The WPT Montreal Main Event is deep into the money and with just 23 players remaining in the hunt for the $447,859 top prize, it’s going to go down to the wire to find a final nine players from the many talents who are still fighting for the title.

It is Felix Schulze who leads the final 23 Players in the partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event, and he’ll start the penultimate day of action with 20.7 million chips.

Poker Chips

The $3,200-entry Main Event saw an ironically off-brand 888 entrants, with just 133 players being paid out. That number was reduced to just 23 after five hours of play on Monday evening, with some big names dropping out of contention.

Day 1b chip leader Luiz Orrico perished in 43rd place, earning $10,214 in the process, with partypoker players Joni Jouhkimainen (31st for $14,699) and Jamie Staples (77th for $7,654) both coming up short in terms of a really deep run.

Others made the penultimate day by way of a huge stack, with Andrei Kriazhev going into play second in chips with 18.7 million and Jakob Miegel (13,087,719) both hoping to make the final day in decent shape. 

With other high-flyers Pablo Brito Silva (11,801,992) and Marcel Kunze (10,415,776) joined by superstars of the game such as Christian Rudolph (9,189,390), Ole Schemion (8,894,305), Dan Shak (7,691,726), Upeshka De Silva (6,034,790), Chaz Chattha (6,007,496), Ryan Riess (5,010,710), Chris Moorman (4,949,138) and Kenny Hallaert (3,041,317), all of whom will be desperate to clinch another big title in their careers.

Blinds will extend from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, with everyone guaranteed a prize of $18,400 as a minimum, but they’ll all have their eyes on the $447,859 top prize instead. Chip leader Schulze in particular will have high hopes, with a WPT DeepStacks title already in the bank that earned him €104,304 just 21 months ago.

With a final table place worth a minimum of $37,024, players will be scrapping for chips until nine players are reached on Day 3 of the WPT Montreal Main Event. With 14 players needing to bust to reach the final table, who will survive and who’ll thrive?

You’ll find out tomorrow on Calvin Ayre.

WPT Montreal Main Event Chipcounts after Day 2:

Position Player Chips
1st Felix Schulze 20,785,963
2nd Andrei Kriazhev 18,782,517
3rd Jakob Miegel 13,087,719
4th Pablo Brito Silva 11,801,992
5th Marcel Kunze 10,415,776
6th Christian Rudolph 9,189,390
7th Ole Schemion 8,894,305
8th Dan Shak 7,691,726
9th Rayan Chamas 7,333,788
10th Aliaksandr Hirs 6,396,298
11th Ioannis Angelou-Konstas 6,082,982
12th Jack Hardcastle 6,048,166
13th Upeshka De Silva 6,034,790
14th Charles Chattha 6,007,496
15th Artur Martirosian 5,665,786
16th Jan-Eric Schwippert 5,570,841
17th Ryan Riess 5,010,710
18th Chris Moorman 4,949,138
19th Rok Gostisa 4,700,034
20th Alexandr Merzhvinskiy 4,275,172
21st Kenny Hallaert 3,041,317
22nd Diego Ventura 2,945,709
23rd Dániel Koloszár 2,888,387

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