The final table is set in the partypoker WPT World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event after what can only be described as an explosive Day 2. I have reported on tournaments across Europe and in Las Vegas and never have I seen 93 players whittled down to a final table of nine in less than eight hours!

Day 2 started at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon and within two hours almost half of the field was eliminated and talk of an early finish for the tournament staff started to emanate from the poker room. Play did start to slow down around the money bubble – as is always the case in tournament poker – which burst at 8:35pm and in unfortunate circumstances too.

Vladimir Marchevici, a partypoker qualifier, three-bet all-in over the top of a Sam Goodman raise with and Goodman, who was by far the chip leader at the time, called with . By the river the board read , which spelled disaster for Marchevici as it busted him in 25th place and burst the money bubble. Marchevici took the beat like a professional, composing himself before wishing his former table mates good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Those 24 in-the-money players were reduced to nine over the course of the next three hours. Nicholas Humpris was the man who bubbled the final table, open-limping in the small blind with and then calling when Sunil Mistri jammed from the big blind with the lowly . Mistri caught a deuces on the board to send Humpris to the rail and set the final table.

Seat Player Chips
1 David Phetean 514,000
2 Sam Goodman 624,000
3 Richard Jwanczuk 884,000
4 Liam Pettman 279,000
5 Sunil Mistri 710,000
6 John Gudger 574,000
7 Lee Kiat 268,000
8 Michael Rosaman 803,000
9 Andrew Brisland 291,000

As you can see from the table above that depicts the seat draw for the final table, it is Richard Jwanczuk who leads with 884,000 chips. Jwanczuk played some solid, aggressive poker during Day 2 and would be a worthy champion should he go all the way and win all of the 4,947,000 chips that are in play.

Hot on Jwanczuk’s heels is Micheal Rosaman with 803,000 chips. We spoke to Rosaman at the bar after play had ended – partypoker put on plenty of free beers and champagne for the players – and he seemed quite confident about leaving Milton Keynes as a WPT National champion.

Making up the final table, but certainly not there to make up the numbers are, the aforementioned Mistri (710,000), Sam Goodman (624,000), two partypoker qualifiers in John Gudger (574,000) and David Phethean (514,000), Andy Brisland (291,000) and Le Wi Kiay (268,000).

Play resumes at 3:00pm on Sunday and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will be our Christmas number one? Stay tuned to the partypoker blog as we bring you exclusive coverage of the 2013 partypoker WPT National UK Milton Keynes Main Event.

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