Level 38 (100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total PNIA Main Event Entries: 1,224
Total Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 4,895,000
It has been an incredible couple of days of poker here at Choctaw and we’re now a few hours away from crowning the next Poker Night in America Main Event Champion. It will make for an interesting dynamic with the average stack at only 24 big blinds and major pay jumps lurking for each elimination.
Miguel Hernandez starts today as our chip leader after riding a late surge to the top during the latter stages of the final table. Things have been falling Hernandez’s way for much of today as he nears his first career main event victory. Despite having the chip lead, Hernandez will face stiff competition from Adrian Buckley and Johannsy Joseph, both of whom are one hand from claiming the chip lead. With Buckley sitting on Hernandez’s direct left, it will be interesting to see how that dynamic plays out between the two biggest stacks at the table.
Buckley is probably the most well-known player at the final table by virtue of his win in the 2015 World Series of Poker “Millionaire Maker.” Buckley followed that run up with another final table appearance this summer and is in search of another title.
While perhaps not as familiar in this part of the country, Johanssy Joseph is well regarded on the East Coast. Joseph has over $767,000 in career earnings and a win here today would mark his second largest career score as he took third in the Planet Hollywood Main Event this summer for $239,000.
Gints Galvins and Jonathan Alfonso have their work cut out for them as short stacks, but with chips at a premium, any double up will put them right back in the thick of things. Both grinded and laddered up to perfection during the unofficial final table and if a few things go their way early, we may see a shift across the chip spectrum.
For Galvins, this cash marks only the second of his tournament career after notching a smaller score at Choctaw earlier this year. Alfonso recently crossed the $100,000 in career earnings and wherever he places will be the largest score of his career.
The live stream final table will start at 2:00 pm with the stream running on a 30-minute delay. Anyone interested in watching the stream should click here. We’re nearing the end of what has been a fantastic tournament as we close in on hanging the banner of the next Choctaw Champion.
Below is a look at the chips counts for all players along with the remaining payouts.
- Miguel Hernandez – 8,300,000 (44 bb)
- Adrian Buckley – 7,050,000 (35 bb)
- Gints Galvins – 2,820,000 (14 bb)
- Johannsy Joseph – 4,625,000 (23 bb)
- Jonathan Alfonso – 1,700,000 (9 bb)