Lavallee, a predominately online pro from Montreal, has the slight edge with 5,545,00 in chips but Lacay is breathing right down his neck with 5,366,000.
Both dominated much of the action at their tables today and seem to be at the top of their games heading into the final day.
With a 2-million chip lead over third place Jason Tompkins, the top prize is theirs to lose although as always with a final table anything can happen.
Tompkins Holds Steady, Bojang Moves Up
Irishman Tompkins, who held the chip lead coming into the day, managed to hold on to most of chips over the day and stay just off the pace of Lavallee and Lacay.
Starting the day with 2.4 million, Tompkins increased his stack to 3.6 million and is still in contention for his first major tour title.
WPT final-table experience will help Lavallee.
Right behind Tompkins is German Ismael Bojang, a frequent tourney casher with some nice scores to his credit but acking a big-time title on his resume. Bojang will start the day in 4th with 2,845,000.
Rounding out the final eight is an international mix of players including Polish amateur Adrian Piasecki, Italian Angelo Recchia, American pro Micah Raskin and Russian Artem Litvinov.
Raskin and Litvinov are both experienced pros with late-stage tourney experience but may be too short-stacked to make much happen.
The final eight and chip stacks going into tomorrow:
- 1, Jason Lavallee 5,545,000
- 2. Ludovic Lacay 5,366,000
- 3. Jason Tompkins 3,605,000
- 4. Ismael Bojang 2,845,000
- 5. Adrian Piasecki 2,045,000
- 6. Angelo Recchia 1,755,000
- 7. Micah Raskin 1,550,000
- 8. Artem Litvinov 800,000
Notables to make the final 24 but hit the rail today were Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who finished in 21st for €23,000 and Matt Salsberg, who busted in 16th for €27,000.
Action resumes in San Remo at 3 pm CET tomorrow; follow the live updates and watch the live stream with cards exposed on PokerStars.tv.