WPT: Paul Volpe Makes Back-to-Back Final Tables, Leads at Bay 101

It's been an incredible couple of weeks for Paul Volpe, with back-to-back final tables on the World Poker Tour's West Coast swing.

Paul Volpe had a bittersweet end at the LA Poker Classic after failing to close out Paul Klann, settling for second place. After three long days of poker at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, Volpe has positioned himself to win an even bigger prize as he takes the chiplead into the final table.

Volpe won a massive pot late in the day when his A A held against Danny Wong’s A K after an all-in preflop, and that pot propelled him to a significant lead over his remaining competitors. It also took Wong from the chiplead to the short stack with eight players left and he was eliminated shortly thereafter. They combined to an unofficial final table with seven left, and with the elimination of Paul Behm in seventh place the field for Friday’s televised final table was set.

There will be some serious competition for Volpe when play resumes, with Erik Seidel making a tremendous comeback as one of the short stacks with two tables left to start the final table in second place. Joe Kuether, who’s currently 13th in the BLUFF Power Rankings, sits in third place, with Chris Johnson, WeiKai Chang and local favorite Joe Nguyen all well within reach of the chiplead. It’s shaping up to be a long final day, with all six players sitting with deep stacks and an average of over 100 big blinds as they battle for the top prize of $1,138,350.

That’s an effect of the unbelievable pace the players had on Day 3, which seemed to be a marathon in the making. One of the likely factors in the faster-than-average pace was the field moving to all six-handed tables when they got down from 44 players to 36. Garrett Greer came into the day as the shortest stack in the field and couldn’t put together a run, adding a 43rd place finish at Bay 101 after finishing seventh at the LAPC. Jason Somerville (42nd) and Jeff Madsen (40th) each went out early as well.

The pace only picked up at the six-handed tables, as Carlos Mortensen, Chamath Palihapitiya, Todd Terry, Kathy Liebert, Andrew Lichtenberger, Kyle Julius, John Racener, Isaac Baron, Maria Ho, Christian Harder and Matt Stout all fell just short of the final table. Klann, coming off of his victory at the LAPC, put on quite an impressive back-to-back performance of his own but went out one table short of a repeat in 11th. Two-time WPT champion Antonio Esfandiari made a valiant effort of his own, but was ultimately eliminated in eighth place during Wong’s brief run towards the chiplead.

This final table looks like it will have a tremendous impact on both the WPT and BLUFF Player of the Year races. With a victory, Volpe could take the lead in both of them. Play will resume at 4 pm local time in San Jose, but there will be no live streaming final table from this stop. Here are how the chips stand for the final six players in the 2013 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star.

  1. Paul Volpe – 5,525,000
  2. Erik Seidel – 3,435,000
  3. Chris Johnson – 2,900,000
  4. Joe Kuether – 2,830,000
  5. WeiKai Chang – 2,590,000
  6. Joe Nguyen – 2,175,000
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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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