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Chino Rheem made another final table on the World Poker Tour. He's the chip leader at the WPT Shooting Star at Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, CA. Rheem holds three WPT titles and he's tied with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Darren Elias for most career WPT wins. Can he pull off a fourth crown? Also at the final table are... Rainer Kempe, Paul Volpe, Sam Panzica, Tony Spinella, and Dennis Stevemer. First plays pays out $1,373,000.

Chino trying for 4

Chino is making a run! You know what that means? There's a caravan of debtors from SoCal and Vegas headed to San Jose as we speak. They're all rooting for Chino Rheem to win his fourth-career WPT title, which would put him out front with most career WPT wins. With nearly $1.4 million at stake, there's a ton to sweat tonight in San Jose.

Just a couple of weeks ago in Niagara Falls, Darren Elias won his third WPT title. That win in Canada propelled Elias into a rare club of three-time WPT champions with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Chino Rheem.

Chino shipped two WPT titles at the Bellagio in Vegas and won his third down in Hollywood, Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Now he's on the verge of winning his fourth.

Only five other players stand in Chino's way from winning the WPT Shooting Star at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, CA. This year's record-setting field at Bay 101 included 806 entrants. The total prize pool topped $5.7 million. The top 81 places got a cut with nearly $1.4M for the champ. Not to mention Shooting Star bounties along the way.

Chino heads into the final table with a 10.6M stack, or nearly 3x as his closest competitor. A couple of notables made the final table including 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champ Rainer Kempe, Paul Volpe, Tony Spinella, Dennis Stevemer, and Sam Panzica.

Notables who went deep and cashed in this event included Kevin MacPhee (10th), Neil Blumenfield (12th), David Williams (16th), Matt Affleck (17th), Mike Sexton (22nd), Garrett Greer (23rd), Dan O'Brien (29th), Mike McClain (30th), Charlie Carrel (32nd), Christian Harder (34th), Pratyush Buddiga (35th), Bernard Lee (39th), Jim Collopy (40th), Eddy Sabat (42nd), Paul Tedeschi (56th), Chance Kornuth (57th), Jon Turner (58th), Noah Schwartz (61st), Joe Serock (68th), Tom Marchese (72nd), Jeff Gross (79th), and Matt Stout (81st).

The final table kicks off at 4pm local time. There is no livestream or webcast. Follow live blogging updates over at WPT's website.

WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star

Buy-in: $7,500

Prize Pool: $5,722,600

Entrants: 806

Payouts: 81

 

Final Table Payouts:

1. $1,373,000

2. $786,610

3. $521,660

4. $349,610

5. $243,090

6. $188,460

 

Final Table Chip Counts:

Chino Rheem – 10,650,000

Rainer Kempe – 3,700,000

Sam Panzica – 3,200,000

Paul Volpe – 3,005,000

Anthony Spinella – 2,635,000

Dennis Stevermer – 980,000

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