Arieh leads $50k Poker Players Championship final table as Ivey falls

The 2019 Poker Players Championship final table is set as the 74-player field has come down to the final six contenders. The remaining contenders will battle it out on Friday 28 June with the $1,099,311 top-prize and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy on the line.

United States’ Josh Arieh currently leads the table with 6,220,000 chips. Arieh led the tournament after Day 1, stayed in the top five after Day 2, and trailed only Phil Ivey heading into Day 4. Ivey’s session at the table was a Thursday to forget as he was eliminated.

Bryce Yockey heads into the final day in second place with 4,465,000 chips, followed by Phillip Hui (4,135,000) and John Esposito (3,630,000). Shaun Deeb (2,485,000) and Dan Cates (1,260,000) make up the final six.

Arieh first approached the 6-million mark after he picked off Dario Sammartino in pot-limit omaha in which he flopped threes full of eights. Bryce Yockey took over the chip lead for a brief stint, but Arieh soon re-established himself as the leader where he ended the day.

None of the final six players have previously made it this far. Deeb had notched two PPC cashes in his career with a seventh place in 2017 being his best performance. Arieh has made the money once before, finishing 13th back in 2011.