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Alan Sternberg Leads Stacked Final Table of 2017 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale

Final Six Also Includes Ryan Riess, Cliff Josephy, Tim West and Jason Koon

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The final table is set in the 2017 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event. From a field of 349 entries there are now only six players remaining battling for the title and the top prize of $716,088.

The chip leader is Alan Sternberg with 4,605,000. Sternberg, who won the 2011 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, is looking to become a two-time WPT champion. He will face plenty of tough competition at the final table, including 2013 World Series of Poker main event champion Ryan Riess, 2016 WSOP main event third-place finisher Cliff Josephy, 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event winner Jason Koon, and 2016 SHRP Showdown high roller third-place finisher Tim West. The final six have combined live tournament earnings in excess of $29.3 million heading into this final table, proving just how accomplished these players are.

Coming into the penultimate day Sternberg had the largest stack with 27 players remaining. A slew of big names hit the rail as the field was narrowed to the final six, including recent WPT Bay 101 runner-up Anthony Spinella (26th – $24,259), Jake Bazely (25th – $24,259), 2016 WPT Legends of Poker champion Pat Lyons (23rd – $27,988), Alex Keating (20th – $34,490), Jason Wheeler (19th – $34,490), Will Failla (18th – $41,421), Harrison Gimbel (17th – $41,421), Ray Qartomy (15th – $50,168), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (12th – $59,079), Jake Cody (11th – $59,079), Marvin Rettenmaier (9th – $70,103) and Jonathan Jaffe (8th – $89,609).

The final table was set when Josh Kay ran his 10Heart Suit10Club Suit into the QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit of Cliff Josephy. The board ran out KHeart Suit7Spade Suit7Club SuitJDiamond SuitAClub Suit to secure the pot for Josephy. Kay was eliminated in seventh place, earning $109,412 for his deep run. With that play was halted in the event, with the final six set to return on Thursday for the live streamed final table starting at noon local time.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Alan Sternberg  4,605,000
2 Ryan Riess  3,090,000
3 Tim West 1,995,000
4 Cliff Josephy 1,855,000
5 Terry Schumacher 1,320,000
6 Jason Koon  1,030,000

Photo courtesy of WPT / Joe Giron of PokerPhotoArchive.