Day 3 is complete, the money bubble has burst, and Canadian poker pro Mike Leah is second in chips at the World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic. The day began with 120 hopefuls but, by the end of play, the field was narrowed to 43. The players reached the money with the elimination of Mike Eskandari in 64th place.
A strong Canadian contingent took to the felt on Monday and some big guns made it through. Mike Leah leads the charge with 1,185,000 chips, sitting among the top stacks. Greg Mueller (695,000), Daniel Negreanu (348,000), and Shawn Buchanan (257,000) are also in good shape.
The man everyone will be chasing on Day 4 is Peter Tran. Tran built the biggest stack, bagging 1,369,000. Leah, Peter Neff (1,034,000), Curt Kohlberg (990,000), and Edward Ochana (831,000) round out the top five.
Some notable survivors include Eddy Sabat, Niall Farrell, Chris Klodnicki, David Sands, Scott Seiver, Joe Serock, Connor Drinan, Anthony Zinno, and Erik Seidel.
The day did not end so well for most. Some were able to at least leave with some prize money. Darren Elias (46th — $22,660), Matthew Waxman (48th — $22,660), Ryan Fee (52nd — $22,660), and Ryan Laplante (58th — $19,050) all left with some consolation. Others less fortunate to leave with nothing were B.C. natives Paul Klann and Jason Mann. Joining them were also Jonathan Jaffe, Joe Hachem, Marvin Rettenmaier, JC tran, Igor Kurganov, James Carroll, and David Baker.
Play is set to resume at noon PT on Tuesday for Day 4 action. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as we follow the Canadian grinders in their hunt for a WPT title and a $1,015,860 first-place prize.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.