Ely Levy Leads Final 18 at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Ely Levy is on top with just 18 players left at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

Ely Levy is on top with just 18 players left at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

A local legend finds himself on top of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown with just 18 players left. Ely Levy, who won a $250 buy-in preliminary event just ten days ago, bagged up 6,285,000 chips to put himself on top.

“It was stressful a little bit. I went on a small bad run, so I took a five minute break,” said the 75-year-old Levy. “Old people, everybody thinks that we’re going to the restroom, no, I went for a talk to understand what happened. Then when I come back and I got it back, so I’m still leading the pack.”

Right behind Levy is Griffin Paul with 6,055,000. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark and Shawn Nguyen (4,190,000) sits in third place. Ryan Rivers, who was the chipleader after Day 1B, sits fourth with 3,175,000. David Peters rounds out the top five with 3,110,000.

There are still two WPT Champions Club members still in action. Mohsin Charania finished with 1,435,000 and Cornel Cimpan has 1,100,000.

The day began with 92 players still in contention for the $1 million first place prize but over the course of just over six levels, 74 players were eliminated including  Jason MercierDavid Tuthill, Jared Jaffee, Faraz Jaka and Brian HastingsErnest Evans, who qualified for the event via ClubWPT.com, finished 62nd for $12,000.

WPT commentator Vince Van Patten made the most of his first WPT cash. Van Patten finished 27th for $22,100 and will be available to be in the booth to call the final table action on Wednesday. Raj Vohra, who began the day with the chip lead, added to his collection of WPT chip leads gone astray. Vohra finished 22nd, pocketing $22,100.

Day 4 action begins at Noon ET and will continue until only the final six players remain for the TV final table.

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