Day 1c of partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship

The final Day 1 at World Poker Tour (WPT) National Canadian Spring Championship came to a close on Saturday, March 29th, at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec. The $1,100 event has a huge $1,000,000 guarantee on the prize pool that was surpassed early in the day.

After gaining as many entries as Day 1a and 1b combined, 172 players bagged chips at the end of play on Day 1c. The official field size is 1,079, creating a prize pool of $1,046,630. Payouts will be available at the start of Day 2.

The Day 1c end-of-day chip leader was Pierre Guenette, bagging a massive 378,900 stack. Following Guenette was Ricky Tang, Frederic Bunchan, Jean-Philippe Piquette, and Selajtin Jakupovski.

Some notables surviving the day were Mike Sexton, Samuel Chartier, Charles MacDonald, and Sylvain Siebert.

Those not so fortunate on Day 1c include Gavin Smith, Antonio Esfandiari, Chanracy Khun, Kyle Hartree, Jeff Gross, Anna Khait, Chris McClung, Erik Cajelais, Eric Danis, and Norm Overdijk.

Play will resume at noon on Sunday as 323 players will take their seats for the start of Day 2. The money bubble will burst at some point during the day. PokerNews Canada will be on site again for Day 2 and will provide updates of the action throughout the day.

End of Day - 9:45 p.m.

Action has wrapped up for the day and players are bagging their chips. Day 2 will resume at noon on Sunday.

AK Holds - 9:30 p.m.

Stephanie Goertz raised to 7,000 and Steve White moved all in for his last 36,000~. After a short pause, Goertz made the call, tabling {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts} and White flipped over {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}. The flop ran out {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{4-Spades} giving White a scare as Goertz now had 15 outs with any heart, queen, or jack. The turn was the {8-Clubs} and the {5-Spades} on the river gave White the check mark and almost a double-up, boosting his stack to 62,000.

Vaillancourt Calls 5-bet Shove Pre-flop - 9:00 p.m.

Pierre Gaudet, Omid Shahbazian, and Benoit Vaillancourt were at battle with each other once again. Gaudet raised preflop in the hijack to 4,000, Shahbazian reraised to 10,000 in the cutoff and Vaillancourt four-bet to 27,5000 in the big blind. Gaudet got out of the way and Shahbazian five-bet shoved all in. Vaillancourt made the call putting himself at risk with {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Shahbazian turned over {q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} and took the lead hitting top pair on the {9-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} flop. The turn {a-Spades} gave Vaillancourt a few outs, needing one of the three remaining queens. It was not to be as the {2-Hearts} fell on the river and Vaillancourt hit the rail as Shahbazian added 60,000~ to his stack, now sitting with 140,000~.

4th Break - 8:15 p.m.

Players are just returning to their seats from a 15-minute break. Level 12 has just begun with 242 runners remaining. Blinds are now 800/1600 with a 200 ante and the average stack is 68,400.

Big Pot for Carbery - 8:00 p.m.

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Anthony Carbery adds a nice pot to his stack.

Pierre Guenette raises to 2,700 and is called by Omid Shahbazian and Benoit Vaillancourt. Anthony Carbery re-raises to 13,200 and gets called by Guenette and Vaillancourt. The flop comes {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}, Vaillancourt checks in the small blind, Carbery bets 12,000, is called by Guenette, and Vaillancourt folds. The turn brings the {2-Hearts} and both players check to see the river {j-Clubs}. The two check again and Carbery shows {a-}{k-} and Guenette shows {6-}{9-} as he mucks. Carbery rakes in a decent 70,000~ chip pot.

Level 11 Stacks - 7:15 p.m.

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Sammy Chao has a strong stack to work with.

Here are some chip counts from around the room. Players are on Level 11 and the average stack is currently 59,100.

James Nortcliff180,000
Sammy Chao175,000
Serge St-Pierre162,000
Pierre Guenette160,000
Louis Cabana160,000
Jean-Nicolas Fortin145,000
Jean Philippe Piquette142,000
Ryan Higgins140,000
Mike Sexton125,000
Charles MacDonald75,000
Samuel Chartier70,000
Sylvain Siebert70,000
Gavin Smith50,000

3rd Break - 6:15 p.m.

Players are currently on a 15-minute break as Level 9 is complete. There are now 322 runners remaining. The average stack is 51,400, and when play resumes with Level 10, blinds will be 500/1000 with a 100 chip ante. 16.6 million is the total number of chips in play, and one player will have to accumulate every one of them to be crowned the champion.

The Table to Watch - 5:30 p.m.

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Tony Dunst chatting up Gavin Smith between hands.

Shortly after Esfandiari busted from Mike Sexton's left, Gavin Smith arrived to find a seat at the same table. Tony Dunst, who has a stack from Day 1a going into Day 2, spent some time on the rail watching Sexton's and Smith's table while he waited for a cash table to open up.

Runner-runner Quads - 4:15 p.m.

We caught up with the action after a huge roar echoed through the poker room. Claude Coulombe was all in with {8-}{8-} on the river against Nuno Vieira’s {a-}{k-} with a board reading {a-}{k-}{k-}{8-}{8-}. Coulombe had found runner-runner 8’s to hit quads and double up to 15,000~

2nd break - 3:45 p.m.

