Alexander Lakhov Marches Into Global Casino Championship Final Table as Chip Leader

This year’s WSOP Global Casino Championship started off with 124 hopefuls vying for the first-place prize of $296,941, the gold bracelet, and the accolades that go along with taking down the prestigious event.

There are only six players left after two days of action-packed play at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. The six survivors will clash against each other today at the televised final table. The players will have the responsible task to determine the big champion and to thus officially conclude the WSOP Circuit’s 2016/2017 season.

As mentioned above, the field of this year’s Global Casino Championship originally counted 124 people. Of those, 115 qualified for the tournament by either winning the Main Event or becoming the Casino Champion at each of the stops throughout the past WSOP Circuit season. The other nine participants bought into the tournament.

Eventually, the Global Casino Championship generated a prize pool of $1,090,000. The money was split in payouts for the top 19 finishers. The bubble burst on Day 2 of the tournament, seeing Germany’s Roman Schafer scoop a minimum payout of $14,084.

The six remaining players will be led by Russian player Alexander Lakhov. He will began final-day play with a total of 1,463,000 in chips and with a massive lead over his other five opponents. Lakhov secured his seat into the Global Casino Championship by becoming the Casino Champion at King’s Casino Rozvadov. The popular Czech gambling venue hosted a stop on the WSOP International Circuit schedule late in 2016.

During the King’s Casino festival, Lakhov cashed in three different tournaments, including the €1,650 Main Event, and even won one of them. The player took down the €660 Bounty Hunter for his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and a €10,444 cash. His overall WSOP winnings currently amount to more than $120,000.

Lakhov will face Sean Yu (935,000), Jesse Cohen (489,000), Jason Mercier (364,000), Joshua Reichard (261,000), and Dylan Linde (208,000). Four of the other five finalists had won a free entry into the event. Jason Mercier, the Florida-based poker pro whom we know for being the winner of some of the world’s biggest tournaments, is the only remaining finalist to have bought into this year’s Global Casino Championship.

Play is set to resume today at noon local time and to continue up until the name of this year’s winner becomes clear. The tournament will be filmed and will be broadcast at a later stage.

Last year, Said El Yousfi bested competition from all around the world to win the 2016 edition of the Global Casino Championship. Here it is interesting to note that the tournament was introduced in its current form namely in 2016. Prior to that, the National Casino Championship had included only players from the WSOP Circuit’s domestic stops.

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