The $5 million World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown has narrowed the field a little further and is one day closer to finding the newest inductee to the WPT Champions Club.
Day 2 of the $3,500 tournament in Florida saw 554 players return to the felt with their bags of chips to try to survive through the money bubble and to the end of the day. With 150 players to earn a payout, there was plenty of play before the bubble approached, but it was reached before the day's end, as only 92 players remained by the end of 10 levels of play when action shut down for the night.
When play resumed on Sunday, there was some great Canadian talent in the field. Ryan Rivers (226,900), Jonathan Duhamel (161,900), Erik Cajelais (153,100), John Krpan (128,000), Nenad Medic (123,000), Amir Babakhani (114,700) Matt Salsberg (79,000), Francois Goulet (64,600), Eric Afriat (62,000), Ami Alibay (48,800), Sorel Mizzi (46,500), and Rayan Chamas (31,000) were all keeping the hope alive for our nation when Day 2 began.
By the end of the day, John Krpan had risen to the top of the Canadian contenders, bagging 670,000 chips. Rayan Chamas also had chips to give him a spot on Day 3, stacking up 360,000, as did Ryan Rivers (299,000). The rest of the Canadians fell before the day's completion.
Only Matt Salsberg received cash so far, earning $7,100 for finishing 133rd. Eric Afriat, Ami Alibay, Amir Babakhani, Erik Cajelais, Jonathan Duhamel, Francois Goulet, Nenad Medic, and Sorel Mizzi were all eliminated before the money.
Leading the pack overall is Raj Vohra with 1,675,000 chips. He will be joined by other notable players like Mohsin Charania (860,000), Jared Jaffee (787,000), Vince Van Patten (608,000), Andy Hwang (569,000), David Peters (498,000), Faraz Jaka (431,000), and others.
Play is set to resume on Monday at noon and the plan is to play down to the final 18 players. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action to see if our three Canadian hopes are still battling for the title.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.