It took only two hours of play on day five of the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship for the televised final table to be set.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu was the short-stack for the majority of the last two days of the tournament but fell narrowly short of qualifying for the televised final table when he was eliminated by close friend Erick Lindgren.
Negreanu was clearly disappointed but was still able to take home his third six figure cash of the year after winning the WSOP APAC Main Event and finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
All eyes will be on Lindgren when the televised final table kicks off later tonight.
Not only is the thirty-six-year-old attempting to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to have won three World Poker Tour titles but the first place prize of $1,150,297 is sure to help pay off some of the gambling debts that saw Lindgren end up in a rehab clinic for gambling addiction at the end of last year.
Lindgren (3,355,000) is currently sitting in second place behind chip leader Chino Rheem who holds 5,495,000 in chips.
Rheem has a wealth of final table experience in the world’s biggest tournaments after finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and winning the $20,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event in the Epic Poker League.
Lindgren isn’t the only former World Poker Tour champion at the table with Jonathan Roy holding 1,900,000 in chips.
Roy won the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the end of 2012 and won the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max Turbo Bounty at the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final.
This is Roy’s second major final table of the year after he finished fourth in the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
Rounding out the final table are David Peters (1,085,000), Brandon Steven (1,210,000) and Matt Hyman (1,560,000).
All three are experienced tournament poker players who have all cashed for large amounts at the World Series of Poker, making this one of the toughest final table fields in the history of the World Poker Tour.
You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.
Professional Poker Player Mike Sexton has thrown his support behind the structure of the World Poker Tour after the running of the World Poker Tour Montreal event was criticized by Allen Kessler.
Kessler was critical of the structure of the tournament arguing that the levels during the tournament were too short meaning that the second half of the tournament was decided by All-In bets that don’t favor the more skilled player.
Kessler believes that longer tournament with wider structures add positive expected value (EV) for professional poker players.
“If you don’t extend the level length as the event progresses, stacks become too short at the end, resulting in a series of all ins before it finally corrects itself,” Kessler said on Facebook.
Sexton, who is considered a leading poker ambassador, disagrees with Kessler and believes longer tournament aren’t good for the game.
“As for wider structures and longer live events, I’m against them because I don’t think they’re good for the game nor for the players who think they’re good for them,” Sexton said in a blog on Party Poker.
“Longer events make it less likely that businessmen (amateurs that add value) will play a tournament as recreational players can’t take a week off their job or away from their families to play poker tournaments.
“Second, if a recreational player wins a big-time event, it helps the growth of the game.
Sexton uses Chris Moneymaker, whose victory in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event is said to have been one of the main reasons for the Poker boom, as an example of an amateur player winning a tournament having a positive effect on the entire poker community.
“Does anyone think that a top pro – and fill in any name you want – winning a big-time tourney would benefit the game (meaning bring more players into poker) more than a newbie to poker who won a satellite to get in, or a prominent businessman or celebrity, or especially, an attractive young lady just getting started in poker,” Sexton said.
Sexton said that four days is the perfect length for World Poker Tour events as it gives recreational players the best possible opportunity to play in events without putting their jobs at risk.
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