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Jim Collopy Leads Final 12 Players In CPPT Bike Main Event

12 Left Out Of 507 Entries Battling For $136,230


Day 2 of the 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Hotel & Casino main event drew 29 direct buy-ins for $4,300 thanks to the tournament’s Quantum structure. Those 29 entries combined with the 478 runners from the first three starting flights to bring the total field size to 507 entries.

The strong turnout surpassed the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and generated one worth $594,000. The tournament paid out the top 63 spots and the eventual winner will walk away with $136,230 for their efforts. Over the course of four days, those 507 entries have been trimmed down to the final 12 players.

Jim Collopy holds the inside track to the title and the six-figure payout. He comes into Day 3 leading the pack with 3,725,000 in chips. He is just a few spots away from making his second consecutive final table in this event. Last year, Collopy finished fifth for $29,640.

Collopy edged out Chris Klodnicki for the chip lead. Klodnicki finished the day with 3,040,000. Klodnicki and Collopy are the only two players above the 3 million chip mark. Joining them at the top of the chip counts is Nicky Komphouvong, who finished the day third in chips with 2,190,000.

Two-time World Poker Tour champion Marvin Rettenmaier starts Day 3 fifth in chips and Los Angeles tournament regular Pete Hengsakul is right behind the German pro with 1,185,000.

There were 117 players that returned for Day 2 from the three starting flights, meaning the day started with 146 players vying for a spot in the money.

The money bubble burst just before the end of the day’s sixth level. A couple of simultaneous eliminations meant that hand-for-hand wouldn’t be necessary and that the final 63 players would all guarantee themselves a cash of at least $1,600.

Those that busted during Sunday’s 13 levels, but finished in the money include WPT champion Jordan Cristos (54th), two-time WPT champion Art Papazyan (49th), Bill Klein (46th), defending champion Andrew Wisdom (35th), Peter Neff (32nd), Nathan Bjerno (31st), Jisup Hwang (29th), Phong ‘Turbo’ Nguyen (28th), WPT champion Dylan Linde (26th), Global Poker qualifier James Salmon (24th), Joe Serock (18th), Bruce Kramer (16th) and Mike Eskandari (14th).

Brendon Williams is the last Global Poker qualifier remaining in the fieldThere were 30 players that, like Salmon, won their way to Southern California on Global Poker. Coming into Day 2, there were nine still alive and most of them made the money. Joris Springael was the final player to hit the rail on Day 2, finishing in 13th place, making him the penultimate Global Poker qualifier standing.

Brendon Williams, a native of British Columbia, qualified on the site and has a chance to take a CPPT title home with him. He will have some work to do on Monday as he finished Sunday near the bottom of the chip counts with 670,000. He is guaranteed to take home at least $7,720.

The final 12 players will return on Monday at 2 p.m. Card Player will continue to provide live updates from the tournament and there will be streaming coverage from the final table provided by Live At The Bike!.

Here are the chip counts heading into the final day:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Jim Collopy 3,725,000
2 Chris Klodnicki 3,040,000
3 Nicky Komphouvong 2,190,000
4 Vyacheslav Stoyanov 1,770,000
5 Marvin Rettenmaier 1,550,000
6 Pete Hengsakul 1,185,000
7 Anne Bui 875,000
8 Zaher Samaan 795,000
9 Tarun Ravi 785,000
10 Daniel Shea 700,000
11 Brendon Williams 670,000
12 Michael Ung 480,000