On Monday the World Poker Tour Parx Open Classic carried on where it left off from Day 2. Day 3 started with 47 players but by the end of the day we ended up with just 16 players left going into Day 4.
The Parx Casino in Pennsylvania has certainly provided us with entertainment in the second WPT event of the year. Each of the 47 players that started the day will have been satisfied to know that they were already in the money; however they would have been looking to significantly improve their winnings during play.
The player that ended the day as chip leader was Tony Gregg; he battled extremely well to finish up with 2,786,000 in chips.
Gregg’s biggest achievement was taking the runners up position in the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event; he took home $1.7 million with that performance. He has managed to earn a cool $2.6 million in career earnings but has yet to win a tournament of any true value.
However, he is storming through this event and is actually a million chips ahead of his nearest rival Joseph Wertz who is happy enough with 1.75 million. The next few players are not too far behind with around $1.4million; these are Robert Payne, Stephen Reynolds and Joey Couden.
The first player of the session to be eliminated was Will Jaffe, and as soon as he went the rest started to drop like flies. Some of the more notables to go on Day 3 were Allen Kessler, Justin Rosenal and Victor Ramdin.
Probably the biggest shock to go though was Henry Lu who had been performing well until he ran into the super hot Gregg. It happened when both players held an AQ, though a four flush of spades gave Gregg the win, unfortunate for Lu, but that’s poker.
That hand not only knocked Lu out in 19th place, but also put Gregg firmly into the lead with well over 2 million in chips. He will be extremely confident going into the penultimate day of finally winning his first major poker title.
The last elimination of the afternoon went to Todd Rodenborn who finished in 17th; he walked away with $12,004.
Of the notables left in the tournament we have former chip leader Brent Roberts, Vinny Pahuja, Chris Lee and Athanasios Polychronopoulos. One interesting fact is that all of the players left in the tournament do not hold a WPT as of yet, so we are in for a new WPT champion.
Play is set to continue on Tuesday as they play down to the televised live final table.