There were just 40 players that returned to the felt for Day 2 of Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. They made up ten four-handed tables and the winner of each table would advance to the final table on Day 3 with a shot at a World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
The final table will have plenty of familiar names on it and the highlight, of course, will be three-time bracelet winner Justin Bonomo. Coming off a record-breaking year in 2018, Bonomo is showing no signs of slowing down. Coming into the final table, Bonomo will bring a stack of 591,000 chips, right in the middle of the pack.
He made quick work of his table today, wrapping it up before the players even hit the first break. Bonomo picked up most of his chips by winning an early flip against Mateusz Rypulak for a 150 big blind pot. Bonomo flopped quads and Rypulak was already drawing dead. Going into a heads-up battle with Ryan Leng, Bonomo held a comfortable chip lead and never looked back. With Leng all in for around 13 big blinds, Bonomo made the call with ace-ten and flopped trip aces to secure his berth among the final 10.
While the money is hardly an issue anymore for a man who has over $44 million in career tournament earnings, Bonomo is still at the top of his game in search of more titles. However, he still finds time to have a little fun at the tables and even enjoyed some small cash games on the Las Vegas strip a couple of days ago. Rest assured, Bonomo will have his game face on tomorrow when he looks to capture his fourth WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Ben Farrell||United Kingdom||621,000||62|
|3||David Lambard||United States||621,000||62|
|5||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||614,000||61|
|6||Martin Zamani||United States||601,000||60|
|7||Justin Bonomo||United States||591,000||59|
Another quick finisher on the day was Martin Zamani who will bring 601,000 chips with him to the final table. Zamani eliminated all three players at his table, starting with Ludovic Riehl, then onto Arthur Conan. His toughest competitor he saved for last as he battled with Kristen Bicknell heads-up. Zamani held a big lead throughout and ended the battle with a full house against Bicknell's overpair to the board.
Andrew Lichtenberger (614,000) and Alexandru Papazian (609,000) will be the other players at the table in search of multiple bracelets. Each of them already has one to their name but adding a second in a field full of big names would be a nice accomplishment. Lichtenberger dominated his table and defeated Jeremy Wien in order to advance while Papazian had a rougher go at things. Papazian needed a big double up against Taylor Paur in order to grab the chip lead and he finished the job about an hour later.
While all the players will bring a stack ranging between 59 and 63 big blinds to the final table, it is Jan Lakota who will have the largest of them all by a slight amount. This is Lakota's first WSOP final table and he is mostly known as a heads-up specialist. The only other WSOP event Lakota has played was the $10,000 Heads-Up tournament earlier this month.
Each of the final tablists have already locked up a score of $12,937 but there will be crucial pay jumps with each elimination. The stacks will be short to start off so the all-ins could be fast and furious at a full 10-handed table. Here is what they will all be playing for:
Final Table Payouts
The final table will get underway at 12 p.m. local time on the Feature Table with the live stream commencing once the final six is reached. The blinds will resume at 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 big blind ante. The levels will be 40-minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every three levels. Continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team to find out who will claim the title.