Welcome back to Crown Melbourne and the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific for Day 4 of the AU$10,000 Main Event!
The 329-player field has now been reduced to just 18 with six of those players earning a spot on the televised final table that will be played on Saturday afternoon in Studio 3.
The player that will be looking to take the biggest advantage from his starting position is overnight chip leader Victor Teng who amassed a chip stack of 1,854,000 - more than 600,000 than his nearest rival. That rival is local player Jason Giuliano who went on a tear yesterday once play reached the money and built his stack from just a few big blinds to a powering 1,203,000 as Day 2 chip leader Kyle Montgomery ended the day with 1,196,000 to cap off the only players sitting with seven figures.
Unfortunately for the above mentioned players, it won't be all smooth-sailing today as the remaining players are a super talented group. 2010 WSOP Player of the Year and two-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela (783,000) and 2014 WSOP Player of the Year hopeful Brandon Shack-Harris sit in the top few counts also with Shack-Harris needing a second place or better in this event to take those honors from current leader George Danzer.
Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson peddled the short stack for the majority yesterday, but after a few key doubles, his stack rose to 458,000 to sit slightly ahead of JJ Liu who bagged 431,000. Liu isn't the only female remaining as Jackie Glazier (300,000) and Ang Italiano (256,000) are waving the flag for the Australian female contingent.
EPT Grand Final runner up Jack Salter (280,000) and Event 7: AU$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Champion Alexander Antonios (127,000) round up the rear to give the field a balance of bracelet winners, seasoned veterans and a handful of amateurs.
With players already guaranteed AU$23,441, everyone's sights will be set on reaching the final table of six where a six-figure payout will be guaranteed and AU$850,136 awaits the future WSOP Asia-Pacific Champion.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand from 12:30 p.m. to provide continuous live updates as we continue writing the path of the future WSOP Asia-Pacific Champion and play down to the the final table of six.