Day 2 of partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship

Players returned to the Playground Poker Club eager to begin Day 2 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Canadian Spring Championship. 311 hopefuls began play today and 11 round of 45-minute levels are on the agenda. The first cards were in the air shortly after noon.

Here are some of the top chip stacks in the room:

Mario Lim1,758,000
Eric Afriat1,700,000
Sylvain Siebert1,655,000
Alexender Wong1,402,000
Tyson Erback1,190,000
David Lanthier1,099,000
Frederic Bunchan1,049,000
Brent Wheeler1,022,000
Johnny Mazzaferro1,006,000
James Northcliff1,002,000

End of Day - 9:45 p.m.

Day 2 has come to an end with 39 players remaining. Mario Lim won a 600,000 pot on the last hand of the night to take the end of day chip lead with 1,758,000. Eric Afriat is second in chips with 1,700,000, and serial Canadian final-tablist Sylvain Siebert rounds out the top three bagging 1,655,000.

Samuel Chartier, online qualifier Simon Quintal, 2010 WPT Championship 6th-place finisher Eric Afriat, and Osman Soubra are also in the hunt.

The money bubble was burst on Day 2. Some notables making the money were WPT’s Tony Dunstin 44th for $4,500, Mike Sexton in 74th for $2,400, Amir Babakhani in 75th for $2,400, Nicky Evans in 83rd for $2,100, Jean-Philippe Piquette in 100th for $1,500, and Mike Leah in 104th for $1,500.

Those busting before the bubble include Philippe Boucher, Kara Scott, Steve White, Charlie MacDonald, Harley Stoffmaker, and Xuan Liu.

Players will return on Monday at noon where play will continue until a final table of six is reached. Stay tuned for live updates throughout the day.

Sharma Busts on Final Hand of the Day - 9:30 p.m.

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Mario Lim (left) knocked out Ashutosh Sharma (right) in the final hand of Day 2.

Action folded around to Mario Lim in the small blind and he shoved his huge stack pre-flop. Ashutosh Sharma decided to put his tourney life on the line and called, flipping over {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. Lim turned over {a-Spades}{10-Spades} and the dealer dealt the board: {2-Clubs}{q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. Sharma couldn't connect and won't be back tomorrow for Day 3.

Fades the Royal - 9:15 p.m.

Eric Afriat, John Paul Tabago, Gaetano Buda, and Daniel Cote see a 50,000 four-way pot to the {j-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades} flop. Afriat, Tabago, and Buda all check, and Cote sticks out a bet of 120,000. Afriat moves out of the way, Tabago moves all’in for 241,000, Buda folds, Cote makes the call turning over {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and Tabago reveals a flopped set with {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. The turn brought a huge sweat for Tabago with the {k-Hearts} bringing in a royal flush draw. The {3-Spades} on the river saved Tabago and he raked in the 500,000 chip pot.

Dunst is Done - 9:00 p.m.

Not long after his double-up, Tony Dunst was shut down for the night.

Siebert Back For More - 8:45 p.m.

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Sylvain Siebert has incredible results in WPT series in Ontario and Quebec.

Sylvain Siebert just won't quit. He just final-tabled the $2,500 event at the Fallsview Poker Classic a couple months ago, and he final-tabled the $3,850 WPT Montreal last November as well as the year before at this same poker room. He consistently runs deep in the major events in this part of the country. He's currently sitting on one of the top stacks in the room and is in good position for a repeat performance and maybe even take one down.

Blind Battle - 8:30 p.m.

Ruben Perceval elected to limp his small blind when folded to him pre-flop, and Kenneth McFarlane checked. The flop delievered {a-Spades}{8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and Perceval check-called McFarlane's 40,000 raise. The {j-Spades} came on the turn and Perceval led out for 76,000; McFarlane called. The river came the {6-Hearts} and both players checked. McFarlane showed {j-}{9-} for middle two and Perceval mucked.

Dunst Doubles - 8:15 p.m.

Tony Dunst just picked up a much need double. Dunst moved all in pre-flop for 157,000 with {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and was called by Alexander Wong with {q-}{5-}. The board ran out {3-}{k-}{7-}{10-}{a-} and Dunst raked in the 350,000 pot.

3rd Break - 8:00 p.m.

After a short break, Level 23 is under way and there are 60 players remaining. Blinds are now 10K/20K with a 3K ante. Average stack is now 539,500, or 27 big blinds.

Kimmel Doubles - 7:45 p.m.

David Lanthier opened to 40,000 and Josh Kimmel moved all-in for 80,000. Lanthier reluctantly made the call with {a-Spades}{7-Clubs} but he was ahead as Kimmel turned over {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. The flop was decent for Kimmel, running {q-}{2-}{j-} giving him the lead. The turn {q-Diamonds} secured the double up. The river {a-} meant nothing and Kimmel boosted his stack to 215,000.

Nortcliff Chips Up - 7:30 p.m.

James Nortcliff opened to 46,000 and was called by Daniel Cote. The flop ran out {2-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and both players checked. The {3-Hearts} came on the turn, Nortcliff lead out 65,000, and Cote folded. Nortcliff was pushed the pot bringing his stack up to 850,000.

