This year’s World Series is slowly drawing to the grand finale. The WSOP 2016 Players Championship is down to the final six players battling it out for the prestigious title, while the Main Event is only days away now. The first flight of the tournament that will crown a new poker world champion is set to begin on July 9.
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91 players in the WSOP 2016 Players Championship
The Players Championship is one of those special events that draws a small selective field of players each year. Featuring eight different games rotating during the tournament, this is the tournament that attracts only the most experienced and bravest players, ready to test their mettle against the best in the game.
Wsop 2016 Players Championship was no different in that regard, as the list of participants contained only a few names that most poker fans would not recognize at the first mention. The likes of Daniel Negreanu, Eli Elezra, David Benyamine, Todd Brunson, and Jason Mercier were all there. But, after full four days of play, only six of them remain in the contention for the prestigious title.
WSOP 2016 Players Championship final table
The winner will be decided tonight and it is Justin Bonomo who leads the way. For Bonomo, it was a good Series and a good tournament overall, so he looks great to finally win the second WSOP bracelet he’s been chasing for a while now. Reaching that goal, however, will be anything but easy.
Right on Bonomo’s heels is none other than Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, one player who absolutely needs no introduction. With three bracelets to his name and almost $15 in live tournament earnings, ‘The Grinder’ is always a serious force to be reckoned with.
Eric Wasserson and Brian Rast are third and fourth in chips, respectively. Of these two, Wasserson is much less known to the general public as he has no bracelets and his tournament earnings are “only” $528,000. However, Eric has been running very hot this serious and he has plenty of experience so not taking him seriously at this final table would be a grave mistake.
Down to the final 6 in the 50k. I have the chiplead with 7.75m. Restart at 2pm tomorrow. Will be on stream w/ 30 minute delay.
— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) July 6, 2016
Rounding up the final six are Wil Wilkinson and Ray Dehkharghani. Dehkharghani has won his very first WSOP bracelet earlier this summer, so it is clear that poker gods have been by his side so far. He is the official short stack though, so he has some work to do tonight if he is to become a serious contender for the title.
WSOP 2016 Main Event is near
There are only three days left before the event everybody’s been waiting for kicks off. The $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship, popularly known as the Main Event, will begin with the Day 1A on Saturday, July 9th.
Trying to guess a total number of players is always a fruitless task, as it is really anybody’s guess. Looking at the overall Series this year, some events saw a decrease in total player numbers while other tournaments attracted bigger numbers. We’ll have a final player count for the Main Event after Day 1C registrations close on Monday, July 11th.