The 2020 World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event drew a total of 257 entrants, building a prize pool of $2,467,200. After two starting flights and three more full days of tournament action, there are now just six players remaining with a shot at the title and the $554,495 top prize.
The winner of this event won’t be determined for 11 weeks, though, as this tournament is the first WPT event of 2020 to utilize a delayed final table format. The final six players bagged up their chips on Monday, January 13, and won’t resume playing until March 31. The final table will be filmed for television and live-streamed online at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (pictured above). Cards will get in the air at 4:00 p.m. local time.
The final six are set to receive travel accommodations and hotel stays as a result of the delayed final table. They are all currently guaranteed to cash for at least $$111,795.
The chip leader heading into the final table is Chance Kornuth. The two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner bagged up 2,995,000, which will be good for 120 big blinds when the action resumes with 34 minutes and 18 seconds remaining in Level 23, which features limits of 15,000-25,000 with a 25,000 big blind ante. The 33-year-old poker pro originally from Denver, Colorado will be looking to secure his first WPT title and add to his career live tournament earnings of nearly $7.8 million.
San Diego’s Markus Gonsalves will enter the final table in second chip position with 2,370,000 (95 big blinds). This will be the 35-year-old poker pro’s second WPT final-table finish, having placed fourth in the 2016 WPT Rolling Thunder main event for $91,616. Tuan Phan is the only other player above two million in chips (2,070,000 – 83 big blinds). The 49-year-old part-time poker player and restaurant investor is looking to take advantage of his first-ever WPT final table finish to secure
The fourth-largest stack belongs to Canadian Jonathan Cohen. His 1,615,000 will represent 65 big blinds when the action kicks off in late March. Qing Liu’s 795,000 is good enough for 32 big blinds and fifth place on the leaderboard. The Pasadena, California resident has already improved on his 12th-place showing in this event last year, which earned him $43,220.
Rounding out the final table is the short stack, Straton Wilhelm. The San Diego-based poker pro’s 435,000 represent 17 big blinds. He has aleady locked up the largest live tournament score of his career by making it this far.
Here is a look at chip counts of the final six players:
Kornuth photo credit: Joe Giron / WPT.