Day 2 of the WSOPC Planet Hollywood $400 NLHE tournament wrapped up on Sunday and the event has already been a success. 712 entries were recorded, allowing the $200,000 guarantee to be pushed up to a prize pool worth $234,960. Action resumed on Monday afternoon, with only nine players remaining in the hunt for the top prize.
The tournament series has become an international affair, drawing players from Mexico, the U.K., China, Russia, France and Belarus. Still battling it out are several Circuit ring winners and a WSOP bracelet winner. Nate Bandy, who has four rings to his credit, began the final day in third place in chips with 1.535 million. Three-time ring winner Steve Foutty was in fifth with 915,000 and Bill Hamilton and Austin Reilly, each with one ring, are still hanging in there. Hamilton is short stack with just 545,000 and Reilly is sitting on a strong, second-place stack of 2.155 million.
China’s Longsheng Tan, who won a WSOP bracelet at the Rio this past summer, is still in, as well, with 965,000 chips— currently enough to be in fourth place. Tan earned his bracelet after beating a field of 1,351 players at the $1,500 NLHE event, for which he picked up $323,472. In just two years, according to Hendon Mob, he has earned over $825,000 in live tournament action.
Reilly is only slightly behind the chip leader, Walter Rodriguez, who has 2.34 million. The Mexican player is 15th on Mexico’s All-Time money list, having earned $254,991, according to Hendon Mob. He’s coming off a second-place finish at the WSOPC Choctaw $600 NLHE event, which wrapped up on November 10. His best finish to date is a second-place, $160,062 pot he won for the $1,675 NLHE Main Event WSOPC Choctaw on the same date last year.
Rounding out the top nine finalists are Brian Soja, Peter Christiansen and Robert Wido. Wido started the final day in eighth place with 620,000 chips, Christiansen was slightly better with 710,000 and Soja is in sixth with 895,000.
For those who weren’t fortunate enough to go the distance, they have already collected their prize money, ranging from $790 to $3,525. The ultimate winner will take home $46,509 and the runner-up will earn $29,025. The third-place prize is $21,300, followed by $15,825 for fourth. Because of the event’s timing, the results won’t be released until after the time of publication of this article.