$2,400 NLHE Main Event (Re-Entry)
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Antes
Players Remaining: 59
One of the PPC’s featured pros is Ronnie Bardah, an “iron man” of sorts who cashed every World Series of Poker Main Event for five straight years 2010 to 2014. But the Main Event here at the PPC has been a tougher nut to crack for Bardah, who has over $1,200,000 in career lifetime live tournament earnings. His table is a tough nut to crack as well, as he is joined by some difficult opposition at what is clearly the toughest table in the room.
To Bardah’s direct right is Marshall Tarzy, who is a Maryland Live! and PPC Tour Tour reg. Tarzy finished in ninth place, bubbling the “official” final table, of the 2015 version of this same Main Event in Aruba for $7,573.
Behind Bardah is Freddie Kirkland, a Florida pro who recently came runner-up in the 2016 PPC North America Championship Main Event in Tampa in July for $13,000. He also has three career WSOP bracelet event cashes, including one this summer in The Colossus, and a Daily Deepstacks WSOP third-place finish in 2014 where he earned over $20,000 for bronze in that event.
But the main competition, and the biggest stack at the table, belongs to Venezuelan pro Dorian Rios, who sits in front of Tarzy. Currently second on Venezuela’s all-time money list behind only the infamous 2011 EPT Grand Final champion Ivan Freitez, Rios is holding serve with well over double the next closest competitor at the table. In August, Rios added three five-digit cashes at EPT Barcelona events within a week of each other to his resume before he binked the EPT Turbo Bounty 8-Handed $10,000 buy-in event at ESPT Barcelona for $88,472 less than seven days later.
All of them will have their work cut out for them as we close in on the end of the night.