Four days ago, the £1,000,000 guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event kicked off at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. A total of 354 players bought in across two starting flights and those 354 hopefuls have been whittled to the final table of six.
Leading the final six players into battle is the UK-based Lithuanian Matas Cimbolas and his huge 3,534,000 stack. Cimbolas is a talented tournament player, one who has almost $1 million in online winnings, but one who hasn’t been able to reproduce his online form in the live arena. Until now.
Cimbolas’ total live tournament winnings weigh in at $34,990, with $2,396 of that sum coming from his 11th place finish in the partypoker WPT National UK London event in October 2013. Cimbolas is now guaranteed to walk away with no less than £39,500 from this tournament and is in pole position to collect the £200,000 first place prize.
The final table, which takes place at 14:00 GMT on Sunday 23 November, should be amazing to watch because it homes some superb poker players.
Seat 1 is the home to Tamer Kamel, a pizzeria owner by day and one of the best British grinders by night. Kamel has more than $700,000 in live tournament winnings and will not be fazed one iota about the substantial jumps in pay at this final table.
Next to Kamel is Patrick Leonard. The rest of the table should be delighted that Leonard is one of the shorter stacks because the Newcastle lad is arguably the most dangerous player at the final table. The former cash game specialist has crushed tournaments since making the switch at th start of the year and has been ranked number one in the world on two separate occasions.
Ben Warrington sites down in Seat 3 armed with 2,616,000 chips, giving him a realistic shot at WPT glory. This is the sixth major live final table of Warrington’s career, the others ended in two runner-up finishes, two fourths and a seventh. He’ll the home to take down his first live event today.
Seat 4 belongs to Phillip Maghill who won’t mind us saying that he is the amateur of the group, but one who has reached the finale on merit. Maghill is guaranteed to smash his previous largest live tournament score three times over although he does start as the shortest stack at the final table, yet still has 30 big blinds at the start of play.
Last, but not least, is Antoine Saout who calls Seat 5 home when the final table commences. Saout is currently fifth in the French all-time money listings with an impressive $4,266,889, a large percentage of which coming from his third place finish in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event ($3,479,670).
2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event Final Table
Play resumes at 14:00 GMT and you can watch the action unfold via the stream at the top of this article. The stream is delayed by 30-minutes so that we can provide hole card information, so make sure you make yourself comfortable and prepare yourself for what should be an epic final table in the 2014 partypoker WPT Main Event.
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