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Card Player Poker Tour: Amit Makhija Headlines Bicycle Main Event Final Table

The Main Event Brought in a Prize Pool of More Than $663,000


The 2014 CPPT main event at the Bicycle Casino is streaming live with hole cards starting at 3:30 PM pacific. Check it out below!

Amit MakhijaAs the Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino Main Event heads to its final day, Amit Makhija headlines a talent-filled final table that includes 2012 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Champion Josh Hale.

Makhija has just shy of $2.9 million in live tournament earnings and is looking to add a CPPT title to his already impressive resume.

The penultimate day of the event saw 107 players come back on day 2 after putting up the $1,100 buy-in and surviving one of the first three starting days. There were an additional 56 players who were able to buy into the event at the start of Day 2 for $4,000 thanks to the Quantum Reload structure that the Bicycle Casino uses.

The 56 players who exercised the Quantum reload brought the total field size to 527 and added over $200,000 to the prizepool, bringing the total amount to just over $663,000 and a first place prize of $175,786.

Adam VolenAt the moment, Adam Volen is in the best shape to earn the lion’s share of the prizepool with 4.03 million, but Cody Shedd and Zaher Samaan are right on his heels with 3.88 million and 3.415 million, respectively. Josh Hale, John Apikian, Shan Jing and Makhija are in the middle of the pack, with Tim Cramer and Doug Suyemoto rounding out the bottom of the final table’s chip counts.

While there are only nine left in contention for a CPPT title, the day started with 163 players looking to find a way into the top 54 spots to earn a min-cash of at least $2,720.

There field was full of firepower and top pros, but not everybody was lucky enough to survive the day. Chris DeMaci, Jordan Cristos, Matt Salsberg, Garrett Greer, Owen Crowe and Barry Shulman were just a few of the top pros who were unable to survive past the money bubble.

Allyn Shulman on the other hand, made another deep run in a CPPT Main Event and extends her lead as the all-time earnings leader. She finished in 17th place for $5,770 to bring her career total to $310,059 on the tour.

The money bubble burst halfway through the day without any hand-for-hand action. One the same hand, with 56 players remaining, three players were eliminated. John Simonian, Mike Katz and Derrick Mokedi all split 54th place prize money and took home $906 each.

Once the money bubble burst, the eliminations piled up as the day went on. Melissa Burr, Cord Garcia, Nipun Java, Bart Hanson, actress Sasha Barrese, former Novemer Niner Soi Nguyen, recent WPT Legends of Poker Champion Harry Arutyunyan also earned a cash in the event. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Marco Johnson just missed out on making this one of the most star-studded final tables in the tour’s history, finishing just one spot shy of the final table.

The final nine players will return to the Bicycle Casino on Wednesday afternoon where there will be a live stream of the final table with hole cards revealed on a half hour delay. Cards will get in the air at 3 pm and Card Player will provide complete coverage of the final table action.

Final Table Chip Counts

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Adam Volen 4,030,000
2 Cody Shedd 3,880,000
3 Zaher Samaan 3,415,000
4 Josh Hale 3,380,000
5 John Apikian 2,035,000
6 Shan Jing 1,675,000
7 AmitMakhija 1,550,000
8 Tim Cramer 820,000
9 Doug Suyemoto 730,000