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2017 WPT Montreal Main Event Day 3: Eric Afriat Aims for Second Playground Final Table This Year

 2017 WPT Montreal Main Event Day 3: Eric Afriat Aims for Second Playground Final Table This Year

There are only sixteen players remaining of the 606 original entries in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event as action moves into Day 4 on Wednesday. Eric Afriat is the chip leader with 2.4 million chips, the only play over the 2 million mark.

Afriat has some unfinished business at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. In February, finished third in the WPT Playground Main Event, winning CAD $ 108,690 (USD $ 82,716). That tournament holds a special spot in poker history, as it was won by Ema Zajmovic, who became the first women ever to win an open WPT Main Event.

Afriat does have one World Poker Tour title under his belt, as he won the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Championship Event. That victory was worth a bit over $ 1 million; that and his WPT Playground finish make up the bulk of his $ 1.83 million in career live earnings.

I will admit, I have always been a skeptic about the extra prizes awarded at major tournaments. The trophy is cool, the money is fantastic, the prestige is even wonderful, but really, who cares about a pair of overpriced headphones or a gaudy watch? Well, it’s time for me to eat crow, as apparently that watch is something Afriat has been targeting.

Speaking with WPT.com after Day 3, Afriat said he was actually a little peeved that he didn’t grab the timepiece in February:

What I want the most is the Hublot watch, because when I won their contract was signed for the following week. It was the last tournament that didn’t award the watch. They awarded it the following week, and I missed out on the watch. So the watch will be very important to me. Because a watch you can carry it around, you feel like you won something, but I can’t carry the big trophy

You know what? That makes a lot of sense. It’s like being able to wear a World Series of Poker bracelet, except I wouldn’t be surprised if players were more willing to don the Hublot watch over the bracelet, as the watch is both cool and practical, as opposed to just being a large piece of jewelry. Personally (and not that I will ever even come remotely close to this), if I won a WSOP bracelet, I don’t think I’d wear it on a regular basis (or even an irregular basis), as I’m not a jewelry guy. A nice watch, though, I could do, plus it has a neat story behind it.

Normally, the chip leader has a significant hand or two that helped get him to the top, but Afriat said his Day 3 was mostly just a gradual build. His biggest hand was actually a loss when his opponent hit a set of Jacks against his pocket Queens.

Though only sixteen players remain, Day 4 will play down to just the six-handed final table before adjourning.

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 3 Chip Counts

1. Eric Afriat – 2,400,000
2. Curt Kohlberg – 1,804,000
3. Ryan Rivers – 1,655,000
4. Maxime Heroux – 1,623,000
5. Duff Charette – 1,583,000
6. Bradley Ellis – 1,563,000
7. Derek Wolters – 1,257,000
8. David Peters – 1,216,000
9. Alex Keating – 1,051,000
10. Brendan Ziyad Baksh – 56,000
11. Feizal Satchu – 633,000
12. Mohammad Abu-Hadbah – 627,000
13. Brady Hinnegan – 579,000
14. Patrick Quinn – 453,000
15. Justin Liberto – 451,000
16. Adam Shannon – 340,000

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2016 WPT Montreal Day 1: Eric Afriat Leads Three Starting Flights

 2016 WPT Montreal Day 1: Eric Afriat Leads Three Starting Flights

Before last week’s U.S. Presidential Election, there were some people in the States who said they would move to Canada if Donald Trump won. From the sounds of it, it seems that Trump himself kind of wants to run away, too, now that he realizes what the job entails. If some of those people who entertained thoughts of emigration were poker players, they have their chance to cross the border and stay this week, as the latest World Poker Tour Main Event, partypoker.net WPT Montreal, is well underway.

WPT Montreal had three Day 1 flights, starting on Friday. As expected, the flights sizes got progressively larger, with the total field finally topping out at 648 entries. Going into Monday’s Day 2, 274 players remain with Eric Afriat as the chip leader, holding 214,500 chips.

The buy-in for the Main Event was CAD $ 3,500 + 350   The winner will receive $ 317,896 and the top 81 players will make the money, the min-cash being $ 4,552. The prize pool is CAD $ 2,199,960, easily beating the $ 2,000,000 guarantee.

Perhaps interestingly, Afriat came out of Day 1A, smallest of the starting flights. Because there are more chips in play in larger flights, the early chip leaders often come from those flights, so Afriat bucked a trend. Afriat hails from Quebec and is currently 49th on the all-time Canadian live tournament money list with over $ 1.7 million in earnings, according to TheHendonMob.com. He is no stranger to life atop the World Poker tour leaderboard, as more than half of his winnings (about $ 1.1 million) came from a victory in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown championship event in 2014.

Day 2 is already underway at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. The plan is to play nine one-hour levels before calling it a night.

2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1.    Eric Afriat – 214,500
2.    Thomas Boivin – 175,800
3.    Richard Mask – 174,100
4.    Daniel Le – 167,300
5.    Francois Gobeil – 157,600
6.    David Paredes – 151,000
7.    Scott Montgomery – 149,000
8.    Jeff Gross – 119,700
9.    Andy Hwang – 106,700
10.    Esther Taylor-Brady – 106,000

2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1.    David Quang – 196,100
2.    Mike Dentale – 187,300
3.    Manig Loeser – 182,700
4.    Senthuran Vijayaratnam – 182,100
5.    Matt Salsberg – 174,400
6.    Samuel Gagnon – 160,000
7.    Adam Shannon – 160,000
8.    Quy Dao – 148,900
9.    Gennadiy Kostrov – 146,400
10.    Ryan Rivers – 137,500
2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1.    Daniel Maor – 179,700
2.    Ivan Fazal Karim – 163,100
3.    Matthew McDonough – 162,000
4.    Shyam Srinivasan – 161,000
5.    Dakota Vandine – 158,500
6.    Jean-Philippe Binet – 158,300
7.    Simon Charette – 157,300
8.    Chris McClung – 156,900
9.    Garrett Greer – 147,200
10.    Brian Hastings – 141,700
2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    Eric Afriat – 214,500
2.    David Quang – 196,100
3.    Mike Dentale – 187,300
4.    Manig Loeser – 182,700
5.    Senthuran Vijayaratnam – 182,100
6.    Daniel Maor – 179,700
7.    Thomas Boivin – 175,800
8.    Matt Salsberg – 174,400
9.    Richard Mask – 174,100
10.    Daniel Le – 167,300

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