Day 1a of the partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) National Canadian Spring Championship at Playground Poker Room in Kahnawake, Quebec began earlier today. Partypoker and the WPT guarantee a $1,000,000 prize pool for the event.
At last year’s $3,300 Season XI Spring Championship event, Amir Babakhani outlasted 734 runners to claim a $442,248 1st-place prize. This season, the WPT and partypoker decided to lower the buy-in to $1,100 with unlimited re-entries until the end of level six on each of the three Day 1 starting flights in hopes of doubling the player pool and crushing the guarantee.
219 players registered on Day 1a. Only 62 would survive the opening flight. Leading the way was Eric Davis bagging 276,300 chips, Andre Turcotte with 267,800, and Boyd O’Neill with 241,100. Here are the top 10 chip stacks at the end of play on Day 1a.
Some familiar faces bagging chips at the end of play were 888Poker Pro Xuan Liu (87,300), WPT Champions Club members Tony Dunst (155,000) and reigning champ Amir Babakhani (102,000), Eric Afriat (131,500), Antoine Berube (73,000), and Dylan Wilkerson (26,000).
Notables busting on the day and likely re-entering on Day 1b were Mike Leah, Samuel Chartier, WPT’s Mike Sexton, Antonio Esfandiari, Gavin Smith, Jean-Philippe Piquette, and Erik Cajelais.
Play will resume at 11 am ET on Friday for Day 1b action. The second starting flight will play another 13, 45-minute levels. Re-entries are unlimited until the end of Level 6. Anyone that busted on Day 1a or would like a chance to increase their starting stack may re-enter on Day 1b.
PokerNews Canada will be at Playground on Friday bringing you live updates, bust outs, and monster pots.
* Results and lead photo courtesy of the WPT live-update blog.