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Aruba Poker Classic Day 4

Robert Mizrachi, Eric Baldwin, and Brock Parker Headline the Final Table


Eric BaldwinDay 4 at the Ultimate Bet Aruba Poker Classic set the stage for tomorrow’s final table. The field played down from 36 to a final table of seven. Matt Brady made a valiant attempt to defend his title, but he fell in 31st place during the day’s action. Robert Mizrachi is once again the chip leader at the end of play, holding 1,977,000. Mizrachi continues to close in on the first place prize worth $753,330, but two challengers that stand in his way at the final table will be professionals Eric Baldwin (pictured right) and Brock Parker. Both players are ranked highly in the Card Player player of the year race, and a win here could help them make a leap to the top of the standings. Baldwin is currently in second place with 4,636 points and Parker is in ninth place with 3,132 points. The current POY leader is Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who holds 5,463 points. Tune back into tomorrow for a recap of the Aruba Poker Classic final table.

Here is a look at the tournament statistics for day 3:

Day 3 Chip Counts:

Robert Mizrachi: 1,977,000
Eric Baldwin: 1,573,000
Chase Steely: 1,293,000
Brock Parker: 1,241,000
Brandon Hall: 442,000
Matthew Ross: 301,000
Jose Santos: 211,000

Notable Day 3 Eliminations:

15: Brent Roberts — $18,430
16: Travis Rice — $18,430
18: John Venturini — $18,430
22: Scott Stewart — $16,130
27: Matt Vengrin — $11,520
31: Matt Brady — $11,520
36: Zachary Clark — $11,520

Final Hand of the Day:

Ryan Schmidt Eliminated in Eighth Place ($41,470)

Eric Baldwin opened a pot with a raise and Ryan Schmidt reraised all in. Baldwin made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Baldwin: 6Club Suit 6Heart Suit
Schmidt: AHeart Suit KSpade Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 8Club Suit 7Heart Suit 4Club Suit 5Diamond Suit

Baldwin led the entire way on the hand and he made a straight on the river to add insult to injury. Schmidt was eliminated in eighth place as the final-table bubble boy. Baldwin grew his stack to 1,573,000, which puts him in second chip-position at tomorrow’s final table.