Welcome back to Day 3 of Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Today is the final day of the tournament and when cards fly at 12 noon local time this afternoon, the final six players will take their seats with aspirations of taking the WSOP gold bracelet and a massive payday of $341,854 for first place.
The tournament stayed true to the 2019 World Series of Poker's record-breaking field sizes and saw a whopping 2,477 entries on Day 1. Those entries played 15 40-minute levels and the bubble burst just before the end of the night, with 372 making it into the money and 346 advancing into Day 2.
Day 2 was scheduled to play down to the final six players but as the night went on, there was some doubt that scenario would be attainable within the regulation 10 hours of play. The official final table of nine was reached in the middle of what would be the last level of play on a normal day, and when the field size was shrunk from nine to eight, and then eight to seven on the last two hands before the final break of the night, it was announced that play would continue until either one more elimination occurred or one more level would finish.
It only took six hands upon the return from break for the last elimination of the night to occur, when chip leader Stephen Song found himself with in an all-in situation before the flop against the of Pedro Ingles. Ingles was second in chips at the time by a wide margin, and upon having his hand hold at showdown, Song found himself with a massive 24,655,000, almost half the chips in play with only five opponents between him and the poker history books.
The other five players competing for a bracelet this afternoon are Sevak Mikaiel (6,395,000), Scot Masters (5,315,000), Ryan Laplante, (4,885,000), Renato Kaneoya, (4,875,000), and Dominic Coombe, (3,505,000). Of the six returning players, Laplante is the only player to have won a WSOP bracelet thus far in his career.
Play will resume with 26:59 left in Level 31. Blinds will be 80,000/160,000 with a 160,000 big-blind ante. Levels will last 40 minutes and play will occur until a champion is crowned. Stay tuned to PokerNews for updates on every single hand until a champion is found.
Will Stephen be on 'Song', or can another player tune out the chipcounts and hit the right note? Here's how all the players will line up.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Scot Masters||United States||5,315,000||33|
|2||Sevak Mikaiel||United States||6,395,000||40|
|3||Stephen Song||United States||24,655,000||154|
|4||Ryan Laplante||United States||4,885,000||31|