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WPT finals TV taping tonight

 It's show time: The World Poker Tour main event being played in Hollywood is down to the final six players, meaning the bright lights really get cranked up, Mike Sexton will be breaking down every hand and the Royal Flush Girls will be in their best outfits.

  The main event, which began Thursday, narrowed down to six at about 10 p.m. Monday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Doors open at around 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Hard Rock Live for limited seating for the TV taping; those who don't get in can wait in the venue's lobby and see the TV feed, and they'll eventually get a seat. (Fans file in and out.) There's also a concession stand open.

  I expected it to be an easier seat than in the past two years, when we had Hard Rock regulars making the final table, creating local interest.

  This one will be more about poker.

The chip leader is Kevin Eyster, with 5,680,000.

Seat 1. Daniel Letts - 1,665,000 (41 bb)
Seat 2. Paul Dlugozima - 4,470,000 (111 bb)
Seat 3. Kevin Eyster - 5,680,000 (142 bb)
Seat 4. Jeff Madsen - 1,385,000 (34 bb)
Seat 5. Ben Tarzia - 2,380,000 (59 bb)
Seat 6. Zo Karim - 685,000 (17 bb)

According to, among those to drop along the way were:  Faraz Jaka (ninth), Ben Hamnett (10th place), Tony Ruberto (12th place), Matt Salsberg (13th place), Doug Lee (14th place), and Matt Giannetti (21st place). Since he finished higher than 18th place today, Salsberg took the lead over Paul Volpe in the WPT Season XI Player of the Year race with three tournaments left to play, according to the WPT.

The tournament will air in three one-hour segments this summer on Fox Sports Net. In addition to tonight's poker play, they'll have a short item on the O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 charity tournament Monday night (I'll write that up later) and coverage of the first days of poker, including the play of local Ebony Kenney, who finished 30th in the field of 542, winning, $14,011.



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