The inaugural World Poker Tour Emperors Palace Poker Classic, dubbed WPT South Africa, has reached its latter stages after the 230 players who started the tournament were whittled down to just 27. These 27 players will return to the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino this afternoon and play until the six-handed final table is reached.
At the start of Day 2 we had two British players still in the running for the WPT title but one of those was eliminated, leaving a sole player to fly the Union Jack. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree will probably want to forget this tournament after busting her first buy-in during Day 1b and then having to battle hard to finish with an average stack after re-entering. Boeree busted out during Day 2 when her could outrun the of her opponent during the 13th level of play.
Boeree’s exit meant Jerome Bradpiece will have to carry the hopes of a nation going into the penultimate day’s play. With 27 players remaining, all of them in the money, the average stack is 255,555 and our hero will sit down armed with 115,000 – placing him in 20th position at the restart.
Bradpiece will start the day on Table 36 where he will have to contend with the dangerous German pro Dominik Nitsche, who is looking to add a WPT title to the World Series of Poker bracelet he won this summer.
Each of the 27 surviving players have now locked up a payout of at least $6,626 for their efforts in the tournament so far but that will increase to $32,394 should they make it through to the final table. The eventual champion will take home $206,153 and we do not have long to wait to discoer who that will be.
Good luck Jerome!
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