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Alpheus Chan Tops 46 Day 1B Survivors in the PPWC Main Event, Rajeev Kanjani Makes Day 2

Alpheus Chan & Rajeev Kanjani
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis February 18, 2019
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The Resorts World Manila on Sunday played host to the participants entering the second starting flight of the PPPoker World Championship (PPWC) Main Event and after 10 demanding levels of play, only 46 survived from the total field of 143. Combined with the 64 entries on Day 1A, the current field size at the event stands at 207 entries.

Some Indian contenders were seen in action including the likes of Rajeev Kanjani, Sajal Gupta, Sumit Sapra and Indian-origin Dhanesh Chainani. While Kanjani, who had finished runner-up in the ₹75K High Roller at the Baadash Gaming Live Tournament in October 2018, carried a workable stack of 82,800 to Day 2, the others were railed before the day’s proceedings came to a close. However, with Day 1C kicking off later today, there is still a chance for more Indians to qualify for Day 2.

Taking pole position on Day 1B was Alpheus Chan. The Canadian pro dominated the felts from start to finish and bagged the largest stack of 273,500 that also makes him the overall chip leader from the two starting flights combined. Ysmael William Lim (266,500) and Mark Gruendemann (204,100) rounded up the top three stacks of Day 1B.


Main Event – Day 1B Recap

Day 1B of the PPWC Main Event drew in a total of 143 players out of which only 46 made the cut for Day 2. Team India has a few runners in the mix which included Sajal Gupta, Sumit Sapra, Dhanesh Chainani and Rajeev Kanjani. Kanjani was the only Indian challenger to qualify for Day 2 from the second starting flight with a workable stack of 82,800. He will be joining fellow countrymen Abhinav Iyer (230,400), Kalyan Chakravarthy (206,200), Aditya Sushant (116,200) and Jasven Saigal (19,800) on Day 2.

Rajeev Kanjani
Rajeev Kanjani

Alpheus Chan emerged as the chip leader at the end of the day’s play. He dominated the felts from the get-go and even orchestrated the elimination of 2018 WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama in level three. By level 8, following a double up, Chan had consolidated his stack to 166,000. He ended the day with 273,500 in the bag that makes him the overall chip leader at the event, above Day 1A chip leader Abhinav Iyer (230,400).

Alpheus Chan
Alpheus Chan

Chan is closely trailed by Ysmael William Lim (266,500) who holds the second biggest stack, with Mark Gruendemann (204,100) placed a distant third on the leaderboard.

Other notable stacks include Guillem Ivan (138,100), Kim Choong Kon (128,400), Lee June Kiat (115,100) and Loo Junzhong (107,000).

Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1B

1. Alpheus Tin Ho Chan – 273,500

2. Ysmael William Lim – 266,500

3. Mark Gruendemann – 204,100

4. Daniel Lankford Smith – 185,900

5. Marquez Richard Serrano – 184,300

6. Lester Edoc – 178,000

7. Mendoza James Uy – 173,600

8. Alex Lee Xiang Wei – 148,700

9. Pena Jharome Capito – 145,200

10. Olsson Per Douglas – 143,600

Content & Images Courtesy: So Much Poker

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