WPT: Paul Volpe Continues Hot Run, Takes Lead into Day 3 at Bay 101

Paul Volpe is looking to add to his second place finish a week ago at the LAPC, taking the overnight chiplead into Day 3 at Bay 101.

After more than 13 hours of play on Day 2 of the 2013 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star the field was whittled down from 257 to 44, the money bubble was burst and Paul Volpe continued a tremendous run by grabbing the overall chiplead by the end of play.

After finishing second less than a week ago at the LA Poker Classic, Volpe has put himself in position to contend for another title in San Jose. Volpe bagged just shy of 1.4 million when play came to an end Wednesday, and he’s the only player over the million chip mark. He played the biggest pot of the tournament in the final level of the day against Matt Affleck, connecting with his double gutshot draw with 6 5 on the turn of an 8 4 2 7 board on the same street that gave Affleck a set with 7 7. That seven-figure pot sent Volpe into the stratosphere and knocked Affleck out in 52nd place.

It won’t be a cakewalk by any means for Volpe, as the final 44 make up quite a distinguished group. Isaac Baron goes into Day 3 in third place, with remaining Shooting Star bounties Maria Ho, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel all finishing Day 2 in the top 10. Matt Stout, Christian Harder, Kyle Julius, Joe Kuether, Todd Terry, John Racener, Carlos Mortensen, Andrew Lichtenberger, Kathy Liebert, Jason Somerville, Bertrand Grospellier, Chamath Palihapitiya and Garrett Greer (who finished seventh at the LAPC) each survived the day. Volpe’s heads-up foil and eventual LAPC champion Paul Klann is still alive as well after making the most of his re-entry.

While new registrations were officially closed after Level 7 on Day 1B, players already in the field had the choice to re-enter until cards went into the air on Day 2. Eight additional players took advantage of that opportunity Wednesday, bringing the total field up to 643 and the number of players at the start of the day to 257. The top 63 players would be in the money, with a min-cash worth $15,110 and the top seven players earning over $100,000. This record-setting field at Bay 101 will award $1,138,350 to the eventual champion.

The full final table payouts are as follows:

  1. $1,138,350
  2. $666,740
  3. $435,610
  4. $295,590
  5. $208,910
  6. $162,240

Two-thirds of the field had to go before they even reached the money on Day 2, though, with Jason Mercier, Greg Mueller, Eugene Katchalov, Faraz Jaka, John Juanda, Jonathan Duhamel, Andy Frankenberger, Barry Greenstein, Noah Schwartz, Shawn Buchanan and Matt Salsberg among the many casualties. Scott Seiver (63rd) was the first to finish in the money, with Chris Brammer, Michael Benvenuti, Andy Hwang, Affleck, Steve Gross and Chris DeMaci each earning a little something before going out.

Day 3 is going to be another very long day at Bay 101, as the final 44 players will try to get all the way down to the televised final table of six. Play will resume one hour later than previous days at 12 pm local time Thursday afternoon. Here are the top ten stacks going into the day.

  1. Paul Volpe – 1,394,000
  2. Brandon Rubie – 988,000
  3. Isaac Baron – 896,000
  4. Steve Behm – 854,000
  5. Maria Ho – 805,000
  6. Antonio Esfandiari – 787,000
  7. James Anderson – 770,000
  8. Erik Seidel – 751,000
  9. Matt Stout – 687,000
  10. Jordan Cristos – 672,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

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