Andrew 'Chewy' Lichtenberger is top dog with just one day to go in the WPT World Championships, which has a top prize of $5.6 million.

There are just six players left in the $10,000-entry World Poker Tour World Championships Main Event. Heading towards a top prize of $5.67 million and one of the biggest major titles of the year in the lead is Andrew ‘Chewy’ Lichtenberger, who shares the final half-dozen with other stars of the felt such as British poker heroes Ben Heath and Chris Moorman. One day stands between the remaining players and a monumental title that will be won at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

Final Two Tables Produce Huge Drama

With 16 players beginning the penultimate day’s play, players knew that for their dream to continue to the final day, ten players needed to lose their stacks. That bust-out bonanza began and players jostled for position behind the leaders. One of the early movers in the right direction was British player Carl Shaw, who took out Henrique Zanetti in 15th place. Shaw’s 9c9s held against Zanetti’s AcKs as the board of Jd5c4h8s6h kept the made pair in front, leaving Zanetti to head to the rail with a cash of $291,700.

Lithuanian player Paulius Vaitiekanus busted in 14th as Chris Moorman continued his fine run in this series. The British player called the Lithuanian’s shove and had the best of it when he did so, holding AcKc to Vaitiekanus’ Ah9c. The board of 6s6h3dJhQh provided no respite for Vaitiekanus and he busted short of the final dozen for $363,300.

While Shaw and Moorman were crushing, so too as British poker high roller Ben Heath. As all three Brits continued to dominate the chipcounts, Shaw even moved temporarily ahead of Andrew ‘Chewy’ Lichtenberger, but that feat was not to last. Ade Olonoh (13th for $363,300) was next to go, losing with aces to Daniel Sepiol’s pocket tens after a painful ten on the river. The final dozen were set, with half their number needing to be eliminated before play ended for the night.

Lucky Chewy Gets the Max from Min

Some poker tournaments turn on one hand, where the player who doesn’t have the chips suddenly does. For Chewy, that hand he looks back on may well be the one played against Jason Min. On a flop of Jd7h5d, Chewy managed to four-bet jam with 5c5h and get a call from Min with QcJc. The 9h turn and 6c river changed nothing and from having 28 million at the start of the hand, just 35 big blinds, Chewy suddenly had double the amount at just the right time. Chewy would bust Min with ace-queen holding against ace-jack moments later to pile up 88 big blinds as Min cashed for $456,500.

Russian poker boss Artur Martirosian made either the fold of the tournament or a terrible lay-down at the wrong time after ditching a turned full house of jacks full of queens when put to the test by Sepiol.

“I am pretty sure you have aces,” said the Russian, with an ace having come in the window. We’ll never know if he was right or wrong, Sepiol mucking his cards, but it kept Martirosian’s hopes of glory alive that little while longer and you can’t put a price on hope.

Meanwhile, on the other table, Moorman was crushing. He took out the moody-looking but brilliant Maxime Chilaud in 11th place for $456,500. Soon after, Chewy claimed another scalp, getting John Richards when pocket aces easily swatted aside Richards’ king-ten. Chewy was up to 99 big blinds and if he had any problems at all, the chip lead wasn’t one.

Final Nine Play Down to Six

That elimination of Richards saw Chewy enter the nine-handed unofficial final table with the lead, and with his nearest challenger being Chris Moorman with 72 big blinds (some 27 blinds behind him) Chewy certainly had the power when play began. He busted Ben Jacobs when the latter shoved with KcKs and was called by Chewy with AcQc. An ace on the flop did the damage and as Jacobs consoled himself with a score of $566,900, the field was down to seven.

Mark Mounsey had led the field not long ago in tournament terms but left in 8th place for $721,600. All-in with TcTh he couldn’t overtake Chewy’s AhAc as an ace-high flop led to Mounsey’s ultimate elimination by the turn. Not long afterwards, Moorman took out his fellow British player Carl Shaw, as Td9d outran AdKd, a board of 8d6h6c7cKh saw Moorman hit a straight on the turn as he bagged second spot on the leaderboard and Shaw left with $928,900.

Here’s how Chewy reacted to a great night at the felt.

With six players of huge repute returning in tomorrow’s grand final, you can watch what happened on Day 6 of the WPT World Championships in full right here:

2023 WPT World Championships Main Event Final Table Chipcounts:
Place Winner Country Chips
1st Andrew Lichtenberger United States 148,200,000
2nd Chris Moorman United Kingdom 88,300,000
3rd Georgios Sotiropoulos Greece 46,200,000
4th Ben Heath United Kingdom 36,700,000
5th Daniel Sepiol United States 34,300,000
6th Artur Martirosian Russia 29,400,000