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2017 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic: Ernie Guardarramas Leads The Final Table

Only Nine Players Remain From 271-Entry Field With $58,608 For Eventual Champion


Chip leader Ernie GuardarramasThe final table is set in the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 no-limit hold’em main event. A total of 271 entries were made in this event, building a prize pool of $239,212 to easily surpass the $200,000 guarantee. Now only nine players remain with a shot to capture the title and the first-place prize of $58,608. The eventual champion will also grace an upcoming cover of Card Player magazine!

Only 57 players survived the two starting flights to make day 2, and from that group only 27 players made the money, with a min-cash being worth $1,818. The nine players remaining are all now guaranteed at least a $5,382 payday.

The chip leader heading into the final table is Ernie Guardarramas with 1,855,000. There are just under 8 million chips in play, with the average stack being 903,333.
Hassan Jamil (1,297,000), Jason Sagle (1,290,000), Lou Procopio (1,110,000) and Mark Roberts (1,048,000) also bagged up seven-figure stacks.

The two largest stacks coming into day 2 were Paul McClean and Leo Kaplin. Both players made the money, but neither was able to survive to the final table. Kaplin finished 16th for a $2,990 payday while McClean placed 11th for $4,545.

The final nine will return at noon local time on Monday, November 13 and play will continue until the next CPPT champion is decided.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Ernie Guardarramas 1,855,000
2 Hassan Jamil 1,297,000
3 Jason Sagle 1,290,000
4 Lou Procopio 1,110,000
5 Mark Roberts 1,048,000
6 Tommy Tomasello 746,000
7 Rob Bourkney 435,000
8 Bradley Girdler 213,000
9 Guy Klass 139,000

Seneca Niagara Casino and HotelThe Seneca Gaming and Entertainment poker room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the first floor of the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel. The 23-table room features 13 big screen televisions, free wifi, free drinks, free parking, player rewards and spreads a large selection of hold’em, stud and Omaha games. The gaming floor offers roughly 4,000 slot machines, table games and keno.

The world-class gaming facility opened in 2002 as the result of an $80 million remodel of the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center into a full-service casino. The property also features fine dining, star-studded entertainment, a health and wellness spa and many other premium guest amenities. For more information, or to book a room, call 716-299-1100 or visit the casino homepage.

To learn more about the CPPT and see other upcoming tour stops, visit the tour’s homepage.

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