Abe Mosseri Leads Poker Player Championship

2013's PPC winner, Matt Ashton, is currently in 2nd place with 19th left and will be looking to "do a Mizrachi" by winning one the year's biggest tournaments twice in three years

For many pro players the $50k Poker Players Championship is the real Main Event of the WSOP as the field, although small, is packed with the games brightest stars, and winning the PPC is a major achievement. With three days complete the original field of 84 players has been whittled down to 19, with Abe "EazyPeazy" Mosseri at the head of the pack with 1.2m chips.

This is familiar territory for Mosseri as he was in the exact same position last year in this very event, leading the pack heading into day 4. Last year the American pro finished 4th for a $402.7k payday and will no doubt be looking to improve on that position this year.

As it stands players are still not guaranteed any prize money as only the last 12 finishers get paid. The current "bubble-boy" Jean-Robert Bellande will be looking to climb the leaderboard, and certainly won't be looking to live up to his nickname of "Broke Living JRB" if he can help it.

Just behind Mosseri, and the only other player to bag up seven figures in 2013's PPC winner, Matthew Ashton from England. Ashton won $1.77m for his 2013 win, and if he can "do a Mizrachi" and win the event twice in three years, his total winnings from this event will top $3m.

As you'd expect the remainder of the field is packed with poker superstars including Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky (740k), Mike "gordo16" Gorodinsky (945k),  Justin "Boosted J" Smith (843k), Jason Mercier (477k),  and Dan Smith (441k).

The players will be back later today to hopefully play down to a final feature table of 6. The winner of this years event will pick up a cool $1.27m.

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