Roberts, Pillai, Parker Leading at WPT Parx Open

Brock Parker
Brock Parker.

Brent Roberts and WSOP bracelet winners Shankar Pillai and Brock Parker are leading the way with just 47 players left at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic.

Roberts, a Staten Island pro with over $1 million in live tournament earnings, holds the outright lead heading into Day 3 today with 749,500 in chips.

Pillai, who won his bracelet in 2007, and Parker, who won two bracelets in 2009, sit just back of Roberts with 731,500 and 726,500 respectively.

The money bubble has just been cracked so the race for the final table will begin in earnest tomorrow with an elite field chasing the three leaders.

Gregg, Bari, Ramdin All in Contention

Allen Bari
Allen Bari

With a $3,500 buy-in plus a shot at re-entry if you busted Day 1a, the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic drew a massive field of 500 players over the course of two Day 1s.

Given Parx Casino's East Coast location and host Matt Glantz, it also drew a star-studded field and the remaining players are a reflection.

Anthony Gregg, PCA MAin Event runner-up in 2009 and sixth-place finisher in the same event last year, bagged up 656,500 and sits in fourth.

Allen Bari (436,500), Russell Thomas (351,000), PokerStars pro Victor Ramdin (304,000), Paul Volpe (250,000), Steve Brecher (173,000), Chris "Genius28" Lee (161,000), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (143,000) and Allen Kessler (137,000) will also take the felt for Day 3.

With the massive turnout and re-entries, the inflated prize pool has also created an impressive $416,127 payout for the winner and $244,877 for the runner-up. The winner will also receive a $25k seat in the WPT Championship next year.

Action picks up again at 12 pm ET with the intention of playing down to the final 27 players and possibly beyond.

Tune in to the Parx Poker Blog for live updates from the tables.

Full payout schedule for the remaining players below:

  • 1: $416,127 (Includes seat in WPT Championship)
  • 2: $244,877
  • 3: $158,450
  • 4: $108,034
  • 5: $76,824
  • 6: $61,619
  • 7: $47,215
  • 8: $33,611
  • 9: $24,008
  • 10-12: $18,406
  • 13-15: $14,405
  • 16-18: $12,004
  • 19-27: $10,403
  • 28-36: $8,803
  • 37-45: $7,202
  • 46-54: $6,402

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