Take a quick glance at the tournament results for Griffin Paul and you’ll notice something; there’s not much there. Paul, 22 years old, cut his teeth on cash games in California for the past few years and only began playing tournaments recently in hopes of nailing a big score.
Monday at the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Griffin put himself into position to grab a big score. Paul finished Day 4 with the chip lead heading into the final table on Tuesday.
“Gradually I chipped up and got it back up to 14 (million) by the end of the night,” said Paul. “This is it. What’s better than this? You play cash games, it’s the same thing every day. You never really get the adrenaline rush.”
The player closest to Griffin is Andre Crooks who finished with 10,350,000. The pair actualy traded the chip lead over the last hour of play on Monday. Joe Ebanks, easily the most experienced player remaining at the final table, finished in third with 6,585,000.
The day started with 18 players still in contention for the title but over 6.5 hours of play 12 players were sent to the rail including Shawn Nguyen who was eliminated by Shah on the TV table bubble.
Ely Levy, the 75-year-old local favorite who started the day on top of the leaderboard, busted in 11th spot, earning him $58,500. Meanwhile Dan Heimiller, who came into Day 4 with the second shortest stack, worked his way up to the chip lead at one point before narrowly missed the TV final table with an eighth place finish.
David Peters suffered every poker player’s nightmare on his way out of the tournament. Peters and Griffin got into a raising war that saw Peters’ tournament life at risk with A A against Griffin’s A K. The board ran out K J 3 K 9 and Griffin’s trip kings sent Peters out in 10th place.
Final table action gets underway at 3 PM ET.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Griffin Paul – 14,290,000
- Andre Crooks – 10,350,000
- Joe Ebanks – 6,585,000
- Brian Green – 5,205,000
- Ryan Rivers – 4,170,000
- Shawn Nguyen – 3,615,000
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