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$2,400 NLHE Main Event (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1,200/2,400/400 Ante
Players Remaining: 60

A couple of railbirds at the Hilton Aruba!

A couple of railbirds at the Hilton Aruba!

The tournament is down to 70 players, spread across eight tables. From the blog’s railbirding perspective, here’s how they’ve shaken out thus far:

Table 16 - Ronnie Bardah (seat 4), Christian Harder (seat 5), Ed VanLandingham (Seat 9)

Table 16 – Ronnie Bardah (seat 4), Christian Harder (seat 5), Ed VanLandingham (Seat 9)

Table 16

Massachusetts-turned-Las Vegas pro Ronnie Bardah had the toughest Day 1 table of the tournament yesterday, and things don’t get any easier today as Bardah has Maryland pro Christian Harder on his direct left to begin Day 2 play. Harder has more than $3,700,000 in live earnings and most recently took fifth in the PokerNews Cup as part of the Borgata Poker Open for $13,000 and change in September. PPC champion Ed VanLandingham also joins Table 16 at the┬átable of death.

Table 17 - Justin Swilling (seat 4), Marti Ball (seat 5), Tim Sciscoe (seat 7)

Table 17 – Justin Swilling (seat 4), Marti Ball (seat 5), Tim Sciscoe (seat 7)

Table 17

The table that will be the headquarters for the PPC live coverage tomorrow features some talented players already. Justin Swilling, Marti Ball, and Tim Sciscoe (with his lucky hat) are among the competitors, and with no clear chip leader this table will very likely become a lion’s pit with tons of action as the day progresses.

Table 18 - James Sloat (seat 6), John Ott (seat 8), Aristoteles Neto (seat 9)

Table 18 – James Sloat (seat 6), John Ott (seat 8), Aristoteles Neto (seat 9)

Table 18

PPC champion and Day 1A chip leader James Sloat is joined by 2014 PPC celebs John Ott and Aristoteles Neto at Table 18. All three are very solid professionals who know how to maneuver a tough table. Neto has already made the championship posts twice on the blog thus far in 2016’s edition of the Aruba Championship for a top-four chop finish in Event 2 and a runner-up in Event 4, so despite his smaller chip stack to start the day he’s dangerous. And he is the sole remaining Aruba Main Event champion left in the field, as the defending champ Vincent Fiorenza met an early fate before Level 13.

We’ll keep a weather eye on these three exciting Main Event tables and the other five as well, as the coverage of the 2016 PPC Aruba Championship Main Event continues here from the Hilton Aruba Resort Hotel and Casino!