Championships: WPT Final Table Set; Darren Elias Leads

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 2,010

(l-r) Mark Davis, Viet Vo, Mike Laufer, Andrew Barfield, Marcos Exterkotter, and Darren Elias

The 2022 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table is set and there’s a familiar face at the top of the counts.

Four-time WPT champ Darren Elias has a big lead looking for number five and heading to Las Vegas where the final table six will play for the Championship. Mark Davis sits in second followed by Marcos Exterkotter, Mike Laufer, Andrew Barfield, and Viet Vo making his second straight WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table.

The live-streamed final table will run on May 25 at the HyperX eSports Arena in Las Vegas.

Seat 1: Mark Davis – 26,550,000 (89 bb)
Seat 2: Viet Vo – 11,925,000 (40 bb)
Seat 3: Mike Laufer – 6,750,000 (23 bb)
Seat 4: Andrew Barfield – 5,500,000 (18 bb)
Seat 5: Marcos Exterkotter – 10,900,000 (36 bb)
Seat 6: Darren Elias – 38,825,000 (129 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $1,000,300
2nd: $660,000
3rd: $490,000
4th: $370,000
5th: $280,000
6th: $215,000

Darren Elias

Championship: Andrew Davidson – 7th Place ($165,000)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 2,010

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson raised to 650,000 from the cutoff and Mark Davis called on the button.

The flop was KcKh7s, Davidson continued for 700,000, and Davis called.

The turn was the Jc, Davidson checked, Davis bet 950,000, Davidson check-raised all in for about 2,900,000, and Davis called with Kd10d for trip kings, leading Davidson’s QsQd for two pair, kings and queens.

The river was the 5s, no help to Davidson, ending his tournament in seventh place for $165,000.

Mark Davis  –  26,550,000  (88 bb)
Andrew Davidson  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($165,000)

Official chip counts are being confirmed now.

Championship: James Calderaro – 8th Place ($125,000)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 2,010

James Calderaro

Darren Elias raised to 600,000 from under the gun, Mark Davis called in middle position, and Marcos Exterkotter called in the small blind.

James Calderaro three-bet all in for 10,175,000 from the big blind, and Elias thought for a bit before he slid in a stack of plaques to call. Davis and Exterkotter folded.

Calderaro:  AhQs
Elias:  10c10s

The board ran out 3h7s7hKcJh, no help to Calderaro, ending his championship event in eighth place for $125,000.

Darren Elias  –  38,100,000  (127 bb)
James Calderaro  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($125,000)

Championship: Chip Counts at Break

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

The players returned from break to begin Level 32, with increased blinds of 150,000-300,000 with a 300,000 ante.

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1:  Andrew Davidson – 4,150,000  (12 bb)
Seat 2:  Mark Davis – 28,525,000  (95 bb)
Seat 3:  Viet Vo – 7,625,000  (25 bb)
Seat 4:  Mike Laufer – 4,650,000  (16 bb)
Seat 5:  Andrew Barfield – 5,825,000  (19 bb)
Seat 6:  Marcos Exterkotter – 11,800,000  (39 bb)
Seat 7:  James Calderaro – 9,725,000  (32 bb)
Seat 8:  Darren Elias – 28,200,000  (94 bb)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is around 12,500,000 (42 big blinds).

Remaining payouts:

1st:  $1,000,300
2nd:  $660,000
3rd:  $490,000
4th:  $370,000
5th:  $280,000
6th:  $215,000
7th:  $165,000
8th:  $125,000

Championship: Andrew Davidson Doubles Thru Viet Vo Again

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson raised all in for 2,775,000 from the cutoff and Viet Vo isolated the pot from the small blind with 10h10c, racing with Davidson’s KdJc.

The board ran out Kc8h2d9c6d, giving Davidson a pair of kings to double through Vo once again.

Andrew Davidson  –  6,050,000  (24 bb)
Viet Vo  –  7,500,000  (30 bb)

Championship: Darren Elias Takes the Chip Lead from Mark Davis

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

Darren Elias

Darren Elias opened to 500,000 from under the gun, Mark Davis three-bet to 1,400,000 from middle position, Elias four-bet to 4,500,000, and Davis called.

The flop was 8s5h4c, Elias bet 3,500,000, and Davis thought for a bit before he folded.

Darren Elias  –  28,950,000  (116 bb)
Mark Davis  –  25,000,000  (100 bb)

Championship: Andrew Davidson Doubles Thru Viet Vo

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

Andrew Davidson

Viet Vo opened to 500,000 from under the gun, Andrew Davidson three-bet all in for 2,050,000 from the small blind, and Vo called with KhQs, leading Davidson’s 9c6h.

The board ran out 6d4d2c9sQc, giving Davidson nines and sixes to double through Vo.

Andrew Davidson  –  4,600,000  (18 bb)
Viet Vo  –  9,500,000  (38 bb)

Championship: Darren Elias Shoves the Turn Against Mark Davis

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

Darren Elias

Andrew Davidson opened to 500,000 from under the gun, Mark Davis called from the next seat over, and Darren Elias called from the big blind.

The flop was 9dJh4s and Elias checked to Davidson who continued for 900,000. Davis called, Elias check-raised to 3,400,000, Davidson folded, and Davis called.

The turn was the 8d, Elias used a time extension and moved all in for 8,550,000. Davis used a time extension of his own before he folded.

Darren Elias  –  18,125,000  (73 bb)
Mark Davis  –  29,800,000  (119 bb)

Mark Davis

Championship: Chip Counts at Break

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

Seat 1:  Andrew Davidson – 7,875,000  (32 bb)
Seat 2:  Mark Davis – 31,300,000  (125 bb)
Seat 3:  Viet Vo – 10,775,000  (43 bb)
Seat 4:  Mike Laufer – 11,500,000  (46 bb)
Seat 5:  Andrew Barfield – 4,975,000  (20 bb)
Seat 6:  Marcos Exterkotter – 7,725,000  (31 bb)
Seat 7:  James Calderaro – 13,775,000  (55 bb)
Seat 8:  Darren Elias – 12,700,000  (51 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st:  $1,000,300
2nd:  $660,000
3rd:  $490,000
4th:  $370,000
5th:  $280,000
6th:  $215,000
7th:  $165,000
8th:  $125,000

Championship: Dave Moore – 9th Place ($100,000)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 2,010

Dave Moore

Dave Moore raised all in for 2,925,000 from early position and Andrew Davidson called from the small blind.

Moore:  Ah7d
Davidson:  AsJs

The board ran out Qs10h6d5c9d, no help to Moore, ending his tournament in ninth place.

Andrew Davidson  –  10,025,000  (50 bb)
Dave Moore  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($100,000)