While the venerable World Poker Finals trumps most of the other hyperbolically named tournaments on the T.J. Cloutier, Victor Ramdin, who joined East Coast stalwarts Joseph "Joey the B" Brooks, Will "The Thrill" Failla and Svetlana "Glum Girl" Gromenkova in taking aim at defending champ Patel, who as it turned out came back gunning for a repeat performance.
Those 346 souls and their hard-earned $10,000 would combine to create a prize pool totaling $3,230,014, of which 40 lucky survivors will partake. Fortieth through 28th will take home $22,610, with the final table guaranteed six figures and second place earning $558,792.
First place will garner $967,390, a substantial decrease from last year and just a wheeze and a gasp short of that magical (and TV-friendly) seven-figure payday. If you add in the $25,500 seat to the WPT Championship you get there and anyway, size isn't everything (or so they say, although in this case, like every other, it actually is).
Right, so as we mentioned above, the tournament has been divided into six days, with the entirety of the field congregating in the Sunset Ballroom for Day 1 at noon today for the first of three five-level days after which point, presumably, we'll all take two days to explore the grounds before returning to the final table (or we'll continue play, depending on how many survivors remain, and with $30,000 starting stacks we may actually have some work to do on Days 4 and 5).
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The self-proclaimed Unluckiest Man in Poker, Allen Kessler, would find himself unable to muster a second kick at the Foxwoods Poker Classic can after he got his short stack all-in with A-K against an opponent with pocket jacks. Despite catching mad outs with overcards and a gut-shot and flush draw on the turn, Kessler couldn't make it stick on the river and was busto.
The defending champ, meanwhile, was making an early run at a back-to-back performance at the Foxwoods Poker Classic. Midway through the day's penultimate level, Raj Patel had managed to amass more than four times the average stack and a credible claim at the chip lead after engineering a succession of eliminations when his big pairs held and his medium pairs hit sets.
Patel would end the day chip leader with $192,050 to his name, with 218 other survivors trailing in his wake. Among those lurking near the top of the leaderboard are Paul Snead and Brock Parker, each with about $180,000, as well as Barry Greenstein ($156,200), Erick Lindgren ($131,800) and Five Diamonds champ Eugene Katchalov ($105,525).
Action will resume tomorrow at noon Eastern from the bowels of Foxwoods, with plans in place for another five-level adventure before the night is out. As usual, PokerListings.com will be lighting the fires, kicking the tires and requesting flybys on an as-required basis. You can be our wingman any time.
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