2013 WPT Canadian Spring Championship Day 2: Klann Eyes Second Title of Season XI

Paul Klann

On Monday, the 2013 PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship continued for Day 2 action from the Playground Poker Club with 294 of the original 735 players returned for ten more levels of play. At the end of the day only 44 players remained with Paul Klann, who won this year's WPT L.A. Poker Classic, leading the way with 1,793,000 in chips.

End-of-Day 2 Unofficial Top 10 Chip Counts

1Paul Klann1,793,000
2Jonathan Bardier1,356,000
3Josh Field1,078,000
4Amirmasoud Babakhani925,000
5Brian Beggs851,000
6Danny Suied820,000
7Jason Duval805,000
8Derek Lerner775,000
9Robin Bergren741,000
10Ravi Raghavan682,000

Action recommenced in Level 11 with the blinds at 600/1,200/200, but it wasn’t until the following level (800/1,600/200) that things really heated up. According to the WPT Live Reporting Team, that is when up-and-coming poker star Aaron Massey was eliminated from the tournament. It happened when he got his stack all in preflop holding the {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and was up against the {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} of Derek Lerner. The PokerNews Odds Calculator gave Massey a 38.21% of surviving the hand, but that dropped to 22.53% on the {8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop. The {6-Hearts} turn dropped it further to 13.64%, and when the {3-Spades} completed the board on the river, Massey hit zero in both chips and chances of winning the tournament.

Others who hit the rail in the early going were Jeff Madsen, Huck Seed, Scott Montgomery, Ryan Julius, Poorya Nazari, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Tommy Vedes, Trishelle Cannatella, Vinny Pahuja, Joe Serock, Phil D’Auteuil, Jonathan Roy, Jonathan Little, Matt Salsberg, Kara Scott, Corey Burbick, and Keven Stammen (fresh of his big Sunday Million score).

Burbick’s demise came in Level 17 (2,500/5,000/500) when he min-raised from early position holding {8-}{8-}. The small blind called, Chanracy Khun three-bet to 37,000 from the big blind and Burbick moved all in. The small blind folded and Khun called off his remaining 181,500 with the {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. It was a classic race, and one that came down in Khun’s favor as the board ran out {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. Khun doubled to 380,000 on the hand while Burbick was left with just 18,000.

In the very next hand, Burbick moved all in from under-the-gun and a player in middle position moved all in over the top. The rest of the table folded and Burbick tabled the {a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, which was far behind his opponent’s {a-Spades}{j-Spades}. The [kh3h2s10sJd} board was no help to Burbick and he made a hasty exit from the tournament floor.

The money bubble was in full effect when the field was trimmed to 73 players. It ended up bursting in Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000) when Jason Duval opened for 17,000 from middle position and Ty Reiman three-bet all in for 180,000 from the big blind. Duval called and Reiman was in big trouble.

Reiman: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Duval: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Reiman had run his big pocket pair into an even bigger one, and he’d earn the distinction of “bubble boy” after the board ran out a dry {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{a-Spades}{4-Spades}. Just like that, the remaining 72 players were guaranteed at least $6,076.

After the bubble burst, the in-the-money finishes began to pile up and included Shannon Shorr (71st - $6,076), Bobby Oboodi (66th - $6,076), Jeff Gross (65th - $6,076), Mark Radoja (62nd - $7,124), Matt Kay (60th - $7,124), Jake Toole (56th - $7,124), Will Molson (55th - $7,124), Chanracy Khun (52nd - $8,591), Adam Geyer (51st - $8,591) and Ryan Echum (45th - $10,058).

Gross fell in Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000) when Christian Harder opened for 23,000 from the button and then called when Gross moved all in for 160,000 from the small blind.

Gross: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Harder: {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}

It was a classic flip, and Gross was unable to improve as the board ran out {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{7-Spades}{9-Spades}. Gross became the 65th-place finisher while Harder went on to bag up 441,000.

Others who made it through to Day 3 were Ben Hamnett (661,000), Bryan Piccioli (623,000), Mike Linster (407,000), Kyle Frey (372,000), Ronnie Bardah (229,000) and Carter Swidler (178,000).

Action will resume at 11 a.m. ET as the returning 44 players look to play down to the final 18. We'll have a full recap for you at the completion of play, so keep it locked in to PokerNews.com for coverage of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship. In the meantime, check out this interview with chip leader Paul Klann, who finished as the ClubWPT Player of the Day.

*Photo and video courtesy of WPT.

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