Players are now on a 15-minute break as Level 6 has come to an end. Registration will remain open during the break until Level 7 begins. There are currently 549 entries today and 434 of them remain.

Level 6 Stacks - 3:30 p.m.

Here are some of the chip stacks before the second break:

Mike Sexton110,000
Peter Labib95,000
Kal Raichura94,000
Charlie MacDonald62,000
Samuel Chartier47,000
Sylvain Siebert69,200
Gavin Smith42,000
Chris McClung39,000
Jeff Gross32,000

Esfandiari Busts Third Bullet - 3:00 p.m.

The Magician could not pull a rabbit out of his hat in a hand against Sebastien Legault. On a flop of {10-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, Legault checked in the small blind and Antonio Esfandiari put in a bet of 1,075. Legault raised to 3,500 and Esfandiari three-bet shoved for around 15,000. Legault snap-called turning over {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for a flopped flush and Esfandiari could only smile and throw his cards into the muck, drawing dead with {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. Legault picked up over 20,000 in the pot, while Esfandiari will have to finish his massage away from the table.

Kings Meet a Paired Ace - 2:45 p.m.

Norman Overdijk opened to 700 in mid-position, action came around to Mathieu Parent in the big blind, and Parent raised to 2,800. Overdijk made the call to see a {10-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{j-Spades} flop, and once again Parent bet 2,800. Overdijk flatted the bet and the {2-Spades} fell on the turn. Parent continued for another 2,800 and Overdijk called, bringing the {9-Spades} on the river. This time Parent checked and Overdijk checked behind. Parent showed {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} for a pair of aces and Overdijk flashed {k-}{k-} before mucking.

Esfandiari Having to Earn Respect - 2:15 p.m.

Antonio Esfandiari was making jokes at his table saying his raises were getting no respect. The next hand, Esfandiari opens to 400 in the cutoff and gets calls from Sebastien Legault on the button, Sebastien Tremblay in the small blind, and Michael Bailey in the big blind. Antonio says, “been in this situation before ...”

The flop came {3-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. The two blinds checked, Esfandiari bet 625, Legault and Tremblay moved out of the way, and Bailey made the call. The turn brought the {8-Hearts}, Bailey checked, Esfandiari bet 1525, and Bailey let his hand go.

Time for Magic - 2:00 p.m.

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Mike Sexton had the misfortune of having Antonio Esfandiari plunked into the seat immediately to his left.

The Magician has entered the building! Antonio Esfandiari has just taken his seat at table 49, next to none other than the WPT’s Mike Sexton. Esfandiari will have position on Sexton sitting directly to his left.

1st Break - 1:15 p.m.

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A busy Saturday at Playground Poker for Day 1c.

Players have reached their first break of the day at the end of Level 3. There are currently 523 entries with 501 remaining. The $1,000,000 guarantee has been met and players continue to stroll into the room. Registration is open for another three levels.

When players return, blinds will be 100/200 with a 25 ante, and average stack is 31,400. There are now 15.7 million chips in play.

Peng and Hansmeyer Rake It In - 12:45 p.m.

Table 43 saw a four-way pot to the flop. Vincent Jacques, Xiao Peng, Jean Rene Lafleur, and Vance Hanes all threw 1,100 chips in the middle to see the flop. The flop delivered the {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}{9-Hearts} and Lafleur, Hanes, and Jacques checked to Peng on the button. Peng made a bet of 1,900 and her three opponents surrendered and the 4,000 pot was slid her way.

On table 47, Steve White opened to 425 getting a call from Jonathan Hansmeyer. The flop came {3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}, White c-bet 450, and Hansmeyer made the call. Both players checked the {k-Hearts} on the turn to see the {2-Hearts} on the river. White continued with a bet of 525, Hansmeyer raised to 2,700 and White was forced to fold.

Nortcliff and Sexton Face Off - 12:15 p.m.

James Nortcliff raises to 1,100 in mid-position and Mike Sexton three-bets to 2,500. Nortcliff makes the call and the two see a flop of {6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Nortcliff checks and Sexton bets 3,000. After a short tank, Nortcliff moves all in for his last 8,800 and Sexton calls with {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. Nortcliff flips over {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and leaves Sexton drawing dead with a {9-Clubs} on the turn. The {3-Spades} fell on the river securing Nortcliff’s double up.

Nortcliff: 24,000~
Sexton: 87,000~

Early Arrivals - 12:00 p.m.

Some familiar faces in the morning crowd today are Sylvain Siebert, Chris McClung, Gavin Smith, Jeff Gross, Kyle Hartree, Mike Sexton, Samuel Chartier, and we should be seeing Antonio Esfandiari later today.

Sexton had a great start to the day not long after making the start-of-play announcement.

Play Begins - 11:00 a.m.

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Playground Poker makes sure there are plenty of healthy snacks to keep players fueled for the day.

The room is filling up here at the Playground Poker Room. 416 entries were registered when the call for dealers to "shuffle up and deal" was announced. It is now looking like the overlay alert has been removed as the total number needed was at 473 entering the final starting flight.

Players are starting with 30,000 in chips, blinds are 50/100, and there are now 12.5 million chips in play.

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