Level 24: (8,000/16,000/2,000)
Remaining Players: 10
Average Stack: 848,000
The final 10 players have sorted out the chop and while Steven Nooralian is the official winner as he will be taking home the trophy and World Poker Tour Main Event seat, the other nine players are certainly winners for their part in the chop. Brief recaps on the nine are below with an event recap and winner’s photo of Nooralian to follow.
Ed Gazvoda took the chip lead after the two-table redraw and came into the final table maintaining that edge. Gazvoda used his chip advantage to negotiate a larger share of the chop and will earn a career-best score of $21,211.
Bernard Richardson started the day as the chip leader and continued to build for all of Day 2. Richardson was smiling throughout the two days of the event and will definitely be back to play future events at Maryland Live! after finishing with his largest career cash.
Tom Wang was the last Live! Bounty left at the final table and as a result of his part of the chop, Wang will earn $1,000 for keeping his bounty. This cash marks Wang’s second consecutive cash in a Maryland Live! event and we will certainly see him again at the next World Poker Tour Main Event stop here.
Adam Levy started the tournament as a bounty, but after busting early on, Levy re-entered and spun his stack up into contention. Levy played a short stack in the latter part of Day 2 and survived to the final table and will add to his $2.5 million in tournament live earnings.
Michael Fenwick and Munkhjargal Tsogtsaikhan were both entered at the start of Day 2 and played their way out of an early hole. Both played above the chip average for most of the post-dinner break levels and will be more than pleased to take home $15,211 for their efforts.
Brett Apter came into Day 2 with a top-10 chip stack and after dropping early, found a key double through then chip leader Jonathan Gilliam to move back up the leaderboard and then rode that stack to the final table. The $15,211 Apter takes home will mark his largest career tournament score.
George Karmires used his cash game aptitude to grind a deep stack for most of the event. While never in the upper threshold of the leaderboard, Karmires was never in danger of going bust either and will take home his largest career cash for his efforts.
While taking home the short end of the chop, Jonathan Gilliam certainly can’t complain as he had only 15 big blinds when the chop was agreed upon. Gilliam was the first player over 1,000,000 chips and while he hit some speed bumps following his peak, he was able to coast just enough to make it to the final table and earn $14,611 for his finish.