Bryan Piccioli Leads Final 18 Players in Montreal

Christian Harder will enter Day 4 third in chips.

Christian Harder will enter Day 4 third in chips.

Day 3 of the PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker room outside Montreal has come to close after starting the day with 44 players. The field has been trimmed to 18 players and Day 4’s schedule will see that field slashed to just six players – the normal TV final table for a WPT event. Leading the field is Bryan Piccioli after he bagged up 3,441,000.

On Piccioli’s heels is Amir Babakhani with 3,321,000. The next closest player is Christian Harder with 1,922,000. Also moving on are Ravi Raghavan (1,394,000), Danny Suied (1,200,000), Josh Field (656,000) and Ronnie Bardah (405,000).

The day saw 26 players hit the rail, including the overnight chip leader Paul Klann (21st). Also joining the rail were Kyle Frey (20th), Eddie Bangash (24th), Derek Lemer (26th), Mike Linster (32nd) and Ben Hamnett (34th).

Field earned some breathing room late in the day after he took some chips from Jason Duval. Field open-shoved for 302,000 in late position and Duval called from the small blind after waking up with pocket kings. Field tabled A 9 and needed help to keep his tournament hopes alive. The board ran J 6 5 A 6 and the ace on the turn earned Field a double up. Field survived but was only able to bag up about half of the average stack.

The final elimination of the night also served to pad Piccioli’s stack and secure the chip lead. Piccioli opened in late position for 56,000 and Robert Bergren shoved from the big blind for 415,000. Piccioli called with pocket sixes and had to hold against Bergren’s two over cards of J 8. The board ran Q 7 5 4 5 and Bergren’s elimination halted play for the day.

Harder doubled up against Suied during the last level of play that set him up to finish in the top three of the chip counts. Harder opened, Suied re-raised from the small blind and Harder called. The flop fell K 8 5, Suied bet 168,000 and Harder called to see the 4 turn. Suied fired out 300,000, Harder called and the river came 2. Suied slowed down and checked, Harder shoved for 757,000 and Suied tank-folded to send the 1.3 million chip pot to Harder.

Klann bowed out in 21st place after he opened on the button to 56,000 and Piccioli moved all in from the small blind. Klann called off his last 570,000 holding K Q and Piccioli tabled pocket eights. The board ran T 7 5 2 2 and Klann has just one more opportunity to win a second WPT title this season.

Day 4 will swing into action at 11 a.m. EST and will play until the field is trimmed to just six remaining players. Then those six will return for a fifth day of action to crown a winner.


Day 3 PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Bryan Piccioli – 3,441,000
  2. Amier Babakhani – 3,321,000
  3. Christian Harder – 1,922,000
  4. Brand David Kostandoff – 1,795,000
  5. Ravi Raghavan – 1,394,000
  6. Carter Swidler – 1,310,000
  7. Danny Suied – 1,200,000
  8. Allen Butkovic – 1,041,000
  9. Jason Duval – 1,015,000
  10. Tao Liang – 956,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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