Norwegian poker player Espen Myrmo holds a commanding chip lead over the remaining 9 players at the Waitangi Deepstacks Championship main event Final Table at Auckland casino.

134 poker players put up $1,100 to enter one of New Zealand's biggest poker tournament which generated a prizepool of $134,000, with $40k going to first.

After two full days of play Myrmo holds 1,079,500 in chips, nearly three times as many as New Zealand's Sarah Saifi who sits in second with 343,500.

They will both need to keep an eye on Te Rangi Matenga, who sits in fourth and won the Sky City Festival of Poker Main Event in 2015, and came third in the same tournament in 2016.


The Main Event champion will take home $40,000, while 10th will recieve $3,470.

The final table will start play at 2pm today.

Other events today:

12.15pm - Event 7: $550 NLH Bounty
3pm - Event 8: $50 NLH Flipout.

Chip counts:

1st Espen Myrmo 1,079,500.00
2nd Sarah Saifi 343,500.00
3rd Wally Lee 250,500.00
4th Te Rangi Matenga 242,000.00
5th Matthew Stark 237,000.00
6th Jacko Efaraimo 139,500.00
7th Te Ratana Mair 124,000.00
8th Dean Moore 113,000.00
9th John Parker 107,000.00
10th Rohin Rup 49,500.00

11th: Jay Gilbert Walks - $2,670
12th: Urupene Poona - $2,270

1st: $40k
2nd: $26,260
3rd: $25,800
4th: $12,660
5th: $10,180
6th: $6,570
7th: $5,360
8th: $4,680
9th: $3,380
10th: $3,470