Three players in the final eight call the Isle of Man home and they include the chip leader. When play restarts at noon tomorrow Paren Arzoomanian, who works in Poker Room Management for PokerStars, will be the one sitting with the biggest stack. He’ll start with 2,257,000 and a lead of some 25 big blinds over his nearest challenger.
The 31 year-old, who is originally from Sydney, is no office boy who dreams of giving up the day job to play poker, this is a professional poker player who gave up the day job to work for PokerStars. Before he did though he’d ticked off the ‘win a major poker tournament’ lifetime achievement. In 2009 he won the ANZPT Sydney Main Event for a staggering A$ 246,500 ($174,186). He played this tournament last year too and finished 35th for £2,000. If he wins tomorrow he’ll cash for over 13 times that as first prize is £26,600. He’s not the first PokerStars employee to go deep in this event with Chris Jonat (4th, 2013) and Ian Marmion (11th, 2014) the standard bearers.
This is how the final table shapes up:
|1||Christopher Swinden||Isle of Man||PokerStars Player||515,000|
|3||John Lawson||Isle of Man||1,210,000|
|4||Daniel Stacey||United Kingdom||PokerStars Qualifier||1,714,000|
|5||Rodger Reynolds||United Kingdom||715,000|
|6||Michael Fletcher||United Kingdom||911,000|
|7||James Walsh||Ireland||PokerStars Player||220,000|
|8||Paren Arzoomanian||United Kingdom||2,257,000|
To learn a bit more about the final eight click here.
The nearest challenger to Arzoomanian when play begins at noon tomorrow will be a player who knows what it’s like to make a final table in this event. Back in 2013 Dan Stacey finished sixth here and will be hoping to do better than that tomorrow. He was near the top of the chip counts for much of the day and had that potent combination of winning lots of small pots and then holding up in the big pots that mattered.
His aces held in a sizeable pot against Scott Byron’s pocket kings and he won a 1,600,000 pot with tens against ace-king pot to eliminate Nick Smith in 13th place. He was the first player to breach the two million chip mark before falling back to an end of day 1,714,000.
When the unofficial final of nine started it was James Walsh who was the shortest. The Irishman had just over seven big blinds to his name, whilst Craig Sewell was next in the firing line with a stack of 17 big blinds and it would be he who blinked first.
His open shove with pocket eights was called by Michael Fletcher with A♠Q♥ the Q♦4♦7♠J♣9♣ board connected with Fletcher’s overcards and ended play for the day.
Moreira de Melo’s exit meant that she was denied a UKIPT5 Isle of Man hat-trick, having finished in the money in both previous Isle of Man Main Events.
David Hill was the Isle of Man’s best performer in Season 4 as he finished third in the Main Event and he racked up another cash this time round before falling in 20th. The Irish contingent has been a bit thin on the ground at this event but one of their best, David Lappin, scored another UKIPT Main Event cash and his highest finish to date before departing in 19th.
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