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Schwartz, Aguiar Contend at WPT Jacksonville
Just 28 players are left heading into Day 3 at WPT Jacksonville with several notables still in the hunt including Noah Schwartz and Jonathan Aguiar.
Schwartz, a South Florida native who always seems to do well near his home turf, sits just off the chip lead with 916,000.
Schwartz trails Joe "BigEgypt" Elpayaa by just 8,000 chips as they head for the final table today.
Also right in the mix in the top 10 are pros Justin Zaki (646,000), recent WSOPE bracelet winner Jonathan Aguiar (604,000), 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener (593,000) and 2012 EPT Grand Final champ Mohsin Charania (578,000).
Daryll Fish, Todd Terry and Lee Markholt are also still alive.
Negreanu, Hellmuth Make the Trip
For a $3,500 buy-in with no TV coverage at the relatively small Best Bet Casino in Jacksonville, the tournament certainly drew some marquee names.
Both Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth made appearances with varying levels of success.
Negreanu looked to be heading for contention with a big stack after Day 1b but things fizzled for him yesterday and he went out just before the money.
Hellmuth busted on Day 1a and meant to re-enter on Day 1b but played an epic session of Open-Face Chinese and overslept right through registration.
Waxman, Hastings Cash
While the two biggest names in the tournament didn't make too much noise several others filled in admirably.
Former WPT champ Matt Waxman made another run at a Florida final table but busted in 37th for $7,632.
High-stakes notable Brian "$tinger 88" Hastings cashed for the same amount in 38th while former PCA champ Harrison Gimbel did likewise in 43rd.
Chris Klodnicki, Matt Stout, Victor Ramdin, Ronnie Bardah, Octo-Niner Rob Salaburu, Shaun Deeb and former November Niner Matt Giannetti also made solid runs, busting in the top 60.
$402,970 awaits the winner. Action resumes at 12 noon in Jacksonville to play down to a final table; check the live updates at WPT.com.
The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Joe Elpayaa 924,000
- 2. Noah Schwartz 918,000
- 3. Brian Senie 886,000
- 4. Blake Bohn 729,000
- 5. Hans Winzeler 700,000
- 6. Justin Zaki 646,000
- 7. Ludek Sisak 637,000
- 8. Jonathan Aguiar 604,000
- 9. John Racener 593,000
- 10. Mohsin Charania 578,000