The final nine players in the Opening Event will be returning today at 4pm to play for not only the $112,171 first prize but also the prestigious WSOP gold circuit ring.
The first event of the WSOP International Circuit series here at The Star in Sydney will be giving a minimum of $11,118 to the final table and a pay jumps will be happening after every elimination, with the top three getting a $50,000+ payday.
The final table has two recognizable names in Zhi Ma and Chad Awerbuch, who both have a wealth of tournament experience and results to show. Even as two of the three shortest stacks, they will be hard to beat. Ma has over $320,000 in tournament earnings with his best result coming this year at the Sydney Championships where he finished in second place in the $5k challenge for $120,000. Awerbuch has a dozen five-figure scores to his name, his best coming when he finished fourth in the $5,000 NLHE Main Event during the Star Poker Series in Sydney in 2012 collecting $54,506. A top-two finish today will see him top that.
But everyone will be chasing one man, chip leader Jun Wang. The relatively unknown Wang had a dominant Day 2 eventually bagging the chip lead after taking out 10th place finisher Stan L. in the final hand of the evening.
Final Table Seat Draw
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The PokerNews team will be covering this and every other event of the WSOP series. So get ready for some rail fun today.