Day 4 at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown has come to a close and the final six for today’s televised final table are set. Jeff Madsen will be the most recognized name at the final table, but the chip lead belongs to Kevin Eyster with 5,680,000.
Here is a look at the final table seating chart with chip counts:
Seat 1. Daniel Letts – 1,665,000 (41 bb)
Seat 2. Paul Dlugozima – 4,470,000 (111 bb)
Seat 3. Kevin Eyster – 5,680,000 (142 bb)
Seat 4. Jeff Madsen – 1,385,000 (34 bb)
Seat 5. Ben Tarzia – 2,380,000 (59 bb)
Seat 6. Zo Karim – 685,000 (17 bb)
A number of familiar faces hit the rail along the way to the final six yesterday, including Faraz Jaka (9th place), Ben Hamnett (10th place), Tony Ruberto (12th place), Matt Salsberg (13th place), Doug Lee (14th place), and Matt Giannetti (21st place). Matt Salsberg has now taken over the lead from Paul Volpe in the Season XI WPT Player of the Year race after earning 150 points with his 13th place finish. He will have 2,500 points going into WPT bestbet Open, and Paul will have 2,350. Since Volpe is unable to play in Jacksonville, he will have to make a great showing at PartyPoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship or WPT World Championship to catch up with Salsberg.
The last woman in the field, Nancy Bimbaum, went home in 15th place, and David Tuthill, who finished 8th at WPT LA Poker Classic, finished in 11th place. Mike DeGilio and James Joyner were the “final table bubble boys” after being eliminated in the same hand by Paul Dlugozima. Here’s a quick look at the final six:
The average chip count going into tomorrow is 2,710,000.
Kevin Eyster: 5,680,000
Kevin has played a total of three WPT events and this is his first cash and first major poker tournament final table. He recently finished 2nd in the WSOPC Blackhawk Main Event. He currently lives in Denver and is from Louisiana.
Paul Dlugozima: 4,470,000
Paul has played in one tournament prior to this, but has no cashes. He plays some cash but mostly runs a backing business with Elio Fox.
Ben Tarzia: 2,380,000
Ben has played a total of three WPT events with his best finish coming in this season’s WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open where the Canadian chalked up at 7th place finish.
Daniel Letts: 1,665,000
Daniel is from Miami Beach and has never played in a WPT event before. His deepest run in a major poker tournament was a 150th place finish in a $1,500 WSOP event. He has two cashes in side events here at Seminole Hard Rock Casino during this series.
Jeff Madsen: 1,385,000
Jeff has already been here once before this season, finishing 6th at WPT Legends of Poker back in August. He has five cashes in WPT events.
Zo Karim: 685,000
Zo is from Orlando and has played six WPT events before this. He cashed at Season X WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open, finishing 28th and won the WSOPC Palm Beach Kennel in February.
Tune in to WPT Live Updates at 4pm ET to follow the hand-for-hand coverage from the final table at Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.