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Klann, JJProdigy Head Final 44 at WPT Spring Championship
Just 44 players remain after Day 2 at the WPT Spring Championship in Montreal with Paul Klann in the chip lead and former Internet lightning rod Josh "JJProdigy" Field close behind.
Klann, who earlier in March won the WPT LA Poker Classic for over $1 million, piled up a massive stack of 1,793,000 on Day 2 to seize control of the leaderboard.
He has a roughly 400k lead on second-place Jonathan Bardier and about 700k on Field, one of the more intriguing players still left in the tourney.
A big winner online before being banned for playing underage, mutli-accounting, ghosting and more, Field was heavily scorned by the community but still makes rare appearances at live events.
He's made good use of his buy-in in Montreal so far, running up a stack of 1,078,000 to sit third overall heading into Day 3.
Raghavan, Hamnett, Harder Still Battling
Plenty of tough outs still block Klann's path to a second WPT title this season with at least three former WPT champs still alive.
Ravi Raghavan, winner of the WPT Five Diamond Classic in December, is in the top 10 with 682,000 while Ben Hamnett, winner of the WPT Borgata Open last year, is right behind with 661,000.
Last week's winner of the WPT bestbet Open in Jacksonville, Mike Linster, is still alive with 407,000.
Notable pro Christian Harder also survived to see Day 3 with a stack of 441,000.
The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Paul Klann 1,793,000
- 2. Jonathan Bardier 1,356,000
- 3. Josh Field 1,078,000
- 4. Amirmasoud Babakhani 925,000
- 5. Brian Beggs 851,000
- 6. Danny Suied 820,000
- 7. Jason Duval 805,000
- 8. Derek Lerner 775,000
- 9. Robin Bergren 741,000
- 10. Ravi Raghavan 682,000
Notables to bust out in the money yesterday included Chanracy Khun (52nd - $8,591), Will Molson (55th - $7,124), Matt "ch0ppy" Kay (60th - $7,124), Jeff Gross (65th - $6,076) and Shannon Shorr (71st - $6,076).
Action picks up again from the Playground Poker Club in Montreal at 11 am local time; follow along with the live updates at WPT.com.