Frank Stepuchin Leads Final Table of WPT Gardens Poker Championship
Frank Stepuchin leads six players into the first televised final table of WPT Season XVII with a comfortable chip lead
The names of the players who will play the first televised WPT Season XVII final table are now known. Frank Stepuchin is leading the last six survivors in the WPT Gardens Poker Championship into the final stage of the tournament with a comfortable lead.
The six remaining players represent the first delayed final table of a WPT Main Tour Main Event. The popular poker series announced last year that from the start of Season XVII all its televised final tables will be played at a later stage and at HyperX Esports Arena at The Luxor in Las Vegas.
The televised final table of the WPT Gardens will be played on March 12 and will be filmed for FOX Sports Regional Networks.
After four days of play at The Gardens Casino, Stepuchin emerged as the chip leader out of six remaining players. He bagged and tagged 4.065 million in chips when the final table was set and organizers stopped action. The player is now in possession of about 40% of all chips in play.
He took the lead and cemented his position when he eliminated Toby Lewis, a three-time WPT final tablist. On what turned out to be the final hand of the night, Stepuchin moved all in with pocket fives on a [Jc][5h][2h][Kd][3d] board and Lewis called with [Kh][Jh] to hit the rail and miss the chance for another WPT final table appearance.
The Other Five Finalists
Of the other five remaining players, Shannon Shorr sits closest to Stepuchin on the temporary leaderboard. The player collected 1.71 million, good for the second largest stack. Steve Sung bagged 1.58 million into the final table.
Brent Roberts with 1.385 million, Ray Qartomy with 820,000, Jonathan Abdellatif with 555,000 were the other three players to make it to the final table of the WPT Gardens championship.
Stepuchin and Abdellatif have both secured seats into their first-ever WPT final table, while Shorr Sung, and Qartomy will all make their fourth final table appearance in March. Roberts has one previous WPT final table to his name. The player also has one WPTDeepStacks title from a few years ago. If he takes down the WPT Gardens, he will become the first player to have ever won both a WPTDeepStacks and a WPT Main Event.
All in all, the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, a $10,000 buy-in tournament, drew 253 entries who generated a prize pool of $2,428,800. The money was split into payouts for the top 32 finishers, min-cashes starting from $19,120. Each of the six finalists is guaranteed a minimum payout of $110,225. And the winner will walk away with the first-place prize of $548,825, including a $15,000 package into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions.
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