Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:47 AM Local Time
Matthew Ashton Takes Chip Lead into Televised Final Table
With Ylon Schwartz's elimination in seventh place, Day 2 of the 2014 WSOP National Championship is in the books and the televised final table is set. Leading the way is one of the 26 players who bought into this event for $10,000. He is the only player in seven-figure territory and will begin play with 1,422,000. His next closest competitor is another $10,000 buy-in player, two-time bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos. There is a third POY qualifier in the line-up as well. Bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche takes 350,000 to the third and final day of play. He and Ashton also represent the only Europeans to have ever final tabled this event in its four-year history.
This trio of bracelet winners square off against a trio of qualifiers in on a freeroll with nothing to lose. WSOP.com online qualifier Tracy Doss turned a win in an online Knockout tournament in Nevada into a freeroll seat, then parlayed that into a trip to Atlantic City to play for a bracelet. The pizza shop owner comes to the final table third in chips with 546,000 in what will be his very first WSOP-related cash.
The two Circuit representatives are both at-large qualifiers who won their way into this event based on their season-long performance on the tour. Bibb cashed a remarkable 14 times this season, which is the third-most of any of the at-large qualifiers this season. Andrew Robinson, the short stack at the table, has actually cashed in this event before, taking 15th last year. This year, Robinson returned to the event thanks to a season that included two ring wins, one at Horseshoe Bossier City and one at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
The freerollers may be short on chips, but they do have history on their side. In the three years WSOP Player of the Year points qualifiers have been allowed to play in the event, they best they have finished is second place.
Will tomorrow be the day that all changes? Tune in at 12pm ET for all the updates live from the final table, which will be filmed on the Atlantic City Boardwalk for broadcast on ESPN later this year.
Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for the televised final table:
Seat 1: Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 937,000
Seat 2: Chris Bibb - 321,000
Seat 3: Tracy Doss - 546,000
Seat 4: Matthew Ashton - 1,422,000
Seat 5: Andrew Robinson - 157,000
Seat 6: Dominik Nitsche - 350,000