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Andrey Zaichenko Leads 108 Into WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day 3

One-time gold bracelet winner Andrey Zaichenko now attacking the WPT top and L.A. Poker Classic’s $1 million top prize

Day 2 of this year’s edition of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic is now in the books, but what a day it was. It kicked off with 337 survivors from Day 1. They were joined by 23 players who registered into the event during its second day of action. By the end of that second day, there were 108 hopefuls left.

Russian player Andrey Zaichenko scooped the largest stack after surging to the top of the leaderboard. The player bagged 946,500 for the overnight chip lead. The poker pro will thus continue to battle for his first cash from the World Poker Tour.

While he is yet to scoop a prize from the series, it should be noted that Zaichenko is no stranger to poker success. In 2016, the player won a gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker. He claimed the piece after topping the field of a $1,500 Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament.

The Russian poker pro won his career’s largest cash of €487,190 in 2014 when he took down a €10,300 High Roller event during the EPT Prague festival. Zaichenko can now improve that result and take home his first-ever seven-figure poker prize.

The 546-person field of the $10,000 buy-in WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event generated a prize pool of more than $5.1 million. And a top prize of $1,015,000 will go straight to the winner. However, there are a few more days to be played until their name becomes known.

What’s on the Day 3 Agenda?

The remaining 108 hopefuls could burst the money bubble later today. There are payouts for the top 69 finishers, min-cashes starting from $17,230, but everyone is certainly eyeing the lion’s share of the prize pool and the accompanying accolades.

While Zaichenko secured a comfortable chip lead into Day 3, there were other players who did quite well throughout Day 2. David Gonzalez with 860,500 and Brian Yoon with 646,500 are the other survivors who made it to top three of the temporary leaderboard.

There are several former WPT Main Event champions still in the hunt for the title. Most notably, record-breaking four-time WPT winner Darren Elias collected one of the largest stacks of Day 2. The player is set to return to the host venue, Commerce Casino in the Los Angeles area, with 385,000 in chips. Other Champions Club members that will join him later today include Taylor Paur (523,000), James Carroll (321,000), Mike Del Vecchio (256,500), and Tony Tran (252,500) among others.

Action is set to resume at noon local time at the host casino. As mentioned above, the money bubble will probably burst at some point throughout the day. In addition, organizers will introduce the Action Clock one table from the money.

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