The final six players have been confirmed for Event #5: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em in the US Poker Open. A star-studded final table will get underway on Wednesday at 12:00 P.M. PST with Jake Schindler leading the way.
Schindler bagged the top stack of 2,380,000 chips after running over a field of 67 entries. The day started off poorly for the American-born high-stakes poker pro, who managed to fire the maximum bullets by the time late registration closed. That's when things turned around for Schindler.
He worked his way up the leaderboard clashing with fellow high-roller, Adrian Mateos, on numerous occasions. Next thing you knew, Schindler was the only player with over a million chips. Schindler continued his climb when he sent Rainer Kempe home on the money bubble by winning another coin toss. When the tables got short and the stacks got shorter, that is when Schindler applied the most pressure. Mind you, the deck slapping him in the face didn't hurt as much it sounds either.
It won't be all smooth sailing for Schindler, as he will have two fellow American poker pros breathing down his neck. Ryan Riess (1,375,000) and Ben Tollerene (1,265,000) are both sitting in the seven-figure club as well and will be looking to overtake Schindler for that top spot.
Final Table Seating
The day started off with a mere 20 some entries but that number grew in a hurry. The players came to splash around some chips as many of them headed to the registration desk to fire multiple bullets. When all was said and done, there were a total of 67 entries that made up a prizepool of $670,000.
Some of the familiar faces to come and go included Daniel Negreanu, Benjamin Pollak, Isaac Haxton, Adrian Mateos, Justin Bonomo, Nick Schulman, Erik Seidel, and even the US Poker Open money leader, Stephen Chidwick, hit the rail after one entry.
Once Kempe burst the money bubble, a couple of the short stacks quickly followed him out the door. David Peters and Keith Tilston both picked up min-cashes, while Brent Hanks lasted a little longer to finish in eighth place. Schindler ended the evening when short-stacked Ben Yu pushed all in from under the gun with and the chip leader had an easy call with . The board ran out clean for Schindler and Yu ended his tournament run in seventh place.
The action is scheduled to begin at 12:00 P.M. local time tomorrow inside the Aria Resort and Casino. There will be 17 minutes remaining in level 18 with the blinds at 10,000/20,000 and a 20,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 30-minutes in length and with everything wrapping up once a winner is crowned.
If you wish to tune in to watch your favorite players battle in some high-stakes tournament action, you can catch it all on PokerGO beginning at 1:00 P.M. PST. The PokerNews live reporting team will also be bringing you hand-for-hand coverage of the entire final table.