Breaking Down the Action:
  • Day 4 sees Dramatic Ending to the Action from the Start
  • Conqueror Turns Conquered
  • Who is Left and What Are They Playing For?

With 2,482 entries and a $2 million guaranteed prizepool, the World Poker Tour’s record-breaking Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown has reached its final table. With the final six due to reconvene on May 18th in Las Vegas for the final showdown, it is Sonny Franco who leads the field with a top prize of $1,261,095 up for grabs.

Day 4 sees Dramatic Ending to the Action from the Start

The last day of action saw some big names drop on their race to the final six seats. With the final to be held in the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the battle lines were drawn early, and by the time the final nine players were gathered at the unofficial final table, it was all to play for. Just like in this week’s GG Spring Festival Main Event, the action was dramatic as players battled for position.

Out in ninth place was Simon Tremblay, who was enormously unlucky not to double up instead of being eliminated. All-in with ace-queen against Zachary Vuong’s king-queen, the flop was a safe-as-houses 6-9-6. A king on the turn changed all that, however, and when another king landed on the river, Tremblay was out in 9th place for $145,820.

Everyone wanted to make the final table, where a guaranteed $261,700 payday would await them. Two more players would be highly disappointed, however.

Conqueror Turns Conquered

Zachary Vuong may have been celebrating that fortuitous hand, but he wasn’t doing it for long. It was just minutes later that he was out of the running himself, calling an under-the-gun bet from Ken Aldridge bet from middle position with ace-nine. The A-K-6 flop saw Aldridge c-bet, and while another player, Erik Cajelais, got out of the way, Vuong went nowhere, and eventually call all-in on the turn of an eight, only to be shown Aldridge’s ace-queen. No nine came to help Vuong and he was out after the river was a ten.

Vuong cashed for $145,820 and the tournament was on the final table bubble despite everyone being at the same felt.

The eventual bubble boy would be Erik Cajelais, who lasted another 77 hands of rollercoaster action before his king-jack shove for 14 big blinds was called by Sonny Franco’s ace-queen. The board was eight-high and Cajelais was the man to miss out on the final six, cashing for $203,405 for his efforts.

Who is Left and What Are They Playing For?

With the final six all heading to Las Vegas in three weeks’ time, who is in pole position to book the win? Well, it’s Sonny Franco who leads the field, with 80 big blinds. He has the slimmest of leads, however, with just two big blinds more than Brekstyn Schutten, who is second in chips. From those two leaders, there is a big drop to Steven Snyder who has 15.7 million chips, the equivalent to 40 bigs. Ken Aldridge has 27 big blinds, before being followed by two super short stacks in Albert Calderon (13 big blinds) and Viet Vo, who will come into proceedings with ten big blinds and a dream.

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table Chipcounts:

Sonny Franco – 31,900,000 (80 big blinds)

Brekstyn Schutten – 31,350,000 (78 bb)

Steven Snyder – 15,975,000 (40 bb)

Ken Aldridge – 10,600,000 (27 bb)

Albert Calderon – 5,350,000 (13 bb)

Viet Vo – 4,150,000 (10 bb)

With a massive $1,261,095 on offer for the winner and $261,700 for finishing 6th, who knows what will happen on May 18th when someone gets their name engraved on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. We can’t wait to find out, and with the World Series of Poker Online Series right around the corner, some very big poker tournaments are going to take place over the next few weeks and months.

WPT Seminole Hard Poker Showdown Final Table Prizes:

1st – $1,261,095

2nd – $899,295

3rd – $593,140

4th – $438,500

5th – $326,750

6th – $261,700


Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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