Sangannagari Leads Final 16 in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown; Moreno & Madsen Still Alive

Sridhar Sangannagari

On Monday, the World Poker Tour (WPT) $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown saw 107 players return to action. By the end of the night, just 16 players from the 2,290-entry remained in contention for the $1,128,250 top prize.

Sridhar Sangannagari (lead picture) holds the chip lead with 18,125,000 while James Anderson isn’t far behind with 16,925,000. Others still in contention include Bin Weng (10,575,000), Andrew Moreno (7,125,000), Gal Yifrach (5,550,000), Dylan Smith (2,925,000), and Jeff Madsen (1,675,000).

End-of-Day-3 Chip Count

1Sridhar Sangannagari18,125,000
2James Anderson16,925,000
3Rafael Farah Jarufe10,900,000
4Bin Weng10,575,000
5Isaac Kempton9,200,000
6Andrew Moreno7,125,000
7Naing Thu6,350,000
8Clemen Deng6,200,000
9Mitchell Garshofsky5,575,000
10Gal Yifrach5,550,000
11Andrew Ostapchenko4,625,000
12Doria Rios3,950,000
13Dylan Smith2,925,000
14David Mzareulov2,725,000
15Champie Douglas2,050,000
16Jeff Madsen1,675,000

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Among those to fall on Day 3 were Alex Jim (17th - $46,200), Natasha Mercier (18th - $46,200), Taylor von Kriegenbergh (22nd - $38,000), Ryan Riess (28th - $31,500), Steve “Cuz” Buckner (33rd - $26,400), Frank Lagodich (54th - $19,100), Raminder Singh (59th - $16,500), Ethan “Rampage” Yau (64th - $16,500), Kristen Foxen (70th - $14,400), Day 1b chip leader Akash Seth (88th - $11,300), and Chance Kornuth (105th - $9,050).

Bin Weng eliminated Natasha Mercier
Bin Weng eliminated Natasha Mercier

The night ended after a pair of eliminations. First, in Level 28 (75,000/125,000/125,000), Naing Thu raised to 250,000 from the button only to have Weng three-bet to 875,000 from the small blind. Natasha Mercier then four-bet jam for 1,825,000 from the big, Thu folded, and Weng called.

Natasha Mercier: 44
Bin Weng: A6

It was a flop and Mercier held on the KK3 flop. Unfortunately for her, the A appeared on the turn to give Weng the lead. The {Kh| river was no help to Mercier and the last woman in the field took her leave from the tournament.

Alex Jim
Alex Jim

Not long after in Level 29 (75,000/150,000/150,000), Clemen Deng raised to 375,000 under the gun and Alex Jim responded by moving all in for 1.075 million from the big blind. Deng called with the J9 and was looking to get there against the A5 of Jim.

The Q53 flop didn’t do it, and neither did the Q turn. However, the J was just what Deng needed to drive a dagger through Jim’s heart and to put an end to the night.

The remaining 16 players are guaranteed $56,800 in prize money, though all are hoping to make their way to the final table where at least six-figure paydays await. Here’s a look at the payouts for the final nine:

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrizePOY Points

Day 4 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2nd at 12 p.m. EST and will reach the final table, which will then be played at the Hyper X ESports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25th.

*Images courtesy of WPT and Seminole Hard Rock.

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