2014 World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Day 2: Jason James Leads Final Ten

WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

The World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event began with 383 players earlier this weekend, but after 10 levels of play on Sunday's Day 2 the returning 114 players were whittled down to the final 10. Leading the way is Jason James with 2.606 million, which is over a million more than his next closest competitor.

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

1Jason James2,606,000
2Dave Graham1,556,000
3Spiro Mikrogianakis1,455,000
4Peter Labib1,238,000
5Josue Sauvageau1,234,000
6Matthew Lapossie1,171,000
7Dylan Wilkerson982,000
8Howie Leung657,000
9John Boulougouris255,000
10Xiaohu Chen237,000

According to the WPT Live Blog, action recommenced in Level 14 (1,200/2,400/400), and over the next five hours a steady stream of players hit the rail including Pirooz Bayat, Danny Nguyen, Frank Parisi, Elliot Smith, Danny Noseworthy, and Matt Marafioti.

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Matt Marafioti

Marafioti fell in Level 19 (4,000/80,000) when he was all in preflop holding the {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} and up against the {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} of Richard Hutchings. It was a bad spot for Marafioti, and he received no reprieve as the board ran out a dry {8-Hearts}{j-Spades}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs}. Marafioti fell in 48th place, which meant just two more players needed to fall before the money.

The bubble didn't burst until Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000) when a short-stacked Jan Vanderzwaag got all in preflop from early position and was called by Danny Freitas in the small blind.

Vanderzwaag: {a-Spades}{5-Clubs}
Freitas: {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Vanderzwaag got it in good, but a dagger was pushed through his heart when the {q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop delivered Freitas a pair of queens. The {q-Hearts} turn improved Freitas to trips, which meant the {a-Clubs} river was no good for Vanderzwaag, who earned the title of bubble boy.

From there the in-the-money eliminations came fast and furious. They included Anh Van Nguyen (44th - $8,716), Mike Linster (39th - $8,716), Curt Kohlberg (37th - $8,716), Mike Leah (35th - $10,117), Mark Radoja (32nd - $10,117), Steve Tripp (24th - $13,075), Peter Jetten (17th - $16,655), Mike Watson (12th - $23,815), and Shawn Cunix (11th - $23,815).

Watson, a member of the WPT Champions Club, fell in Level 23 (10,000/20,000/3,000) when he raised from the button only to have Josue Sauvageau three-bet from the small blind. The big blind folded, Watson moved all in, and Sauvageau snap-called.

Sauvageau: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}
Watson: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

Watson picked the wrong time to shove as his ten kicker put him in dire straits. The {j-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop paired Sauvageau, but it also gave Watson a Broadway draw. The {a-Spades} turn didn’t change much, and the {3-Diamonds} river officially sent Watson out the door in 12th place. A few minutes later, Cunix, the last of the WPT Champions Club, joined him on the rail and the final 10 were set.

The third and final day will begin at 12:00 ET as the final 10 look to play down to a winner. Who will capture the $326,866 first-place prize? Be sure to check back on Tuesday for a full recap of the action.

*Lead photo courtesy of WPT Blog.

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