Two of poker's hottest players will compete for a $1.4 million top prize at the final table of the $10 Million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open on Wednesday. Mike Leah, who has racked up four titles on the live circuit already in 2014, will take the chip lead into the final day, while Big One for One Drop champion and recent EPT Barcelona Super High Roller runner-up Daniel Colman will enter the final table second in chips.
The final six players survived a huge field of 1,499 entries to put themselves in position for a seven-figure prize. The top two finishers on Wednesday will each pocket more than $1 million. Joining Leah and Colman at the final table will be Day 3 chip leader Martin Hanwoski, accomplished tournament grinder Joe Kuether, WPT champion Shawn Cunix and former WSOP November Niner John Dolan.
2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Final Table
Day 4 began with 18 players eyeing the final table. It didn't take long for the eliminations to pile up as Michael Stembera, Uri Kadosh, Jacob Naquin, Ronald Ostraw, Farhad Madhani and Matthw Sedgeman were sent packing within the first 75 minutes of the day.
2012 November Niner Russell Thomas entered the day as a short stack and was able to double his stack early on, but Thomas ultimately fell in 13th place. According to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open blog, Leah min-raised to 120,000 and Thomas three-bet to 330,000. Leah then four-bet to 650,000 and Thomas moved all-in for 2,400,000. Leah called and it was off to the races.
Leah was ahead with his queens and put a stranglehold on the hand when the flop rolled out , giving him top set. Thomas had backdoor draws to a flush and straight, but the turn left him drawing dead. Thomas took home $77,326 for his four days of work.
After the eliminations of Natasha Barbout (12th - $99,775), Curt Kohlberg (11th - $99,775), Lenny Duvdivani (10th - $99,775), Roman Valerstein (9th - $149,663), and Brian Hawkins (8th - $199,550), Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Ambassador Blake Bohn landed directly on the final table bubble — and it was again Leah who handled the dirty work. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000/20,000, Leah raised and Bohn moved all in for around 830,000. Leah thought it over for a few minutes before having the clock called on him by Colman, and eventually Leah decided he was priced in to call.
Leah was behind but drawing live against Bohn's two overcards, and he quickly pulled ahead on the flop. The turn and river failed to improve Bohn and he exited in seventh place for $249,438.
The final table will kick off at 1 p.m. ET at the Seminole Hard Rock and a live stream will be available at PokerStars.tv on a one-hour delay beginning at 2 p.m. As always, PokerNews will have a full recap with all of the day's highlights upon the completion of play.