The final table of the Triton Super High Roller Series Macau Main Event is set. A field of 83 entries has been reduced to just nine finalists who will return on Friday to battle on the felt for a top prize of HK$22,410,400 (US$2,872,299).
Spanish phenom Adrian Mateos closed out Day 2 with the chip lead, propelled by the last minute elimination of James Chen to end the night with 4,785,000. German poker prodigy Fedor Holz bagged second best with a stack of 4,325,000.
The rest of the final table consists of Dietrich Fast (3,370,000), Kahle Burns (2,625,000), Timothy Adams (2,185,000), start of Day 2 chipleader Stephen Chidwick (1,395,000), Isaac Haxton (1,075,000), and Poker Hall of Fame member John Juanda (990,000).
There were 43 hopefuls who returned to the Galaxy Macau Hotel Thursday afternoon, joined by a few last minute entries including Juanda, Bryn Kenney, and Russian pros Timofey Kuznetsov and Furkat Rakhimov.
Interestingly enough, Kuznetsov busted in 14th place, two off the money and Rakhimov was eliminated on the direct money bubble, falling in 13th place. Once the bubble popped, Manig Loeser, the last remaining former champion, was the first to put himself at risk. Loeser got it in good against fellow countryman Fedor Holz with ace-four to Holz’s queen-jack but a jack on the flop ended his run in 12th place for HK $2,108,000 (US $270,157)
JC Alvarado busted in 11th place after flopping two pair against Fast, but the German flopped a better two pair and the Mexican pro said his goodbyes collecting HK $2,186,000 (US $280,154).
The final table was set with an elimination on each of the final two tables. Mike Watson ran into Burns' pocket tens with ace-ten of hearts and managed to flop a flush draw, but Burns was able to fade the run out and send Watson to the rail in 10th place. Along with his runner-up finish in the HK $250,000 6-Max event earlier in the week, Watson adds HK $2,265,000 (US $290,263) for the trip.
While Watson was getting eliminated, James Chen was involved in a massive pot with Adrian Mateos. Mateos shoved on the river in a 1.3M chip pot and after getting the clock called on him, Chen called for his tournament life with five seconds left and wasn't able to beat Mateos' trip nines.
Final Table Lineup:
|Adrian Mateos Diaz||Spain||4,785,000||8|
The final table is set to kick off at 1 PM local time Friday afternoon and play will continue until a brand new Main Event champion is crowned.
Here are the prizes the field are left fighting for:
|Place||Prize HKD||Prize USD|
|1||22,410,400 HKD||US $2,872,299|
|2||16,398,000 HKD||US $2,101,674|
|3||10,151,000 HKD||US $1,301,018|
|4||6,950,000 HKD||US $890,757|
|5||4,607,000 HKD||US $590,425|
|6||3,436,000 HKD||US $440,380|
|7||2,811,000 HKD||US $360,257|
|8||2,421,000 HKD||US $310,271|
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