The 2022 Poker Masters continues at the PokerGO Studio from ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Japan's Kazuhiko Yotsushika bagged the top stack with 2,535,000 in chips as six contenders remain in Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em.
Andrew Lichtenberger (2,255,000) and Chance Kornuth (2,170,000) aren't far behind as they each sit with over two million in chips as well. Cary Katz (1,740,000) and Sean Winter (1,235,000) will also be returning to the final day, while Billy Wragg (420,000) rounds out the remaining players and will take a short stack into the streamed final table. Each player has locked up $103,500, but all eyes will be on the title, trophy, and $465,750 first-place prize.
The field of 69 entrants created a prize pool of $1,725,000 and the top 10 finishers earned a piece of it. Play lasted a while near the money bubble, and Yotsushika, Lichtenberger, and Kornuth were all able to add to their fairly large stacks during this time. Eventually, Lichtenberger eliminated Nick Schulman one off of the bubble, and then he eliminated Justin Young on the money bubble.
With the bubble having burst, the last four eliminations of the day transpired quickly. Bill Klein was eliminated in tenth place and Isaac Kempton was eliminated in ninth place, both unable to improve their ace-queen against a pocket pair. Soon after, Erik Seidel was gone in eighth after he got his short stack in and failed to improve. Brian Rast was then eliminated in seventh in a blind-versus-blind battle, and the six remaining players bagged for the night.
|1||Sean Winter||United States||1,235,000|
|2||Cary Katz||United States||1,740,000|
|3||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||2,255,000|
|4||Chance Kornuth||United States||2,170,000|
|5||Billy Wragg||United Kingdom||420,000|
When play resumes, there is 14:51 remaining in Level 15 with blinds at 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante. The button will be on Andrew Lichtenberger, there's a dead small blind, and Chance Kornuth is in the big blind.
Play will resume at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 29 and the final table will be streamed on delay starting at 1 p.m. PT on PokerGO.com.
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