Esfandiari, Seidel Crushing WPT Bay 101 Home Stretch

Erik Seidel
Poker legend Erik Seidel is hunting his second WPT title.

The World Poker Tour Bay 101 main event is down to 44 and it's stacked with big names like Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel.

Recent WPT LA Poker Classic runner-up Paul Volpe is currently in the lead.

Volpe took down over $650,000 for second place at the LAPC a couple weeks ago and now he's got another chance at his first WPT title.

And since this Bay 101 main event is the biggest in the history of the WPT, Volpe's got a shot at an enormous $1,138,350 first-place prize.

Day 2 chopped the field down from 255 and a pile of big names made the cut.

Sitting in third is online legend Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron, followed closely by Maria Ho in fifth. Former WPT final-tablist Matt Stout is in ninth while WSOP bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos is in 11th.

Other players to watch still left in this field include Christian Harder (607,000), Kyle Julius (536,000), recent LAPC champ Paul Klann (389,000), Todd Terry (295,000), Jeff Madsen (273,000) and Carlos Mortensen (271,000).

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Here are the top 10 chip counts heading into Day 3:

  • 1. Paul Volpe – 1,394,000
  • 2. Brendon Rubie – 988,000
  • 3. Isaac Baron – 896,000
  • 4. Steve Behm – 854,000
  • 5. Maria Ho – 805,000
  • 6. Antonio Esfandiari – 787,000
  • 7. James Anderson – 770,000
  • 8. Erik Seidel – 751,000
  • 9. Matt Stout – 687,000
  • 10. Jordan Cristos – 672,000

Everyone who has made it this far is guaranteed at least $19,120 with the payouts reaching six-figures at seventh place.

Duhamel, Sexton Among Day 2 Casualties

Over 200 players were eliminated on Day 2, and only 19 of them got a taste of the prize money.

Hitting the rail well before the cash kicked in were a host of big names, including former world champion of poker Jon Duhamel.

The French-Canadian got in a battle of the blinds holding A-J and couldn't win the crucial all-in against the big blind's pocket jacks.

Former WPT winner Shawn Buchanan, who was also a bountied “Shooting Star” in this event, was eliminated by Nick Schulman in a classic all-in preflop race.

Making an early exit with empty pockets was the WPT's own Mike Sexton. Noah Schwartz, Mohsin Charania, Greg Mueller, David “ODB” Baker and Dan Kelly also went bust.

Eliminated but snagging a small piece of the prize pool were Scott Seiver (63rd), Michael Benvenuti (55th), Matt Affleck (52nd), Steve Gross (47th), and Chris DeMaci (45th).

The 2013 WPT Bay 101 main event will play down to a final table today in San Jose. Check our World Poker Tour News Section for the update.

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