In Las Vegas, this year’s record-setting edition of the WSOP Main Event continues with Day 5 and there are still several players we’ve developed a relationship with over the years in the hunt for the ultimate prize in poker! The number following each player’s name is their chip count to start Day 5.
- Brian Altman (4,861,000) – Brian had a memorable spring of 2016 in the Montreal area when he juggled two events at the same time but hosted at two different venues – and managed a win plus a 16th place finish in that year’s WPT Canadian Spring Championship.
- Brian Yoon (3,228,000) – Brian was the overall Day 2 chip leader in the 2018 MILLIONS North America Main Event. Many years earlier, while visiting Playground to play in the WPT Montreal, he booked a win in a $220 Bounty Tournament, one of the side events in the 2014 Playground Poker Fall Classic.
- Ryan Rivers (2,652,000) – Ryan has made a few deep runs in events here at Playground, but most famously – or infamously – he was part of the four-way all-in that brought the premature end of the tournament.
- Chanracy Khun (2,253,000) – Chanracy is a local pro who was a member of the Player’s Club and has seen success in tournaments around the world, including a WPT Championship and deep runs in big events here at Playground since almost the day we opened our doors.
- Alexander Wong (1,916,000) – Alex joins us at Playground for all of the major events we host, and managed a final table appearance in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship in 2014.
- Antonio Esfandiari (1,260,000) – Antonio is a long-time friend of Playground Poker Club and has co-hosted events with us, had a few deep tournament runs here, and participated in some wild prop bets – including one that led to this immortal footage of him being dunked in any icy dunk tank by his buddy Phil Laak!
- Jake Schwartz (987,000) – Jake has been visiting Playground Poker Club for years, and in 2016 he managed to make the final table of the WPT Montreal, cashing in 6th place in the televised event.
- Carter Swidler (902,000) – Carter is a local pro who is known chiefly for being an online poker master, but Carter has also put together a pretty great live poker resume as well, including a WPT Montreal final table in 2015 and a deep run in 2017’s WPT Playground.
- Ema Zajmovic (851,000) – Ema final tabled the $3,500 + $350 WPT Montreal in November 2016 – and then in the very next WPT we hosted, in February of 2017, she plowed through a 380-entry field to take the $3,200 + $300 WPT Playground Championship! In doing so, Ema became the first female player to win an open event on the World Poker Tour.