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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 2: Grigoriy Shvarts Leads, Matt Glantz Close Second

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 2: Grigoriy Shvarts Leads, Matt Glantz Close Second

Day 2 has come and gone at the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! Main Event with just 29 players remaining from the original field of 561. Brooklyn’s Grigoriy Shvarts leads the way with 1.562 million chips, but the pro’s pro Matt Glantz is close behind with 1.426 million. William Griffith and Casey Yontz are the only two other players with more than a million chips, holding 1.304 million and 1.071 million chips, respectively.

Shvarts was already the chip leader late in the day, but was able to give himself a small cushion when he knocked out Hyon Kim in 31st place. Kim had moved all-in pre-flop for 93,000 chips with A-9 and Shvarts made the call with pocket Fours. Shvarts flopped a full house and the miracle runner-runner did not manifest itself for Kim.

Registration for the tournament was open until the start of Monday’s Day 2 and with that, an additional 33 players signed up, bringing the end total to 561. With $ 3,200 from each entrant going to the prize pool, that meant that Maryland! Live, WPT, or whomever is footing the bill is on the hook for about $ 200,000 in overlay. The tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $ 2 million, but only generated $ 1,795,200 in buy-ins, so the players are working with some extra equity.

The top 71 players are making the money this week, with a minimum cash of $ 6,000 and a first prize of $ 389,405. The final four will all score six-figure payouts.

With 29 players remaining, everyone advancing to Day 3 is already guaranteed $ 12,000. That already qualifies as the second highest cash for the chip leader Shvarts, who has yet to earn $ 50,000 in total in live tournaments (I WISH I had anywhere near those earnings). His biggest cash is $ 13,855 for a fifth place finish in an event at the 2012 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

The second place Glantz is used to the Maryland Live! Casino, as it is one of the venues for the “Poker Night in America” television show, for which Glantz works. Glantz has almost $ 6.5 million in recorded live tournament earnings and 16 WPT cashes, but no WPT titles.

“I don’t really play many tournaments anymore,” Glantz told WPT.com after Day 2. “I skipped the WPT Borgata last week and that’s in my backyard. With responsibilities with kids and work, I rarely play tournaments. This one worked out in my schedule and it’s a nice place here at Maryland Live! I definitely do not take it for granted getting chips this deep.”

Also among the chip leaders is Art Papazyan, who won the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event and went into this one tied with Guo Liang Chen and Jay Lee for the WPT Player of the Year top spot, but he is now all by himself by virtue of this cash.

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1. Grigoriy Shvarts – 1,562,000
2. Matt Glantz – 1,426,000
3. William Griffith – 1,304,000
4. Casey Yontz – 1,071,000
5. Thomas Reynolds – 1,051,000
6. Zachary Gruneberg – 833,000
7. Ben Eilers – 826,000
8. DJ Alexander – 798,000
9. Art Papazyan – 683,000
10. Timothy Chang – 681,000

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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 3: Tom Reynolds Leads Final Table, Art Papazyan Looking for Second WPT Title in a Month

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 3: Tom Reynolds Leads Final Table, Art Papazyan Looking for Second WPT Title in a Month

They are down to the six-handed final table at the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! Main Event in Hanover after 23 players were eliminated on Day 3. Day 2 chip leader Grigoriy Shvarts is no longer on top, but with 2.490 million chips, he is still in contention in fourth place. It is Tom Reynolds with 4.395 million chips who leads as he aims for his first WPT title.

Reynolds got there thanks to a huge double-up during Level 26. Randal Heeb raised to 110,000 pre-flop and after using one of his time extension chips, Reynolds moved all-in for 1.575 million chips. Everyone folded to Heeb, who made the call with pocket Jacks. Unfortunately for Heeb, Reynolds had pocket Kings and when nothing greater than a Nine showed up on the board, Reynolds had doubled to 3.250 million to take over the chip lead. Heeb looks no worse for the wear, as he is currently second in chips at the final table.

The big story of the final table, though, is arguably the presence of Art Papazyan. Only last month, Papazyan cashed for the very first time on the World Poker Tour and what a cash it was, as he won the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event. Thanks to this deep run, he is atop the WPT Player of the Year race.

Now, I will admit that I never really though poker players cared about these Player of the Year contests. I figured they just wanted to win poker tournaments and make money and if doing so earned them an extra award, then great! But Papazyan debunked my theory, telling WPT.com early in the tournament, “The WPT Player of the Year is one of the main reasons why I’m here.”

Though he just made his first WPT cash, Papazyan isn’t some poker noob. He just focuses on cash games, playing in Southern California card rooms.

When asked about his thoughts on tournaments, Papazyan told WPT.com, “They’re fun, they’re really enjoyable. Especially when you make it deep [writer’s note: well, yeah]. I feel like these tournaments with the longer levels, 60 and 90 minutes, if you’re a cash game player, you can use your post-flop skills to really have an edge.”

