WPT: Wilinofsky Going For Second Major Title in Vienna

Wilinofsky will have a chance to defend his EPT Berlin title next week

A year ago, Ben Wilinofsky did something he had never done before in a live tournament: cash. He didn’t just cash, he won the EPT Berlin Main Event, picking up his first cash, final table, and win in one fell swoop. Since then, Wilinofsky has cashed two other times, but nothing on the same scale as his EPT victory. Now, just over a year later, Wilinofsky has a chance to make his fourth cash a memorable one, as he headlines the final table line-up of the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event.

Wilinofsky was one of 21 players who began Day 4 action at the Montesino Casino in Austria and he was one of six who bagged up chips and will be returning for the livestreaming final table tomorrow. When play began on Day 4, Goswin Siemsen was the one to beat, past WPT winners Eugene Katchalov and Roberto Romanello were the ones to watch, and Andrew Badecker and Tristan Wade were the Americans trying to make a splash.  By day’s end everyone but Siemsen would be on the rail and Siemsen would be the shortest stack heading into Sunday.

Siemsen got off to a good start, eliminating Katchalov in 19th place. The American pros fell shortly after that with Badecker exiting in 14th place and Wade heading home in twelfth after running a bluff right into Romanello’s pocket aces. EPT Champ Anton Wigg exited  in 11th and then, despite the boost in chips from Wade, Romanello headed home in 10th place after his AQ couldn’t hold up against Wilinofsky’s AJ.

That pot helped propel Wilinofsky to his second major final table, where he will begin the action third in chips behind Ognjen Sekularac and Morten Christensen. Sekularac will begin the final table with a nice chip lead and 3,930,000 chips to his credit. He steadily chipped up throughout the afternoon and moved past the 3 million chip mark after eliminating Manuel Mutke in eighth place. Christensen was the one who wrapped the action up for the day though when his pocket jacks managed to flop a jack to eliminate Maximilian Senft on the final table bubble.

The other two players who made the final table are Norbert Szecsi and Konstantin Tolokno. They will begin with 1,210,000 and 1,085,000 chips respectively. Wilinofsky is the lone North American at the final table, hailing from Canada.

When play resumes on Sunday, blinds will begin at 15,000/30,000 ante 5,000, which means the short stack Siemsen will begin the day with a more than workable 29 big blinds. The action will be live streamed on a thirty minute delay on WPT.com with hole cards and commentary from Jesse May. That gets underway at6:30am ET. Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for Sunday’s WPT Vienna final table:

Seat 1: Morten Christensen – 2,540,000
Seat 2: Norbert Szecsi – 1,210,000
Seat 3: Konstantin Tolokno – 1,085,000
Seat 4: Goswin Siemsen – 875,000
Seat 5: Ognjen Sekularac – 3,930,000
Seat 6: Ben Wilinofsky – 2,270,000

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