Bin Weng Eyes the $1,128,250 Top Prize in the WPT SHR Poker Showdown

The 16 remaining players at the World Poker Tour (WPT) $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock (SHR) Poker Showdown set a six-handed final table on Tuesday. The tournament initially had 2,290 entrants. Yet, the remaining finalists competed for six hours, and Bin Weng led them with 46.05 million chips.

His chip position gives him an advantage in the $1,128,250 top prize run. Besides, Weng has been in great form this year, as he has won $1,269,281 so far.

The talented poker player won the $5,300 The Return: A Borgata Championship Event in January. He later bagged a gold ring and $227,344 in the World Series of Poker (WSOPC) Circuit Las Vegas $1,700 Main Event in February.

Weng is currently facing stiff competition from Rafael Farah Jarufe, Naing Thu, David Mzareulov, Mitch Garshofsky, and Sridhar Sangannagari in the ongoing SHR Poker Showdown. Each remaining player will win at least $238,000. But the final table action will be on May 25 at Hyper X Esports Arena in Luxor, Las Vegas.

The Final Table's Chip Counts

  • Mitch Garshofsky – 18,550,000 chips or 62 big blinds
  • David Mzareulov – 13,350,000 chips or 45 big blinds
  • Rafael Fara Jarufe – 4,275,000 chips or 14 big blinds
  • Sridhar Sangannagari – 19,100,000 chips or 64 big blinds
  • Bin Weng – 46,050,000 chips or 154 big blinds
  • Naing Thu – 13,250,000 chips or 44 big blinds

How Things Unfolded on Day 4

Isaac Kempton's gutshot straight beat Jeff Madsen's top pair and sent him packing several minutes after the day's action began. Andrew Moreno (the first Wynn Millions winner) beat Jarufe in a big pot. The former used two black kings to face the latter's ace-queen.

Unfortunately, Moreno's run ended in the 15th position with $56,800 after an ace landed on the river. Garshofsky's pocket eights defeated Champie Douglas' ace-king and eliminated him in 14th place after several minutes.

Andrew Ostapchenko followed Douglas in 13th place after Mzareulov's river heart flushed his set of fives. Dylan Smith's queen-jack lost to Sangannagari's pocket aces and he exited the tournament in 12th place. Clemen Deng followed Smith in the 11th position after Kempton beat him in a flip.

Gal Yifrach's run ended in 10th place after his ace-four suited lost to Sangannagari's ace-queen. James Anderson used ace-nine to make a three-bet jam but Garshofsky used ace-king to wake up in the big blind. The final table was set after a dominant ace held.

Weng made a 625,00 raise from the button on the 114th hand forcing Kempton to protect his big blind. The latter placed a 425,000 check-call bet on an A♦Q♥2♣ flop and rechecked on a 9♠ turn. Still, Weng wagered 1.05 million chips before calling when Kempton made a 4.675 million chips all-in check-raise.

The later wagered Q♠9♦ for a turned two pair that dominated Weng's A♠10♣. But, Weng got a larger two pair from a 10♠ on the river and sent Kempton packing in the seventh position.


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