PSPC: Baumstein, Platinum Pass Winner Marc Rivera Lead Final Table

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Scott Baumstein has every reason to smile taking the chip lead to the final table of the PokerStars Players Championship. (Neil Stoddart/PokerStars)

The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set.

On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time.

New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater.

“It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives.

Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds.

France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips.

The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S’s Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table.

Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700).

Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400.

There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million.

The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET.

2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts

1. Scott Baumstein – 10,725,000
2. Marc Rivera – 10,350,000
3. Julien Martini – 8,600,000
4. Farid Jattin – 8,525,000
5. Ramon Colillas – 8,3000,000
6. Jason Koonce – 7,125,000
7. Talal Shakerchi – 5,500,000
8. Marc Perrault – 2,275,000