Who will join Christian Harder, Kenny Smaron and Elliot Smith as Main Event winners in the first season of the PokerStars Championship era?
That's the question that will be answered today when PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® kicks off its final day, with six runners remaining out of 727. Michael Kolkowicz, Andrey Bondar, Andreas Klatt, Raffaele Sorrentino, Diego Zeiter, and Maxim Panyak are the players still in contention for €500,800 and the title here in Monaco.
Kolkowicz, a Frenchman, holds the chip lead, but it's still anybody's game as everybody is between 20 and 60 big blinds heading into the final day of the event. Kolkowicz has 4.6 million as blinds will restart at 40,000/80,000/10,000, and the shortest stack belongs to Diego Zeiter (1,780,000), so it's a tightly bunched group indeed.
Klatt, meanwhile, has come out of nowhere to emerge as a breakout player here at PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. He won the PokerStars National Championship here, topping a field of over 1,200, and he has followed that up with this final table run. No matter what happens today, he's a big favorite to score a prize as one of the top players on the MonteDam Swing leaderboard, a special PokerStars promotion in partnership with the WPT.
Cards are in the air at 1 p.m. local time, but the live stream and corresponding PokerNews coverage kicks off at 2 p.m.