Two Drunks and a Machine Lead WPT Final Table

Scotty_nguyenThe WPT couldn’t have asked for a (potentially) more entertaining final table.

Former WSOP ME champion and all-time great Scotty Nguyen will sit down as the big stack when final table play kicks off today for the WPT World Poker Open in Tunica.  If Scotty wins the title, we’re pretty sure the Michelob AmberBock he gets toasted with for the win won’t be the first beer he’s had all day…he’ll probably already be toasted.  Gotta love Scotty.

Same could go for Gavin Smith.  Although we’ll have whatever that crazy canuck is drinking, because with over $2 mil in tournament earnings (and a WPT title) since 2003, he continues to show his wicked poker chops

Grinder_1_1Another WPT winner joins Smith at the final table, and he’s actually a machine.  Seriously.  It’s on his hat.  It must be true.  Michael Mizrachi, continuing a truly impressive tournament year, will sit down with the second biggest stack.

Joining the group as the fourth largest stack is respected pro An Tran, who has almost $1.5 mil in tournament earnings.  Raul Paez has the third largest stack and has cashed in two other events at this year’s World Poker Open.  And while the short-stack at the table, Bau Le, has the smallest career tournament earnings of the group, he has also cashed twice at this year’s World Poker Open, including a $124k win in the $1,500 NLH event.

According to Poker Wire, chip counts for the final table are: 1) Scotty Nguyen – 2,144,000, 2) Michael "The Grinder’ Mizrachi" – 1,271,000, 3) Raul Paez – 862,000, 4) An Tran – 845,000, 5) Gavin Smith – 774,000, 6) Bau Le – 645,000.

*Scotty Nguyen photo from Poker Royalty.


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