Tomorrow will be the final table of the 2011 WPT Hollywood Casino. The tournament began at The Hollywood Casino, located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Saturday on April 9th. After three days of play only six players remain. The big three names remaining include Erik Seidel, William Reynolds, and Tom Marchese.
Final table action will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, at 4pm Eastern Time, with the blinds at 2,500/5,000. The chip counts and seat assignments are as follows.
Seat 1: Andy Whetstone – 80,500
Seat 2: Erik Seidel – 645,000
Seat 3: Ali Eslami – 213,000
Seat 4: Tom Marchese – 175,000
Seat 5: Mike Scarborough – 654,500
Seat 6: William Reynolds – 1,169,000
Erik Seidel, third in chips, has the most experience of anyone at the table and is a serious threat to win this WPT title. Seidel has won an astounding $4.3 million so far this year in live tournaments! The man is absolutely on fire! He won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and won the high roller $250,000 buy-in event held at the Aussie Millions worth $2.4 Million. This is Seidel’s 4th WPT final table. Also, at this summer’s WSOP Seidel is scheduled to make a special appearance to play a rematch against Johnny Chan to relive their famous 1988 final table encounter.
The blonde haired road block in Seidel’s way has a name, and that name is William Reynolds. Reynolds was the 2010 PCA High Roller champion. You may have seen play in the PokerStars Big Game TV Show. Reynolds has the chip lead over both Seidel and 2nd place Mike Scarborough.
In a distant 5th in chips is the always dangerous Tom Marchese. A beast of a poker player in his own right, the 23 year old east coast poker phenom is a long way from first place, but counting Tom out would be foolhardy. Look for Tom to move up from 5th place in the rankings by the time the smoke clears on this final table tomorrow evening.