The penultimate day of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event returned a dozen players and concluded when the field was trimmed to a TV table of six players. Leading the field is Denis Timofeev with 3.9 million to start the final table – a full million chip advantage of his closest competitor.

Forming the chase pack is Robin Luca Wozniczek with 2.8 million, then Kenneth Smaron with 1.8 million and Jonathan Abdellatif 1.1 million. The two short stacks – Harpreet Gill (735,000) and Anthony Diotte (465,000) – have a lot of ground to cover if they want to ladder up the payouts.

Timofeev flirted the lead over the course of the tournament but is the overnight chip leader for the first time heading into the final table. He bagged up second-in-chips on Day 3 and was in the top ten counts for Day 4.

Wozniczek stands to earn his first Hendon Mob cash at the conclusion of the final table. He celebrated his 22nd birthday on Day 3 of the event and is from the same hometown as Fedor Holz.

Smaron is an online pro from Philadelphia known as “kenny05” that made his name in high stakes Sit & Gos. He has a SCOOP title, a runner-up finish in a Sunday Million event and took down an EPT High Roller even in Prague in 2015.

Diotte won a LAPT High Roller in Panama in 2015 for $147,463 and has two $60,000+ cashes from the World Series of Poker – a fourth place in a $1,500 No Limit event in 2015 and a 95th place finish in the 2014 Main Event.

Each returning player has $65,520 locked up, the top four earn six-figures and the winner earns $293,860 and the inaugural PokerStars Championship Panama title. The final table kicks off at noon local time (1 pm ET) and has a cards-up live stream with a one-hour delay.

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Denis Timofeev – 3,905,000
2. Robin Luca Wozniczek – 2,865,000
3. Kenneth Smaron – 1,855,000
4. Jonathan Abdellatif – 1,155,000
5. Harpreet Gill – 735,000
6. Anthony Diotte – 465,000