47 remain as WPT Parx Poker Open heads into Day 3

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Aug 13, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

After Party Poker Pro Marvin “Mad Marvin” Rettenmaier captured the first stop on Season XI of the World Poker Tour (WPT) at the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, and in doing so became the first back-to-back champion in the history of the tour, the WPT moved on to the United States, making a stop in Pennsylvania.

A total of 500 players registered for the World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic in the town of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and after two full days of action the field has reached the money heading into Day 3 with only 47 players remaining.

Day 1a of the $3,500 buy-in main event (the first WPT event on US soil in Season XI) saw 213 entrants, while Day 1b attracted 287 entrants (including a number of reentries from Day 1a who saw their total investment in the tournament rise to $7,000), putting the total number of entrants at 500 and swelling the prize-pool to over $1.6 million, with the winner set to receive a $416,127 payday.

Heading into Day 3 of the tournament there are a number of big names still gunning for the WPT Parx title including Brock Parker, Tony Gregg, and Allen Bari, all of whom bagged-up Top 10 chip stacks at the end of Day 2 action. Other notables in the field include former WPT winners Victor Ramdin, Steve Brecher, and Jeff Forrest, as well as Jon Turner, Allen Kessler, Paul Volpe and a poker writer’s worst nightmare in the nearly Twitter-busting character-length of Athanasios Polychronopoulos –a total of 26 letters!

The top of the leader-board is a veritable log-jam, with 15 of the 47 remaining players above the average chip count, ranging from Russell Thomas’ 351,000 chips up to chip-leader Brent Roberts who takes a stack of 749,500 chips into Day 3.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts heading into Day 3:

1. Brent Roberts — 749,500

2. Shankar Pillai — 731,500

3. Brock Parker — 726,500

4. Tony Gregg — 656,500

5. Stephen Reynolds — 627,500

6. Joseph Wertz — 607,500

7. Joseph Couden — 486,500

8. Rich Petticca — 470,000

9. David Paredes — 440,500

10. Allen Bari — 436,500

When the tournament resumes on Monday the players will find themselves in Level 18, playing at 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 chip ante.

Here is a look at the final table payouts for the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic:

* 1st place: $416,127

* 2nd place: $244,877

* 3rd place: $158,450

* 4th place: $108,034

* 5th place: $76,824

* 6th place: $61,619


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