Corey Hochman On Top as 19 Survive Day 2 at WPT Fallsview

Corey Hochman finds himself in the lead following Day 2 of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Corey Hochman finds himself in the lead following Day 2 of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

With a slightly speedier structure than a standard WPT event, the Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event shaved the field down to just 19 players on Day 2, but there’s a talented pack left to chase current chipleader Corey Hochman.

Hochman bagged 1,766,000, but he’s one of six players with at least 1 million going into Day 3. He’s followed by the Henry Tran (1,450,000), with Candadian pro Erik Cajelais not far behind. Darren Elias starts play Sunday in seventh with 1,023.000 and hopes of adding a third WPT title on the season to his previous back-to-back victories.

Fellow WPT Champions Club members Anthony Zinno (790,000) and Mike Watson (241,000) are also still in the mix – as is 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event champion Scott Davies.

Each of them survived a busy day of poker; not only was the field cut down to just 19 players, but less than than half of those who returned for Day 2 Saturday even made the money. Marvin Rettenmaier, Victor Ramdin, Jared Jaffee, Mike Leah, Ryan Riess, Dylan Wilkerson and Andy Frankenberger were just a few of those unfortunate out-of-the-money finishers.

Garrett Greer continued what’s been an impressive season as a BLUFF.com WPT One to Watch with another cash, but he was one of the first to go out inside the money bubble, in 48th. With the WPT set to roll through Greer’s backyard in the coming weeks during its West Coast swing he’ll have an opportunity to add to a growing list of successes.

Jason Duval (44th), Jonathan Duhamel (43rd), Joe McKeehen (39th), Andrew Pantling (33rd), Olivier Busquet (32nd) and Shannon Shorr (30th) finished in the bottom half of those in the money, but gained the ability to enjoy Valentine’s Day with their significant other if they so chose.

Christian Harder was one of the final casualties towards the end of the night Saturday.

The 19 players who bagged at the end of the night return at 12 pm local time in Montreal, and they’ll go until they reach the final six for Monday’s televised final table of six.

2015 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic – End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Corey Hochman – 1,766,000
  2. Henry Tran – 1,450,000
  3. Matthew Parry – 1,184,000
  4. Mark Bailey – 1,182,000
  5. Erik Cajelais – 1,136,000
  6. Darren Elias – 1,023,000/li>
  7. Anthony Zinno – 790,000
  8. Ivan Mamuzic – 478,000
  9. Jimmy Arora – 434,000
  10. Jeremy Halaska – 434,000
  1. David Cloutier – 420,000
  2. Emanuele Carpignanon – 390,000
  3. Lu Zhang – 383,000
  4. John Boulougouris – 349,000
  5. George Caragiorgas – 293,000
  6. Jack Duong – 248,000
  7. Mike Watson – 241,000
  8. Scott Davies – 235,000
  9. Jiachen Gong – 185,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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