The $5 million World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown played down to the final 18 players on Monday, leaving Ryan Rivers as the last Canadian still competing for a spot in the WPT Champions Club.
Day 3 of the $3,500 tournament in Florida saw 92 players return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to try and make it to the final 18. Everyone returning Monday was already deep in the cash, and it didn't take long for the bustouts to begin. First blood was drawn within 15 minutes of cards in the air, when Evan Panesis shoved his 10 big blinds with against Praveen Ponnaganti's . Panesis looked good with a dominating hand preflop, but was sent to the rail when Ponnaganti hit his .
Three Canadians made it through Day 2, with John Krpan leading the Canadian contingent with 670,000 chips to start the day. Ryan Chamas and Ryan Rivers rounded out the Canadians, coming back on Day 3 with 360,000 and 299,000 chips respectively.
By the end of Day 3, only Rivers was left standing to wave the red and white, finishing the day with over 3,000,000 in chips. Top Canadian from Day 2, John Krpan, was the first Canadian to bust Monday, finishing the tournament in 70th place for a cash of $10,250. Ryan Chamas made it a little farther, cashing out for $18,600 in 35th place.
Some of the other notable cashes on Monday are as follows:
|Vince Van Patten||27||$22,100|
At the end of Day 3, the person bagging the largest stack was Eli Levy, sitting on a massive stack of 6,285,000. The only other player over 6 million chips is Griffin Paul with 6,055,000. Canada's Rivers sits fourth going into the final 18, which also includes notable players like Mohsin Charania (1,435,000), Cornel Cimpan (1,100,000), and Dan Heimiller (500,000).
Play is set to resume on Tuesday at noon and the plan is to play down to the final table of six. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action to see if our single Canadian hope is still battling for the title.
Details courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.