Jacksonville's Tony Miles was guaranteed a payday of at least $1.8 million when he sat among the final six players at the World Series of Poker on Friday night.
Miles made the cut from nine to the final six Thursday night and began Friday night's session at the Rio in Las Vegas with 57.5 million chips, the fourth-highest total.
The field will be trimmed to the top three during Friday night's play, with a champion crowned late Saturday night.
Miles, who went to high school in Tacoma, Wash., before moving to Jacksonville and attending UNF (he now lives in Lake Mary), is a Seattle Seahawks fan and wore a Russell Wilson jersey to the final table Thursday night.
"He’s always scrambling and fighting for his life. That’s me, dude.” Miles, 32, told PokerNews. “Plus, he runs good.”
The top chip holders heading into Friday night were Michael Dyer of Houston (156.5 million), Nicolas Manion of Muskegon, Mich., (72.2 million) and John Cynn of Indianapolis (61.5 million).
The World Series of Poker field started with 7,874 players. The champion will take home $8.8 million.
Prior to this week's World Series, Miles' top cash was $18,000 in a 2011 event at bestbet Jacksonville.