With the televised final table playing out this afternoon/evening at The Bellagio for the title of WPT World Champion, let's take a quick look back at the action from Day 6, a day in which Day 5's end of play chip leader, Marvin Rettenmaier, increased his lead to take a hefty chip lead into the final days play.
It was a pretty short day at the unofficial final table as only three players needed to be eliminated in order to reach the six needed for todays televised final table. It was the player who led the way into Day 5, Hafiz Khan who hit the rail in 9th place after his AK ran into the JJ of chip leader Rettenmaier and a board of low cards wasn't able to come to Khan's rescue as he left with $58,568.
Trevor Pope was a little lucky not to go the same way as Khan as once again Rettenmaier looked up an all in with the better hand - this time however a King in the window gave Pope's KQ the edge of Rettenmaier's AJ - doubling Pope up to nearly 2 million chips to Rettenmaier's 5 million stack.
Less than one orbit later we did see an elimination as Wil Wilkinson gambled his last 650,000 with Ac6c only to see Michael Mizrachi look him up with QQ. Things didn't get much better for Wilkinson as an third Q fell for Mizrachi on the flop and Wilkinson bowed out in 8th place for an $82k payday.
At this point Mizrachi was approaching 4 million chips and closing in on Rettenmaier (who dropped to around 4.7 million). However, shortly afterwards Mizrachi lost a decent chunk of chips as he gave Steve O'Dwyer a double up when O'Dwyer's shove for 1.16 million chips with A8 got lucky against Mizrachi's pocket Jacks when the ace fell on the river.
The day lasted another 20 or so hands before the unlucky final table proper bubble boy honours fell to Moon Kim as his AsQs shove for a little over a million chips was bested, once again by Rettenmaier, as he turned over 99 to end the dual hopes of Kim to take home thw World Championship and also WPT player of the year. That title is now safely in the hands of Joe Serock who finished in 10th place and who only needed to finish 15th or above to overtake Will "The Thrill" Failla to clinch the title. WPT Bay 101 champion Kim left in 7th place for $119k.
The final table will be underway soon and here are the chip counts as they stand going into todays play;
Marvin Rettenmaier - 6,715,000
Michael Mizrachi - 2,560,000
Steve O'Dwyer - 2,035,000
Nick Schulman - 1,555,000
Trevor Pope - 1,480,000
Philippe Ktorza - 895,000