Clearly, anyone at the final table has a chance to take down the title and with 2.920 million chips, Papazyan is in pretty decent shape. But he likes his chances even more if the poker gods keep smiling on him, telling WPT.com that he has been on a “pretty sick heater.”

We’ll see what happens. It is poker, after all.

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts

1. Tom Reynolds – 4,395,000
2. Randal Heeb – 3,970,000
3. Art Papazyan – 2,920,000
4. Grigoriy Shvarts – 2,490,000
5. Timothy Chang – 2,010,000
6. Zachary Donovan – 1,195,000

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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1B: Joseph Cashen Takes Overall Lead

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1B: Joseph Cashen Takes Overall Lead

We’re on to Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! Main Event, as the second of two starting flights concluded last night at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Day 1B drew approximately 50 percent more entrants than did Day 1A; more than 200 entries were logged on the first starting flight and more than 300 were recorded for the second. The total field to this point is 528, with 211 players making it to Day 2. Players can still register up until the start of Day 2, which is right about now, as this is being written. We should know the exact registration figures, prize pool, and payout structure a bit later.

Joseph Cashen emerged as the chip leader of Day 1B and his 221,200 chips put him atop the overall leaderboard, as well. In these types of tournaments, we often see one or two players get out to huge leads after Day 1, but in this case, the top of the leaderboard is quite condensed. After Cashen on the combined Day 1 leaderboard is Zachary Donovan with 215,700 chips, Ari Engel with 210,400, Jesse Rockowitz with 200,300, and three more players with more than 190,000 chips.

Cashen was one of the players to take advantage of the re-entry rules, as he busted out during Level 5 on Sunday, victimized by an opponent’s pocket Aces. He bought back in, but even then he struggled, seeing his starting stack of 30,000 quickly get chopped by more than half. In Level 6, though, he started his comeback. WPT.com picked up the proceedings in the middle of a hand with the board reading Q-9-8-8. One player bet 4,500, Vivian Leslie called, and then Cashen moved all-in for 10,275 chips. The original bettor called and Leslie folded. Cashen had A-8 for turned trips, while his opponent held T-8 suited, for the same, but with a worse kicker. The river was a King, improving neither hand and allowing Cashen to grow his stack to just above its starting point.

“I ran pretty well here today on my second bullet,” Cashen told WPT.com afterward. “I was in for two [buy-ins] yesterday, too. A couple guys went all in a little weak and I had the nuts, so that helped. I ran good, enjoyed the day. I had a lot of fun playing here with all the guys.”

As mentioned, Day 2 is just getting underway at Maryland Live! Casino.

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Cashen – 221,200
2. Ari Engel – 210,400
3. Cherish Andrews – 205,000
4. Richard Foster – 204,000
5. Ben Eilers – 197,800
6. Art Papazyan – 195,700
7. Ashraf Fahim – 178,500
8. Dan Heimiller – 171,000
9. Jon Gilliam – 164,300
10. Belgica Dardon – 153,800

 

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Cashen – 221,200
2. Zachary Donovan – 215,700
3. Ari Engel – 210,400
4. Jesse Rockowitz – 200,300
5. Ben Eilers – 197,800
6. Art Papazyan – 195,700
7. Richard Foster – 194,900
8. Robert Sherry – 181,200
9. Ashraf Fahim – 178,500
10. Dan Heimiller – 178,000

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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1B: Joseph Cashen Takes Overall Lead

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1B: Joseph Cashen Takes Overall Lead

We’re on to Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! Main Event, as the second of two starting flights concluded last night at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Day 1B drew approximately 50 percent more entrants than did Day 1A; more than 200 entries were logged on the first starting flight and more than 300 were recorded for the second. The total field to this point is 528, with 211 players making it to Day 2. Players can still register up until the start of Day 2, which is right about now, as this is being written. We should know the exact registration figures, prize pool, and payout structure a bit later.

Joseph Cashen emerged as the chip leader of Day 1B and his 221,200 chips put him atop the overall leaderboard, as well. In these types of tournaments, we often see one or two players get out to huge leads after Day 1, but in this case, the top of the leaderboard is quite condensed. After Cashen on the combined Day 1 leaderboard is Zachary Donovan with 215,700 chips, Ari Engel with 210,400, Jesse Rockowitz with 200,300, and three more players with more than 190,000 chips.

