Chris Brewer came into Event #4: $8,000 No-Limit Hold’em early in the day and was seated at the same table as Salim Admon. Both players quickly started amassing chips and will be heading into the final day as the top two on the leaderboard. Joining Brewer and Admon at the final table are Jesse Lonis, Jeremy Ausmus, Bill Klein, and Nick Petrangelo.

Brewer will begin the final day of six players with 1,670,000, Admon will be coming into the day second in chips with 1,380,000, and Lonis will begin the stream holding 1,250,000 chips. A bit behind them is Ausmus with 555,000 and Klein with 445,000. Petrangelo heads into the day as the short stack with 350,000 in chips, good for almost 12 big blinds.

Event #4 Final Table
Seat Name Country Chip Count
1 Jeremy Ausmus United States 555,000
2 Jesse Lonis United States 1,250,000
3 Nick Petrangelo United States 350,000
4 Bill Klein United States 445,000
5 Chris Brewer United States 1,670,000
6 Salim Admon United States 1,380,000

When play resumes there is 35:03 remaining in level 14 and the button is in seat 1

Brewer ran up his stack throughout the day and came into the final table of nine sitting third in chips. He won a pot holding pocket queens against Lonis to get to nearly a million, and continued accumulating to become the chip leader going into the final day.

Just over a week ago, Brewer finished runner-up in the Venetian High Roller Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $88,800, and he will be looking to improve upon that on stream to claim the title and the trophy.

Admon also had an eventful day to finish near the top of the leaderboard. He secured a double when he was flipping against Joseph Cheong and flopped a set to hold a sizable stack earlier in the day, and continued his run later by finding an ace when his ace-queen was up against Ralph Wong’s cowboys. That eliminated Wong in tenth place and gave Admon the chip lead to begin the final table of nine. At the final table, he added even more to his stack when he burst the bubble with pocket jacks against Nathan Zimnik’s ace-king.

Klein only had a few big blinds near the end but doubled twice to hold nearly 15 big blinds at the conclusion of the day. Petrangelo will be the short stack going into the final day, but will still have room to make a run at the trophy.

Ausmus made the final table in Event #2 and Lonis made the final table in Event #3. In each of those tournaments, they finished in sixth, and both will be looking to improve upon that in this event.

The 56-entrant field created a prize pool of $448,000 and awarded the top eight finishers with a min-cash of $22,400, which includes a seat into Event #5: $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The top six are guaranteed at least $31,360 including the seat but have their eyes fixed on the first-place prize of $138,880.

Those that did not make the final six but walked away with a seat into Event #5 are Shannon Shorr (7th) and Michael Lang (8th). They will both return and attempt to continue their journey to climb the steps even higher.

The unique format of Stairway To Millions sees all players to cash in an event win a seat to the next event. All 8 players to cash in Event #4: $8,000 NL Hold’em won a ticket to play in Event #5: $15,000 NL Hold’em. The fifth event kicks off on Sunday, January 16, at 12 p.m. PT. The “stairway” element applies to all events on the schedule, leading to the $100,000 buy-in finale.

Stairway To Millions Remaining Schedule

Date Event Buy-In Fee (On-Time) Fee (Late/Reentry) Starting Stack Guarantee
Jan. 16 Stairway To Millions #5 $15,000 $400 $800 125,000 $300,000
Jan. 17 Stairway To Millions #6 $25,000 $500 $1,000 125,000 $500,000
Jan. 18 Stairway To Millions #7 $50,000 $1,000 $2,000 150,000 $500,000
Jan. 19 Stairway To Millions #8 $100,000 $2,000 $2,000 200,000 $1,200,000

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