The bumper crowd of 2,422 $1 million guaranteed WPT500 field has been whittled to the final table of nine and it is Ukrainian Andrii Novak who leads the finalists into battle on March 16.
WPT500 Final Table Chip Counts
|4||Dylan Rowe||New Zealand||162,834,053|
|6||Pedro Padilha Chaves||Brazil||94,463,576|
Novak goes into the nine-handed final table with 241,624,576 chips and is on course to secure the $181,544 top prize. Novak may be in the envious position of chip leader but he will not have matters all his own way because the chasing pack is brimming with talented poker players who have reached this thrilling final table on merit.
All nine finalists hail from different countries, showing the WPT and poker is a truly global, cosmopolitan affair. Austrian Lukas Wimmer is second in chips at the restart with 190,243,207 chips at his disposal.
Three other stars sit down at the virtual felt with nine-figure arsenals. Stoyan Kitanov of Bulgaria (175,842,504), Dylan Rowe from New Zealand (162,834,053), and Lithuania’s Deividas Kvaselis (110,453,978) being that trio.
Been and Adams Still In The Hunt
Further down the chip counts, but most definitely still in the hunt for WPT500 glory are the likes of Padro Padilha Chaves of Brazil (94,463,576), Dutch grinder David Singontiko (94,243,469), and Mexico-based superstar Aaron Been (84,330,612). Been has battled in the biggest online poker tournaments for 15 years and has in excess of $4.5 million in cashes.
Brandon Adams is the shortest-stack going into the final table with 47,481,660 chips but it is Adams, if anyone, who can turn this around. Adams primarily plays cash games but has a superb record in high buy-in poker tournaments. To date, Adams has almost $5.2 million in live poker tournament winnings and will be a major threat if he manages to accumulate some chips early on.
WPT500 Final Table Prizes
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Recent WPT500 Festival Side Event Results
There have been some incredible results in WPT500 series side events while the $1 million guaranteed WPT500 8-Max event was progressing to its final table.
Andras Nemeth helped himself to a $107,282 prize by taking down the $5,200 High Roller Event. David Peters triumphed in the $3,200 6-Max High Roller and walked away with a $50,532 prize.
A special mention has to go to Karim Maekelberg who won the $215 7-Max Turbo for $6,768 and followed that up with victory in the $215 6-Max Turbo Knockout for an additional $6,761.
- Andras Nemeth – first-place in the $5,200 High Roller for $107,282
- David Peters – first-place in the $3,200 6-Max High Roller for $50,532
- Dwayne Slius – first-place in the $1,050 High Roller Turbo Knockout for $21,386*
- Boris Angelov – first-place in the $530 Omaha for $12,489
- Augusto Hagen – first-place in the $265 Hyper Knockout for $9,503*
- Patrick Lauber – first-place in the $320 Mix-Max Turbo Knockout for $9,006*
- Karim Maekelberg – first-place in the $215 7-Max Turbo for $6,768
- Karim Maekelberg – first-place in the $215 6-Max Turbo for $6,761
- Michiel Brummelhuis – first-place in the $215 Mix-Max Turbo for $6,586
- Joshua Hoesel – first-place in the $162 6-Max Turbo Knockout for $5,654
- Simon Nielsen – first-place in the $215 7-Max Turbo for $5,545
*includes bounty payments
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