2011 WPT World Poker Final hits the money on Day 3

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Oct 30, 2011 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

While the total attendance is a far cry from the numbers Foxwoods used to attract in the glory days of the World Poker Tour, the 189 player field that made its way to the Connecticut woods for the 10th running of the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals had plenty of star-power, many of whom managed to make their way into the money as play concluded on Day 3 of the tournament.

Of the 27 remaining players there are five former WPT Champions including two former WPT Player of the Year winners in Jonathan Little and Andy Frankenberger (the reigning POY). You’ve also got former champions Hoyt Corkins, Lee Markholt and Cornel Cimpan in the running, as well as talented tournament pros like Allen Kessler, Bernard Lee, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Stout, Matt Glantz, and Christian Harder.

The money bubble didn’t come without its share of controversy however. With about 25 minutes left in the day, and three spots away from the money, Foxwoods tournament officials asked the 30 remaining players if they wanted to play until the money bubble was burst, or wrap up the tournament on schedule. 29 of the 30 players agreed to keep playing, but it would take unanimous consent to change the format. However, a few minutes later, two players were eliminated and another player was crippled, and the persistent Foxwoods staff decided to once again lobby the lone holdout, who changed his mind.

This brought about a lot of heat on Foxwoods tournament officials (who are no stranger to controversial decisions and are known for pestering players about proposed deals) with several players tweeting their frustrations with the way the floor is handling the tournament. Here are two of the tweets, the first from Jason Mercier, and the second from Matt Glantz (who is amongst the chip-leaders heading into Day 4):

“That’s about the 15th thing wrong that the floor did this tourney,”

“Foxwoods. You just don’t get it! And when I say it, I mean everything! GG Foxwoods. Can’t wait to see the turnout next year.”

A few notables that were eliminated on the money bubble incuded Kathy Liebert (who was wearing an interesting “Full Guilt Poker” shirt throughout the day), Darren Elias, Jason Mercier, former WPT Champion Jeff Forrest, and David Sands.

Here is a look at the unofficial chip counts heading into Day 4 of the 2011 World Poker Finals:

1. Andy Frankenberger — 635,000

2. Jack Schanbacher — 450,000

3. Steven Brackesy — 415,000

4. Jonathan Little — 400,000

5. Larry Greenberg — 375,000

6. Andy Rossi — 335,000

7. Christian Harder — 323,000

8. Peter Politano — 310,000

9. Daniel Santoro — 252,000

10. Matt Glantz — 230,000

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