The final nine players in the $1,650 Main Event from Ameristar East Chicago will take their seats at noon today to play down to a winner. You can watch the table on a short delay at twitch.tv/hptpoker. Here's the story on the final table as told by PokerNews' Brandon Temple:
The HPT Ameristar East Chicago $1,650 Main Event started with 520 entrants, but today, the final table of nine will converge at Noon local time in the ballroom inside the beautiful Ameristar East Chicago Casino. The final table, which will be filmed for future television broadcast, will also be streamed on the HPT's Twitch channel on a short delay, with the PokerNews blog coverage syncing with the stream.
All nine players have already locked up a five-figure payday of $14,906, but they'll all be vying for the top prize of $171,411. To go along with that whopping sum of money, the victor will also receive a $3,500 Championship Package towards the HPT Season XVI Championship Event, and 140 Player of the Year Points, giving whoever takes this final table down an early lead in the HPT's Player of the Year Leaderboard.
Greg Raymer already owns four HPT Main Event titles, all in 2012 when he won the HPT's Player of the Year race. A win in today's event would propel him into third on the HPT's All-Time Money list, with Craig Casino and Reginald "Shawn" Roberts the only left to top. With the second-biggest chip count at 2,275,000, he's put himself in prime position to add another notch to an already remarkable poker career.
Even Bethyo comes into play with the chip lead at 3,355,000, and will be looking to ride to momentum from an outstanding Day 2 to earn his first HPT title. David "The Maven" Gutfreund, who has an HPT title of his own from 2014's HPT Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Main Event, sits with 1,520,000 and will be looking to cross the $1 million marker in lifetime tournament earnings today, which he would achieve with a runner-up or better performance.
Rounding out the field are a mix of locals to the region, as six of the final table members are from Illinois, while a seventh, Dale Hackney, hails from nearby Michigan. The average stack sits at a hair over 57 big blinds, meaning these nine players should have plenty of play as they grind their way down to a champion.
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