British superstar Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis has reached the six-handed final table of the 2014 partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) North Cyprus Main Event and has a realistic shot of adding a WPT gong to his European Poker Tour Vilamoura title.
Lewis returns to the Merit Cove Hotel & Casino on Wednesday afternoon and sits down in Seat 5 armed with 1,085,000 chips, or 27 big blinds. This stack size puts Lewis fourth in chips going into the finale, and although it can be an awkward sized stack to play in tournament poker, Lewis has a wealth of experience and knowledge and will definitely fancy his chances of returning home with the Champions Cup when play resumes.
Standing between Lewis and a WPT title are five men who have all reached the final table on merit and will make like tough for our hero.
The chip leader at the start of play is, like Lewis, a former EPT champion. Nicholas Chouity won the EPT Grand Final in 2010 and has been a regular on the European poker circuit ever since. Chouity has a monster-stack of 4,390,000 (110 big blinds) and is definitely Lewis’ most formidable foe at the final table.
Joining Lewis and Chouity in the limelight are 42-year old Russian, Alexander Lakhov who is making his third WPT Main Event final table appearance, Israel’s Ori Miller, former WPT Prague Main Event champion Dmitry Gromov and the table’s shortest stack Igor Devkin.
2014 partypoker WPT Cyprus Main Event Final Table Seat Draw
Each of the six finalists is guaranteed a payout of at least $62,000 when the bust on Wednesday, but one of them will be returning home with a Champions Cup replica, $310,000 in cash and a $15,400 seat to the WPT World Championship later in the year. Here’s hoping it is our man Lewis who walks away with more than his fair share of the spoils.
Before we go, we have to give a shout out to Lewis’ fellow Brit Oliver Price who crashed out in 11th place at the hands of Chouity.
Igor Devkin raised to 40,000 from the cutoff and Chouity three-bet to 105,000 from his seat on the button. Price was in the big blind and when it was his turn to act he made it 240,000 to go. Devkin folded, Chouity tanked and then moved all-in and Price instantly called.
It was one of tournament poker’s many coinflips that would settle this confrontation and on the flop it looked like Price would be the victor because it made him an 82% favourite to double through Chouity.
That figure was slashed to 22% when the landed on the turn and improved Chouity to a Broadway straight. However, Price could still catch a diamond for a split pot and would win if the board paired. Sadly for Price, the river was the , Chouity’s straight was the best hand and Price headed for the exits.
The final table kicks off at 1:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m UK time) and play continues as long as it takes to crown the tournament's champion. You can watch the entire final table, on a 30-minute delay, on the live stream below: