Richard Kircsh ends Day 2 as the chip leader at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event. 673 players entered the Hard Rock Casino today with hopes of making it through one of the biggest Day 2’s in WPT history.
Kircsh finished the day with 1,734,000 chips. Matt Stout, Daniel Navarrete, Julian Thomas, and Barry Hutter followed close behind. When the dust settled at the end of Level 20, 114 players had survived securing a seat in Day 3. The money bubble had burst at 170th place, leaving 56 of the players hitting the rail on Sunday with a bit of consolation.
Here are the top ten stacks heading into Day 3:
The only Canadian to survive Day 2 was Matthew Jarvis. The BC native ended the day 16th in chips with 747,000. Jonathan Roy, Mario Lim, John Krpan, and Paul Klann all busted before the end of play.
According to the WPT Blog, Champions Club member Paul Klann was all in for 32,200 with against an opponent's . The board ran out giving Klann's opponent a flush to score the elimination.
Some top names bagging up their stacks at the end of the night were Eric Afriat, Rep Porter, Garrett Greer, Ty Reiman, WPT POY points leader Mukul Pahuja, Jeff Gross, Champion’s Club members Shawn Cunix, James Calderaro, Noah Schwartz, and Moshin Charania.
Champions Club member Anthony Zinno walked away with the unfortunate title of “bubble boy,” busting in 171st place. Some notables making the money include Matt Salsberg in 115th for $8,361, Nick Schwarmann in 124th for $8,073, GPI POY points leader Keven Stammen in 136th for $7,785, Ryan D’Angelo in 158th for $7,266, and Jake Cody in 165th for $7,093.
Those not so fortunate, busting before the bubble were Mike Sowers, Michael Mizrachi, Mike Sexton, Will Failla, Matthew Waxman, Tuan Le, Scotty Nguyen, Tony Dunst, Phil Laak, Dan Shak, Eugene Katchalov, Jared Jaffee, and Jason Mercier.
Play will resume at noon on Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, scheduled to play down to a final 18. Check back at day’s end to see if Canada’s last hope Matthew Jarvis can make Day 4, and our full Day 3 recap.
*Data and photos courtesy of the WPT Blog.