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2019 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic Draws 247 Total Entries

The Strong Turnout Built A $218,027 Prize Pool, With $53,419 To Go To The Eventual Champion


Chip leader Harpreet PaddaRegistration is officially closed in the 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 no-limit hold’em main event. The second and final starting day drew 170 entries, which combined with the 77 made on day 1A, created a final total of 247 entries in this tournament. The strong turnout meant that the $200,000 guarantee was easily surpassed, building a final prize pool of $218,027 that will be awarded to the top 27 finishers.

Any player that makes the money will lock up at least a $1,657 payday, but everyone will have their eyes set on the title and the first-place prize of $53,419. In addition to the trophy and the top payout, the eventual champion of this event will also grace the cover of an upcoming issue of Card Player magazine.

Saturday, Nov. 16’s Day 1B saw 170 entries narrowed down to just 34 that moved on to day 2. Those players will join the 15 that survived day 1A, meaning that action will resume with 49 players. That means that 22 players will need to be eliminated before the money bubble bursts.

The overall chip leader heading into day 2 will be day 1B’s Harpreet Padda. The Mississauga, Ontario resident bagged up 458,000 to surpass day 1A’s leader Alex Visbisky, who will enter Sunday’s action with 428,500.

The other biggest stacks moving on to day 2 include Brian Ballentine (303,000), Leo Kaplin (303,000), Jeffrey Scott (284,500), David Phong (280,000), Tom Babiarz (254,500) and Dennis Durante (253,000).

2018 CPPT Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event Champion Victor AdamsDefending champion of this event Victor Adams had made it through day 1A with 47,000, but was apparently not satisfied with that as he attempts to win this event in consecutive years. Adams played on day 1B and ended up finishing the night with 183,000.

In 2018 Adams outlasted a field of 249 entries to secure the title, the $53,583 top prize and his place on the cover of Card Player.

Play resumes at 11:00 a.m. local time for day 2 and will continue until just six players remain. Those final six will return at noon on Sunday, Nov. 18 to play down to a champion.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the 48 players returning for day 2:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Harpreet Padda 458,000
2 Alex Visbisky 428,500
3 Brian Ballentine 303,000
4 Leo Kaplin 303,000
5 Jeffrey Scott 284,500
6 David Phong 280,000
7 Tom Babiarz 254,500
8 Dennis Durante 253,000
9 Renmei Li 230,500
10 Karla Bow 229,500
11 Jim Witkowski 205,500
12 Frank Parisi 196,500
13 Jason James 191,000
14 Victor Adams 183,000
15 Scott Muwara 172,500
16 John Abraham 168,500
17 Peter Kaemmerlen 163,000
19 Brad Girdley 154,000
20 Michael O’Brien 152,000
21 Joe O’Keefe 151,500
22 Henry Zou 148,000
23 Ken Wasik 138,000
24 Pablo Delgado 137,500
25 Duc Dang 137,000
26 Omar Elnasrallah 131,500
27 Vince Palma 127,000
28 Vadim Rozin 125,500
29 Jimmy Setna 110,500
30 Illian Kandiah 104,500
31 Chris Farr 101,000
32 Adam Foster 100,000
33 Chris Meyers 99,500
34 Collin Reilly 98,000
35 Andrew Miller 93,500
36 Chris Barton 87,000
37 Veerab Zakarian 71,500
38 Jeremy Hoeltke 70,600
39 Matt Marcinkiewicz 70,000
40 Kevin Siler 68,500
41 Richard Curren 65,500
42 Paul Butski 65,500
43 Craig Schafer 48,000
44 Greg Mille 46,000
45 Sharman Olshan 43,000
46 Kristan Mackiewicz 39,000
47 Gaetano Buda 39,000
48 Mike LaTour 28,500

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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 & wellness spa and many other premium guest amenities. For more information, or to book a room, call 1-877-873-6322 or visit the casino homepage.

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

Photo and information provided by Seneca’s Legends of the Fall Poker Blog.