Anthony Zinno and Eric Afriat Headline 2017 WPT Playground C$3,500 Main Event Day 3

The WPT and partypoker.net have once again joined forces for a thrilling poker festival hosted by Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Québec. A C$3,500 Main Event is gracing the rich schedule and has attracted some of North America’s and the world’s best poker players to clash against each other for a share of the prize pool and hopefully for the WPT title.

Three days of play have already come and gone, the 1A and 1B starting flights and Day 2. The tournament attracted a total of 380 entries and was reduced to just 28 survivors by the time the gong announcing the end of Day 2 clinked at the host venue (figuratively).

A prize pool of C$1,179,520 is to be split to the top 48 finishers. The money bubble burst on Sunday, when Day 2 of the tournament was played. Ramesh Puradchithasan then became the first player to leave his seat at Playground Poker Club with a payout.

The names of two former WPT champions, one of them a multiple-time champion, can be spotted in the list of 28 players left. Anthony Zinno, one of the four players in the WPT history to have won three WPT Main Event titles, will be fighting off opponents for his fourth such title.

Eric Afriat, who won his first title back in 2014 for topping the then record-breaking 1,795-person field of the $3,5000 Championship at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, is also among the WPT Playground survivors. The player is set to start Day 3 play today as the one holding the third biggest chip stack.

Afriat bagged and tagged 825,000
on Sunday night to position himself closely behind Hendrik Latz with 838,000 and Jean-Pascal Savard with 834,000. All remaining survivors are set to return to the host venue today at noon local time for their third day of play. The C$3,500 Main Event is scheduled to be completed on February 15.

WPT’s very own Mike Sexton, who won the partypoker.net WPT Montreal C$3,850 Main Event last November, missed the chance to grab another title after busting on Day 2. Other notables to to have left the WPT Playground Main Event were former WPT champions Darren Elias, David Paredes, and John Roy, as well as WPT regulars Matt Affleck, Upeshka De Silva, and Mike Leah.

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