19 players entered Sunday’s action in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic with a chance to win, and after a highly contested Day 3 only six remain.
Anthony Zinno had the best of it, and with 4,730,000 he’ll begin Monday’s final table in prime position to challenge for his second career WPT title. Zinno previously won the 2013 WPT Borgata Poker open.
Corey Hochman managed to turn the Day 2 chiplead into one of the coveted final six spots. He’ll start the final table second with 2,795,000, and it’s another opportunity for Hochman to break through; previous results include a 14th place finish in the 2010 WPT World Championship, ninth in the 2014 WPT World Championship and his first WPT final table in the 2014 bestbet Bounty Scramble.
Third belongs to David Cloutier, who has just two recorded tournament cashes to his record. Cloutier does, however, come in with some history as one of those two cashes was a third place finish in the Season VI North American Poker Championships, which was also held at Fallsview. It’s a virtual tie between Cloutier and Mark Bailey, with Bailey sitting just 20,000 behind Cloutier and his 1,655,000.
Jeremy Haska sits fifth going into the final table with 1,170,000, and Erik Cajelais rounds it out on the short stack with 620,000. Cajelais has been within sniffing distance of a major title on numerous occasions, with two runner-up finishes in WSOP events and a pair of WPT final tables to his credit without a victory to show.
While it will take some work for Cajelais to fight back from the short stack, he’s in far better shape than the 13 players who fell on Day 3. 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific champion Scott Davies was the first to fall, when a coinflip went the wrong way for him and the right way for Zinno, who was just starting his climb up the chip counts.
Mike Watson was one of three former champions in the field, but he too was unable to recover from a short stack and went out 17th. Darren Elias’ hopes of a third WPT title in Season XIII were dashed in 11th, while Henry Tran finished two spots off the televised final table in eighth and Emanuele Carpignano went out on the bubble.
A first place prize of $314,629 awaits the champion, along with a variety of other champions honors that includes a seat in the season-ending championship event. Final table action gets underway at 4 pm ET Monday afternoon in Niagara Falls.
2015 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic – Final Table Chip Counts
- Anthony Zinno – 4,730,000
- Corey Hochman – 2,795,000
- David Cloutier – 1,655,000
- Mark Bailey – 1,635,000
- Jeremy Halaska – 1,170,000
- Erik Cajelais – 620,000
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