Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
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Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
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Ashton Vying for 2nd $50K PPC Title as 19 Players Head to Day 4

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Matthew Ashton
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Matthew Ashton from Liverpool, United Kingdom sits in second place after three long days of poker action with 19 players remaining in the $50,000 Players Championship, the event he managed to win just two years ago. A total of 12 players will cash in this event and currently it’s last year’s fourth-place finisher Abe Mosseri who leads the way with 1,201,000.

The third day of play started with 47 players, among which were two former winners in David Bach and Michael Mizrachi. Neither managed to advance, as Bach lost a big pot to Ashton in razz before busting out, while Mizrachi got felted by Ashton. In limit hold’em, Mizrachi held ace-ten of hearts for his tournament life, but that was no match for Ashton’s ace-queen of spades.

Other big names that exited on Day 3 included last year’s runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris, start-of-the-day chip leader Scott Seiver, David Benyamine, and Phil Galfond. The last man in that group hit the rail in arguably one of the craziest hands of the day when he hit quad tens on seventh street in Stud 8 versus Matt Glantz, who made quad queens on seventh! However, this hand didn’t help Glantz too much as he starts Day 4 as one of the short stacks.

Seven players will go home empty-handed tomorrow, and Jason Mercier is among the shorter stacks heading into the penultimate day. We caught up with the three-time bracelet winner at the completion of the day.

“I’m happy to still be in," said Mercier, who busted out two spots from the money last year. "I wish had a few more chips and I peaked at 900,000 today and bagged up 477,000. Anything can happen tomorrow, we’re seven away from the money so hopefully I get to make the money for the first time in this event and make a run.”

Play restarts tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. PST and six finalists will remain after tomorrow’s action. Here are the chip counts heading into Day 4:

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts

PlaceNameChip Count
1Abe Mosseri1,201,000
2Matthew Ashton1,068,000
3John Racener1,030,000
4John Monnette948,000
5Mike Gorodinsky945,000
6Justin Smith873,000
7Chau Giang839,00
8Ben Sulsky740,000
9Joe Cassidy589,000
10David “ODB” Baker540,000
11Ben Yu537,000
12Shawn Buchanan533,000
13Jean-Robert Bellande532,000
14Chris Klodnicki482,000
15Jason Mercier477,000
16Dan Smith441,000
17Dan Kelly428,000
18Matt Glantz362,000
19Lamar Wilkinson157,000

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For the second day in a row, Scott Seiver bagged up the chip lead, though his 688,500 isn't too far ahead of Abe Mosseri and former champ Matthew Ashton, who finished with 657,400 and 607,900, respectively. Those will be the big stacks heading into Day 3 of Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship. Others who were among the 47 survivors were two other former champs, two-time winner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (361,500) and David Bach (258,400), online star Ben Sulsky (425,300), and Jason Mercier (212,400), who won a bracelet just a few days ago.

This year is the 10th installment of the event that high-stakes poker players from across the globe deem as the most important event of the year, and the one they all want to win more than anything. With an average field size of 124 entries and an average first-place prize of just under $1.7 million over the years, the field will be small, but immensely skilled, and there will be plenty of money to be won.

Two new games have been added to the mix for 2015, but this isn't the first time that this tournament has seen a format change. The event originally started as a $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament in 2006. It was played in this format up until 2010, when it was then changed to an eight-game format with the addition of no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, and 2-7 triple draw. This year, two more games have been added, with badugi and no-limit 2-7 single draw now being in play.

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Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
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