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The World Poker Tour's First-Ever Delayed Final Table Is Set

Shannon Shorr, Steve Sung and Ray Qartomy Headline The Final Six In The WPT Gardens Main Event


The 2019 World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event drew a total of 253 entrants to create a $2,428,800 prize pool. After four days of action, the field has been narrowed down to a final table of six competitors, all of whom will have their eyes set on the title and the $548,825 first-place prize.

The remaining players will have to wait nearly eight weeks before they find out whether they will be able to emerge victorious in this event, as this tournament is the first in WPT to see the televised final table delayed and played out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at a later date. The final six will not reconvene to play out this event until Tuesday, March 12.

HyperX Esports Arena Las VegasAll players who reach the final table in a WPT main event that feature a final table held at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas are set to receive travel accommodations and hotel stays. They are all currently guaranteed to cash for at least $110,225 by making the top six.

Frank Stepuchin will be the chip leader heading into the final table, with his stack of 4,065,000 being worth over 135 big blinds when play resumes at 15,000-30,000 with a 30,000 big-blind ante in March.

Stepuchin will have plenty of tough competition to deal with at the final table. Shannon Shorr has the second largest stack at the table (1,710,000) and will be hungry to capture his first WPT title and add to his career earnings of nearly $6.6 million.

Two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Steve Sung sits in third chip position with 1,580,000. This will be the fourth time that Sung has made a top-six appearance in a WPT main event, with his biggest score on the tour being a runner-up showing in the 2008 Bay 101 Shooting Star main event for $585,000. Sung has more than $5.6 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Brent Roberts will come into the final table in fourth place on the leaderboard. This is his second WPT final table, having finished third in the Legends of Poker main event for $251,035. Fifth in chips is Ray Qartomy, who has made three prior WPT final tables, most recently placing fourth in the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. Qartomy has more than $3.1 million in prior live cashes heading into this event.

Rounding out the final table is short stack Jonathan Abdellatif. This is the Frenchman’s first WPT final table, but he is no stranger to big events. He has nearly $1.3 million in tournament cashes, with his biggest score being a win in a £2,700 no-limit hold’em event at the 2017 partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham for $275,200.

Here is a look at chip counts of the final six players:

Rank Player Chip Counts
1 Frank Stepuchin 4,065,000
2 Shannon Shorr 1,710,000
3 Steve Sung 1,580,000
4 Brent Roberts 1,385,000
5 Ray Qartomy 820,000
6 Jonathan Abdellatif 555,000

Player photo credits: Joe Giron / WPT.



2 years ago

I think they are making a mistake delaying the final tables this year. I understand controlling expenses. Otherwise though what happens if a player passes on during the delay. Are they blinded out each round? Are their chips pulled from the table without the opportunity to win they would have had otherwise? players like me that were considering playing this year in a tournament now can't because of organizing the time off from our other responsibilities twice out of the year instead of once will be very inconvenient. I think participation will shrink this year


2 years ago

I might be wrong but didn't wsop payout last place money to everyone at the end of play when they first started doing delayed final tables


2 years ago

But that's why they didn't do it this year, because of the same concerns I expressed.