Michael Gentili Leads 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $5,000 Main Event Final Table

There were 16 players at the start of Day 5 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $5,000 Main Event. They had the challenging task to set the official six-handed final table. And setting the final table of a Main Event usually takes quite some time. The case was slightly different on Friday when the remaining hopefuls needed less than 5 levels of play to determine the 6 finalists.

Michael Gentili, the Canadian player who led the final 16 into Day 5 of the tournament, not only secured a seat into the final table but also a top position on the chip counts chart. The player counted a stack of 6,175,000 in chips after the last hand for Friday night was played.

Gentili does not boast any significant poker accomplishments, aside from his second-place finish in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em during the 2016 WSOP edition. However, this does not mean that he is not deserving of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event title. Actually, the player has demonstrated excellent skills and stoicism over the past several days. On Thursday, when Day 4 of the Main Event was played, Gentili managed to emerge from the short stack into the chip leader. As it could be seen, the player retained his momentum on Friday.

A quick look at the chip counts table shows that Gentili is closely followed by US player Christian Harder with 5,985,000 in chips. The two players exchanged the chip lead several times over the course of the day, but the Canadian prevailed in the end.

Out of all six finalists, Cliff Josephy (pictured) is probably the best recognized one. Two and a half months ago, the player finished 3rd in the 2016 WSOP $10,000 Main Event, scooping a payout of almost $3.5 million.

As mentioned above, Day 5 action unfolded quickly as the first elimination for the day occurred on the second hand. Two popular poker pros – Jason Mercier and former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess, fell shortly after. Play started at noon local time and it was around 8 pm when the field was reduced to just six players and the official final table was set.

Final day play is set to begin today at 1 pm local time. The six finalists will play down to a champion – the first-ever PokerStars Championship champion. The winner will collect a first-place prize of $480,012. All six survivors are secured with a six-figure payout.

Chip Counts:

Michael Gentili (Canada) – 6,175,000
Christian Harder (United States) – 5,985,000
Aleksei Opalikhin (Russia) – 4,590,000
Michael Vela (United States) – 1,755,000
Rasmus Glæsel (Denmark) – 1,560,000
Cliff Josephy (United States) – 1,240,000

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