On Monday, the surviving 357 players (92 from Day 1a; 128 from Day 1b; and 138 from Day 1c) from a 862-entry field returned to the Playground Poker Club for Day 2 action in the 2013 partypoker World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event. Everyone was looking to make the money by finishing in the top 99 to claim a portion of the more than $2.7 million prize pool. Over the course of 10 levels, the bubble did indeed burst, and by the end of the night just 59 players remained in contention.
The man best positioned to make a run at the $500,824 first-place prize was the 2012 PokerStars European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event champ Ludovic Lacay, who finished the night as the chip leader with 1.261 million.
Here’s a look at the top 10 chip stacks at the end of Day 2:
According to the WPT live blog, the day was characterized by hundreds of eliminations. One of the first to go was 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel. The Canadian raised all in for 16,000 in Level 11 (600/1,200/200) and cleared the field to Alexsandar Markovic, who moved all in over the top from the small blind. The big blind folded and the cards were turned up.
It was a bad spot for Duhamel and he watched helplessly as the board ran out . While Duhamel was among the first to go, he was far from the last.
Others who fell on Day 2 short of the money were Jeff Madsen, Jonathan Roy, Jason Koon, Jeff Gross, Matt Salsberg, Micah Raskin, Mike Linster, Joe Kuether, Loni Harwood, Aaron Massey, Calvin Anderson, Giacomo Fundaro, Dan Kelly, Eugene Katchalov, Scott Seiver, Shannon Shorr, Scott Clements, Phil Laak, Sorel Mizzi, Vanessa Selbst, Will "The Thrill" Failla, and recent WPT Caribbean champ Tony Dunst.
The money bubble burst in Level 18 (3,000/6,000/1,000), and it happened when Sebastien Drolet-Poitras opened for 16,000 from middle position only to have David Parades three-bet to 46,000 from the big blind. Drolet-Poitras responded by moving all in for 215,000 and Paredes snap-called.
It was a classic flip, and Drolet-Poitras was just looking to dodge an ace or a king. He did so on the flop, but not on the turn. Parades spiked a bullet to take a commanding lead and leave Drolet-Poitras in need of a ten on the river to stay alive. Unfortunately for him, that didn’t happen as the blanked. Drolet-Poitras left empty handed while the remaining 99 players were guaranteed a minimum payday of $5,204.
From there, the in-the-money eliminations began to mount and included Mohammadi Homan (99th - $5,204), Ravi Raghavan (92nd - $5,204), Gavin Smith (90th - $6,025), Daniel Strelitz (85th - $6,025), Shawn Buchanan (81st - $6,846), Antonio Esfandiari (80th - $6,846), Todd Terry (78th - $6,846), Roland Israelashvili (73rd - $6,846), Matt Marafioti (69th - $7,942), Byron Kaverman (64th - $7,942), Keven Stammen (61st - $9,037), and Kevin Saul (60th - $9,037).
Interestingly, Lacay got many of his chips by picking off a big bluff from the aforementioned Kaverman:
Others who will join Lacay Day 3 are Darren Elias (756,000), Yann Dion (714,000), Adam Kornuth (509,000), Griffin Benger (474,000), Imari Love (435,000) Kevin MacPhee (371,000), Victor Ramdin (222,000), Mark Radoja (165,000), and Mohsin Charania (135,000).
Day 3 will begin Tuesday at 12 p.m. local time, and you can stay tuned right here to PokerNews for all daily recaps from the 2013 WPT Montreal.
Data and photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com