$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 9 of 79
Scott Clements is regarded as one of the most respected Omaha players in the world and is showing why as he takes an astounding chip lead into the final table of the $2,200 Pot Limit Omaha.
The Washington native has won WSOP bracelets in both the split-pot and high-only variants of the game, as well as a plethora of deep runs and other titles in all variants. Clements enters the final day of play with almost half of the chips in play.
While Clements has a massive lead, one of the latest additions to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Team, Chance Kornuth, sits in second chip position.
Kornuth is top flight professional poker player in his own right with over $3.6 million in tournament earnings and a WSOP bracelet in the 2010 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha for over $508,000.
The event kicked off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and when the late registration and re-entry period was closed, there were 79 entrants, which created a prizepool of $158,000 that would be divided up among the top nine finishers.
They reached the unofficial final table of 10 players just before the start of the last scheduled level of the day, but after finishing the last level and still having 10 players remaining, they continued play until they lost one more player and they could return nine players, all in the money, for Day 2.
It was another well-known pro, Ari Engel, who busted in 10th and was the unfortunate bubble boy. Engel headed to the rail without a payday, but earned a cash earlier in the day after busting from the $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale in 23rd place for $27,620.
Charlel Azzi also earned himself a seat at the final table and has secured his second cash of the series. His first cash came in the $3,500 WPT Main Event. He netted $30,228 for his 19th place finish.
The final nine players are all guaranteed at least a cash of $4,740, but are all within arms reach of the $47,400 first place prize money. Cards get back in the air on Wednesday at 2 p.m. to play down to a winner.
Here is a look at the seating arrangement for the final table:
Seat 1: Chance Kornuth – 213,000
Seat 2: Petko Tsakov – 127,000
Seat 3: Charbel Azzi – 112,000
Seat 4: Joseph Irgon – 26,000
Seat 5: Mikhail Zlotnik – 36,000
Seat 6: Luis Calvo – 133,000
Seat 7: Scott Clements – 732,000
Seat 8: Chris Meyers – 174,000
Seat 9: Eric Penner – 27,000