They started with 461 entries altogether, producing a huge $2,143,652 prize pool that more than doubled the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble’s $1 million guarantee. The top 54 finishers get to divide those riches, with exactly half of them having already made the cash to leave 27 more to return for today’s Day 3. Of course, the great majority of the prize pool still remains to be won, with a cool $421,068 up top for the eventual champion.
Jason Helder had the biggest stack of all the 161 players who made it through the Day 1 flights, and he leads those surviving yesterday’s Day 2 as well after having spun his stack up to 1,312,000 by the end of play yesterday. Close behind Helder are Daiane Mendes (1,235,000), Mike Gracz (1,158,000), and Christian Harder (1,126,000), with Farhan Madhani sitting less than an ante outside the million-chip club (with 997,000).
Corey Hochman (633,000), Justin Zaki (605,000), and 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold (580,000) each return to above average stacks as well today, with Jacob Bazeley, David Diaz, Darryll Fish, Anthony Zinno, and the tournament’s last remaining bounty player, Shannon Shorr, helping form the lower division. A final bounty of $2,500 awaits the player able to bust Shorr, not that that’s an easy proposition.
Nor will making tomorrow’s six-handed final table be a simple matter, either, even for the big stacks. Play resumes at 12 noon Monday, as will our coverage. Come back then to start following the scramble for final table seats here at the bestbet Jacksonville.
Among the Day 2 starters were 15 of the 40 original bounties, each of them carrying a $2,500 price on their heads. Jason Mercier was the first of those to fall, and he was soon joined on the rail by the likes of Barry Shulman, Lee Markholt, Brian Hastings, Jonathan Little, Andy Frankenberger, and reigning Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja.
Noah Schwartz and Jared Jaffee have both won WPT events in this building, and both of them lasted relatively deep into the day. Neither of them could fade elimination, though. Their bounties were both claimed in the middle stages of the day, the latter taking a bad beat at the hands of Jamie Gold to make a frustrating exit in 47th place.
Near the bottom of the list sits fellow Champion Anthony Zinno with a short stack of 115,000.
Also in the mix are the aforementioned Shorr and Gold, along with Jacob Bazeley, David Diaz, Justin Zaki, Darryll Fish, and Christian Harder, all of whom are seeking their first WPT title this week in Jacksonville. The same can be said for Daiane Mendes, the second-largest stack and the last remaining woman in the field.
Day 3 begins at 12:00 PM EST with the goal of reaching the final table of six. Thanks to Joe Giron for the photos you’ve seen in today’s coverage; there are plenty more stories to be told over the next two days.