Allen “AawwNutz” Carter may become the first player to win the same World Poker Tour (WPT) twice by the end of tonight’s final table at the Southern Poker Championship.
The WPT is now into its ninth season but has never had a tournament won by the same player twice. Allen Carter won the Southern Poker Championship in 2009 and has a chance of doing that in 2011 as he enters the final table of this year’s edition wielding the second largest stack.
There is $601,000 first place prize at stake and with a WPT final table being only six-handed, Carter must feel he is in a with decent chance of taking it down. The players to be eliminated first will take home $89,000 while the second place winner will receive $315,790; there is $218,471 for third; $144,985 for fourth and the second person to be eliminated will already have made over 100,00 dollars, as the fifth place prize is $113,208.
The chip leader going in to the final table was Russian professional player Alexander Kuzmin who has a string of tournament cashes to his name that dates back to 2002. His sixth place in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event at last year’s World Series Of Poker (WSOP) earned him $104,364 and that came only six days after winning over $50,000 in the WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.
Kuzmin and Carter both entered the ring with over 1.9 million in chips.
The Southern Poker Championship takes place in its traditional setting at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Last year’s event was won by sponsored professional Hoyt Corkins who exited this years contest in 19th place to take home $18,000. His triumph last year earned him $739,000 and can boast almost $3.5 million in career WPT earnings.
At the time of writing, Kuzimn had dropped to around one million in chips whilst Carter had risen to the grand sum of 2.5 million with the fall of Ryan Hughes in sixth place.