Fortini leads Lucky Hearts; field down to 36

The World Poker Tour/Lucky Hearts Poker Open trimmed down to 36 players Sunday night, and the player at the top of the list is a South Floridian.

Hayden Fortini, who has won events at the Isle Casino and Racing and is one of poker's young stars, has the chip lead. Play resumes at 1 p.m. Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

On Sunday, the field played down from 143 to 36. The money bubble before midnight. John DiBella left the field in 37th place around 2 a.m. Each remaining player will now take home at least $7,795.

Fortini has 946,000 chips, followed by WPT winner Tony Ruberto (835,000), and Evan Teitelbaum (814,500). Former WPT final tablers at the Hard Rock Joe Serock and Justin Zaki are still alive, as well as Matt Giannetti, Danny Shiff, Vinny Spadavecchia, Lily Kiletto, Marsha Wolak, Mike Beasley, Larry Sharp, Darryll Fish and Matt Salsberg.


Pictures: Zombie Walk in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Notables that missed the money today include Champions Club members Noah Schwartz, Matt Waxman, Tommy Vedes, Victor Ramdin, Steve Brecher, Ravi Raghavan, Jonathan Roy, Jonathan Little, and Dwyte Pilgrim. Other big names that made an exit on Day 2 were Kathy Liebert, Amanda Musumeci, Dan O’Brien, Allen Kessler, Adam Levy, Leo Margets, Tony Cousineau, and Matt Stout.

Get updates after 1 p.m. at WorldPokerTour.com. The final table starts at 2 p.m. Tuesday.