It is time for the final day of the Horseshoe Hammond Main Event. Day 3 will begin with 19 players remaining at noon local time with the $272,322 grand prize and a new WSOP Circuit ring up for grabs.
The play dynamic will be interesting today as there has been no one player to really take a chip lead stranglehold and pull away all tournament. Six players start today with over 2,000,000 in chips and three of those are within just 100,000 of the chip lead.
Eric Hardt enters play as the chip leader with a chip count of 2,685,000. Any finish of 12th or better will make for Hardt’s best live cash in his career this far.
2nd in chips with just a smidge below the chip leader is Mark Uminn, with 2,675,000. His resume includes just one cash since 2015 as he will be looking to make a big score.
Michael Rossitto enters the day 3rd in chips (2,595,00) and with more experience. The Brooklyn native will be looking for his first WSOPc ring as he came close earlier this year in Tunica with a 3rd place finish at the main event.
The next three stacks over 2,000,000 include Casey Carroll (2,330,000) who will be looking to top his greatest cash of $174,469. Andrew Ostapchenko (2,090,000) who has had a hot last few months and will want to add another big score to his 2019 resume and Faisal Sadruddin (2,065,000) who has already locked up a cash greater than his total career poker earnings.
One player remaining has a WSOP bracelet in his resume, Alan Percal (1,820,000) who will be looking to add a different piece of jewelry to his name with what would be his first circuit ring title.
Chicago local Ravi Raghavan (1,505,000) knows what it is like to be given a WSOPc ring as he took down the High Roller event ring back in 2016 right here in Horseshoe Hammond. He will be looking to recreate some windy city magic today and add to his astounding 3.7 million in career tournament poker earnings.
Another Chicago local player who will be aiming to ride the windy city magic is Blake Battaglia who comes in short stacked to today’s action with 890,000. He also knows what it is like to wear a ring right here in Horseshow Hammond as he won the Main Event in October of 2017 for a whopping $332,020.
Looking to spoil the party and burst onto the poker scene in a big way today, will be some relatively new names to the poker scene, including Muath Arman, Ramandeep Makhija and Waldemar Ogloza all of whom have relatively light poker resumes thus far and will want to secure a huge score.
Play begins at level 27 with blinds at 25,000/50,000 and a 50,000 big blind ante, meaning the big stacks have just a hair over 50 big blinds and the short stacks have in the 10-15 big blind range. Levels are 60 minutes in length and breaks will come after every two hours.
PokerNews will provide all the action and eliminations as they come as a winner will be crowned after what promises to be a long and exciting day of action.