Day 2 of the 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event began with 45 players remaining from the 249 total entries made in this $200,000 guaranteed tournament. When play was halted for the evening, just seven players remained with a shot at winning the title and the $53,853 top prize. As if there wasn’t already enough to play for, the champion will also be featured on an upcoming cover of Card Player Magazine.
The top 27 finishers made the money, with a min-cash being worth $1,670. Action was fast and furious after the money bubble burst, with day 1B overnight chip leader Amandeep Taheem (26th – $1,670) and day 1A leader Barry Kruger (13th – $3,077) knocked out as the evening wore on. It took just over five hours to narrow the field from 27 down to the final 10 players, with Maximilian Droege holding the chip lead when the field combined onto one table. Alex Visbisky finished third in this event in 2015, and he managed to navigate his way to the final ten in fourth chip position this year.
The power balance shifted quickly as the result of a massive three-way all-in. Jeremy Hoeltke moved all-in for 298,000 from under the gun. Peter Mancini called from the hijack and Droege moved all in from the small blind. Mancini quickly called and revealed the KK. Droege had picked up the JJ and Hoeltke AQ. The board ran out Q4263 and Mancini’s kings earned him the massive pot worth 2.4 million, enough to see him surge into the chip lead. Hoeltke earned $4,176 as the 10th-place finisher, while Droege became one of the short stacks.
Not long after that huge pot Steven Calvaneso got all-in with pocket nines against the pocket jacks of Day 1C chip leader Vadim Rozin. Calvaneso failed to improve and was eliminated in ninth place ($4,945).
Just a few orbits after losing with pocket jacks, Droege picked up another big pocket pair with the QQ and got all-in, only to find that he was up against a bigger pair yet again. Chris Meyers had been dealt the AA. Droege was not able to come from behind and was sent home in eighth place ($6,154).
The remaining players are all now guaranteed at least a $7,913 payday for their efforts in this event. The final day will resume at noon on Monday, Nov. 19. Action will begin with blinds of 10,000-20,000 with a 20,000 big blind ante for level 23.
Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final day:
The Seneca Gaming and Entertainment poker room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the first floor of the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel. The 23-table room features 13 big screen televisions, free wifi, free drinks, free parking, player rewards and spreads a large selection of hold’em, stud and Omaha games. The gaming floor offers roughly 4,000 slot machines, table games and keno.
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 and wellness spa and many other premium guest amenities.