The players are being eliminated and the field reduced as we get one day closer to a new champion at World Poker Tour (WPT) Rolling Thunder in Sacramento, California. Day 2 on Monday began with just over 150 players and saw the money bubble burst with the elimination of the 46th-place finisher and continued on until just 18 chipstacks remained.
Bagging up the most chips of those to survive is none other than the most recent WPT Champion, Taylor Paur, who was crowned the victor of WPT Bay 101 just the day before WPT Rolling Thunder began. Ravee Mathi was also on the final table of WPT Bay 101 where he finished sixth, and he finished Day 2 of this event with the third-best stack. Joe Kuether and JJ Liu can also be found among the top 10. Jordan Cristos, Ari Engel, and Darren Elias will return for Day 3 on Tuesday as well.
Unfortunately, our one Canadian hope in Erik Cajelais came to an end shortly after the bubble burst when he was eliminated in 40th place for a min-cash of $6,705.
Other notables whose tournament came to an end on Monday include Mukul Pahuja, Nam Le, Randy Lew, Shawn Cunix, Ryan Riess, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Faraz Jaka, Dylan Wilkerson, Aaron Mermelstein, Allen Kessler, Anthony Zinno, Marvin Rettenmaier, James Calderaro, and Jeff Madsen.
The final 18 will get back at it at noon PT at Thunder Valley Casino and will play until a final table of six has been set. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.