Level 34 (300,000/600,000/75,000)
Total Entries: 1,857
Players Remaining: 9
Chip Average: 20,635,000
The first two levels of the final table are at an end and players are on a short recess. Brad Jansen has increased his lead further over the final table through a ruthless collection of small0-to-medium size pots. Jansen holds nearly 30 percent of the chips in play and has double the stack of his nearest competitors, Andy Spears and Michael Murphy.
With the blinds set to go up, five players at the final table are below 20 big blinds as Kevin Kwak (15,000,000), Chris Baud (14,500,000), Zachary Donovan (12,500,000), Ryan Tamanini (11,500,000), and Jason Rosenberg (8,000,000) are all in need of a double. The pay jumps are a minimum of $5,000 per place at this point and it will be interesting which players decide to ladder and who makes a move for a higher place on the payout list.
The whole dynamic of the tournament can shift on one pot and there is plenty of action left to be had at this final table. The Winter Poker Open blog will continue to provide coverage of the “Almighty 500” until we reach a winner with play set to resume shortly.