In 2014 Keven Stammen has already cashed ten times, made three final tables and won one title. All that success has earned the 28 year old $337,220 but his performance Friday puts him in position for a much big score and some life changing money. Stammen finished the penultimate day of the World Poker Tour World Championship event with the chip lead and will head to the final table in the best position to take home the final WPT title in Season XII.
Stammen bagged up 5,650,000 chips while his closest competitor, Byron Kaverman ended well back with 4,070,000. As long as Stammen finishes third or better he will double his 2014 earnings.
Abe Korotki might just be the hottest player at the final table. Just five days ago Korotki beat 413 other players to win the $2,700 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship. He finished with 2,560,000 chips, good enough for third overall but just below the 2.7 million average.
Making up the middle of the pack is Curt Kohlberg and Tony Dunst. Kohlberg finished with 1,580,000 while Dunst, who was supposed to be handling the live stream broadcast on Saturday, ended with 1,330,000.
Ryan D’Angelo bagged up the shortest stack and has now managed to pull an impressive feat, having cashed in five of the last six WPT events. The only event he failed to score in was Bay 101 Shooting Stars where his girlfriend Ronit Chamani carried the torch for the couple, finishing 61st for $16,410.
The day started with just 18 players left, including Eric Afriat who was gunning for a historic win after his victory just last week in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. No player has ever won back-to-back WPT titles in the same season. Despite starting the day at the top of the chip counts Afriat’s quest was cut short.
From UTG Byron Kaverman opened to 65,000, Afriat called from the cutoff and Kohlberg defended his big blind. The flop came T 9 5, Kohlberg checked, Kavermen bet 90,000 and both opponents called. After the 5 turn Kohlberg checked, Kaverman bet 210,000 and again both opponents called. The river card was the 6, Kohlberg checked again, Kaverman tank-bet 350,000 and Afriat called all-in for 340,000 before Kohlberg let his hand go. Kaverman tabled K T for two pair and Afriat slid his hand into the muck and exited with an 11th place finish.
Anthony Gregg spent a good chunk of the day as the chipleader but he was relegated to final table railbird after busting on the TV bubble thanks to what he described as “an unfortunate series of events”. On the final hand of play Kaverman opened from the button to 85,000 and both Gregg and Stammen defended their blinds. The flop came Q 9 8, Gregg checked, Stammen bet 125,000 and both players called. After the 9 turn action checked to Kaverman who fired 325,000. Gregg then raised to 1,000,000 before Stammen made it 1,600,000, Kaverman folded and Gregg re-raised all-in to 1,850,000. Stammen called and tabled J T for a flopped straight. The A river failed to fill up Gregg and he was eliminated in seventh place.
Other players who saw their run at the $1.35 million first place prize end early were Justin Young (15th – $52,163), Bobby Oboodi (12th – $63,081) and Brock Parker (10th – $6#,081).
Final table action gets underway at 4 pm ET with a live stream available at WorldPokerTour.com.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Keven Stammen – 5,650,000
- Byron Kaverman – 4,070,000
- Abe Korotki – 2,560,000
- Curt Kohlberg – 1,580,000
- Tony Dunst – 1,330,000
- Ryan D’Angelo – 1,220,000
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