 3 with hopes and dreams of becoming the latest UKIPT champion were whittled down to just eight. Among the final eight is the former November Nine member Sam Holden.
The 888 Poker sponsored pro will head into today's final table fourth in chips and is in a great position to add a UKIPT title to his already impressive poker résumé. Holden finished ninth in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event for a cool $782,115 and has since finished 12th at UKIPT Edinburgh and had another amazing run at this year's WSOP Main Event by finishing 55th. He is certainly one to watch when the cards are back in the air this lunchtime.
Leading the way going into the final day's play is Jack Sambrook with 2,413,000 chips. Sambrook flew under the radar for most of the penultimate day's play but won a 900,000 chip pot from Alex Jobling late on the made the nut flush with to crack the pocket jacks of Ian Burdon; busting Burdon in 10th place as a result.
The only other player over the two million chip mark is the unfortunately named (for a poker player in today's game anyway) Chris Ferguson. Many internet warriors believed him to be “that” Chris Ferguson but alas he is not. Ferguson will start the day with 2,045,000 and with the £105,900 first place prize firmly in his sights.
UKIPT Newcastle Final Table Seat Draw
Play resumes at 12:00 noon and will continue until only one man has each and every chip in his possession. Will it be Sambrook, Ferguson or Holden who is that man or will one of the other five hopefuls soil the party and snatch victory for themselves? Only time will tell.
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