Cashen was one of the players to take advantage of the re-entry rules, as he busted out during Level 5 on Sunday, victimized by an opponent’s pocket Aces. He bought back in, but even then he struggled, seeing his starting stack of 30,000 quickly get chopped by more than half. In Level 6, though, he started his comeback. WPT.com picked up the proceedings in the middle of a hand with the board reading Q-9-8-8. One player bet 4,500, Vivian Leslie called, and then Cashen moved all-in for 10,275 chips. The original bettor called and Leslie folded. Cashen had A-8 for turned trips, while his opponent held T-8 suited, for the same, but with a worse kicker. The river was a King, improving neither hand and allowing Cashen to grow his stack to just above its starting point.

“I ran pretty well here today on my second bullet,” Cashen told WPT.com afterward. “I was in for two [buy-ins] yesterday, too. A couple guys went all in a little weak and I had the nuts, so that helped. I ran good, enjoyed the day. I had a lot of fun playing here with all the guys.”

As mentioned, Day 2 is just getting underway at Maryland Live! Casino.

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Cashen – 221,200
2. Ari Engel – 210,400
3. Cherish Andrews – 205,000
4. Richard Foster – 204,000
5. Ben Eilers – 197,800
6. Art Papazyan – 195,700
7. Ashraf Fahim – 178,500
8. Dan Heimiller – 171,000
9. Jon Gilliam – 164,300
10. Belgica Dardon – 153,800

 

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Cashen – 221,200
2. Zachary Donovan – 215,700
3. Ari Engel – 210,400
4. Jesse Rockowitz – 200,300
5. Ben Eilers – 197,800
6. Art Papazyan – 195,700
7. Richard Foster – 194,900
8. Robert Sherry – 181,200
9. Ashraf Fahim – 178,500
10. Dan Heimiller – 178,000

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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1A: Over 200 Entries for Day 1A, Zachary Donovan Holds Chip Lead

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1A: Over 200 Entries for Day 1A, Zachary Donovan Holds Chip Lead

The World Poker Tour carnival has pulled into its latest stop, Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, and the crowds have come for the show. The $ 3500 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event has Day 1A in the books with Zachary Donovan holding the chip lead after a day of play.

Even though there is late registration until the start of Day 2 on Monday and unlimited entries into the tournament, there were still a throng of players who decided to show up for the “shuffle up and deal” call from WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage and the Royal Flush Girls. Christian Harder, Dylan Linde, Olivier Busquet and Sam Grafton were there at the start among the 80 or so players and, by the time the first level of play was completed, that number jumped up to 112 entries. Defending champion Zachary Smiley was also in the crowd for the start of the event, with his title defense getting off to a good start by almost doubling his starting stack of 30,000 chips.

Linde was another player who made some moves early in the event. After opening the betting off the button and only getting the big blind to come along with him, they would check a 4-3-4 flop. After an Ace came on the turn, Linde would get check-called by the big blind after firing 600 chips into the smallish pot. A second Ace came on the river and the big blind checked again, only to fire in a re-raise of 4000 over Linde’s 1800 chip bet. There were three diamonds on the board, presenting flush possibilities, and a variety of combinations for a boat, so Linde just made the call. Indeed, both players held what, by the river, became big hands. Linde (with A-2) and his opponent (with A-9) would chop it up, however.

Even though the 30K in chips would seem to be a good starting stack, there were still players who were eliminated and had to take advantage of the re-entry option. Dan Heimiller, Dan Weinman, Matt Glantz, Matt Berkey and Jesse Rockowitz were all into their wallets for another buy-in (Rockowitz made it worth his while, as you will soon see), while Andrew Brokos decided it would be best to reserve his funds for Day 1B on Sunday. By the time the final level of the night – Level 10 – had completed, more than 200 players had put their money in the kitty, with only 78 of the players with a stack eligible for play on Monday’s Day 2.

1. Zachary Donovan, 215,700
2. Jesse Rockowitz, 200,300
3. Casey Yontz, 177,200
4. Eric Fields, 172,300
5. Vernon Jones, 166,200
6. Fausto Valdez, 154,300
7. Quinzzy Pratt, 142,900
8. Ryan Hughes, 131,300
9. Alex Lynskey, 128.300
10. Darren Elias, 127,700

This tournament is a “best stack forward” event, meaning that players can play both Day Ones and whichever stack is built is the one the player will take into Day 2 action. That will be helpful for a few players in the field as they ended Day 1A with a less-than-stellar performance. Current World Champion Scott Blumstein (12,400), WPT champion Daniel Santoro (13,800), Weinman (32,100 and on a second buy-in), and defending champion Smiley (40,800) who might be taking up the option of playing on Day 1B to see if they can improve on their fortunes.

Day 1B will begin at noon on Sunday and there’s some work to do to get to the guarantee. Maryland Live! officials put a $ 2 million guarantee on the prize pool and need a big turnout on Sunday to make that number. Although it isn’t out of the question, another 400 or so entries are needed for the guaranteed to be met. It should make for an intriguing afternoon around the compound at Maryland Live! as the WPT rolls along.

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