Renaud Out to Lanthier - 7:15 p.m.

David Lanthier called the all-in of Jonathan Renaud preflop for 221,000 with {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts} against Renaud’s {4-}{4-}. The flop came {9-}{9-}{7-} giving Lanthier a plenty of outs. The {7-} fell on the turn, counterfeiting Renaud’s pocket pair and he was left with only two outs remaining. Neither 4 came to the aid of Renaud as the {8-Clubs} gave Lanthier a straight and Renaud was eliminated.

Level 22 - 7:00 p.m.

Level 22 is about to begin and blinds will now be 8K/16K with a 2K ante. There are 80 players left and the tournament average chip stack is 404,600.

Monster Pot for Peng - 6:30 p.m.

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Xiao Peng wins a huge pot.

We caught up to a hand at table 61 on a flop of {6-Spades}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs} with over 300,000 in the middle. William Foxen, Xiao Peng, and William Mullen all checked to see the {a-Spades} on the turn. Foxen and Peng checked once again and this time Mullen bet 115,000. Foxen folded and Peng slid in the call. The river brought the {2-Diamonds} and both players checked. Peng showed {a-}{k-} and Mullen tabled {a-}{10-}. Peng was pushed a monster 530,000 chip pot.

2nd Break - 5:30 p.m.

Players have just returned from a 25-minute break while the pink 500 chips were raced off. Level 20 has just begun. Blinds are now 5K/10K with a 1K ante. The average stack is 281,000 and there are 115 players left.

In the Money! - 5:00 p.m.

The bubble has burst. Maxime Laberge and Daniel Cote called the 22,000 all-in bet of Stephanie Goertz preflop to see a {2-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} flop. Both players checked and the turn brought the {4-Hearts}. Cote fired 30,000 and Laberge folded. Cote turned over a turned set with {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} crushing Goertz’s {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, leaving her drawing dead to the {6-} on the river. Goertz was eliminated in 127th place, one from the money.

The Sunday Grind - 4:45 p.m.

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Mike Leah in WPT Canadian Spring Championship and on Full Tilt Poker.

Playing a big live tournament over the weekend means you have to sacrifice the juicy online action on Sunday ... unless you can multitask. The Playground Poker Club is filled with the sound of shuffling chips and announcements, as well as computers, tablets, and phones chirping at their owners to alert them to a hand they are in online. This is real multi-tabling!

Big 3-Way Pot - 4:30 p.m.

We arrived at the table with Dean Murphy, Irina Tchakarova, and Badri Abboud in a hand. Tchakarova had moved all in for 21,000 after Murphy had opened. Abboud and Murphy both made the call and the three saw a flop of {9-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Both players checked to see the {3-Hearts} on the turn. Murphy bet 35,000 and Abboud obliged. The {4-Spades} fell on the river and Murphy moved all in for 80,000. Abboud quickly called turning over {k-Spades}{j-Spades} and Murphy flipped over {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for a better kicker, winning the side pot. Tchakarova revealed {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for a rivered set and won the main pot of 70,000~.

Soubra Knocks Out Walker - 4:15 p.m.

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Osman Soubra sitting on a nice stack.

Osman Soubra opened in late-position and Arthur Walker shoved all in for 76K. Action folded back around to Soubra and he made the call. Walker turned over {k-}{k-} and Soubra tabled {a-Spades}{7-Spades}. The flop was not kind to Walker, falling {j-}{j-}{a-Clubs} and leaving Walker in trouble. The {q-} on the turn gave him some hope as he could hit any 10 or the two remaining Kings in the deck. Unfortunately, the {8-} on the river was no help and the pot was pushed towards Soubra, who now sits among the top stacks in the room with 580,000~.

The Field at Level 18 - 3:45 p.m.

As Level 18 begins, the blinds and antes are now 3K/6K with 1K ante. With 163 players remaining, the average stack is 198,600. Some recent casualties of the day include Mark Wilson, Harley Stoffmaker, Charles MacDonald, Dylan Wilkerson, and Xuan Liu, who tweeted this after her bust out:

Evans Defends - 3:30 p.m.

Nicky Evans was recently in action with Alexander Wong preflop. Wong opened from mid-position to 10,000 and Evans reraised from the small blind to 25,000. Tony Dunst folded in the big blind and Wong threw his cards into the muck as well. Evans is now sitting on 270,000.

Level 17 - 3:00 p.m.

Players are now back to their seats for the start of Level 17 after a 15-minute break. There are 200 runners left, meaning we are 74 bust-outs unill the money bubble will burst. Blinds are now 2.5k/5k with a 500 ante. The average stack is 161,900.

Tang Adds to his Big Stack - 2:30 p.m.

Johnny Benehoutsos opened to 8,500 under the gun and Ricky Tang raised to 23,900 on the button. George Daoukakis flatted from the small blind and Benehoutsos made the call. The flop came {4-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades} and Daoukakis led out with a bet of 30,000. Benehoutsos folded and Tang slid 30,000 towards the pot. The {10-Hearts} fell on the turn and once again Daoukakis led out, this time for 35,000. Tang thought for a minute before putting out a raise to 105,000 and Daoukakis let his hand go. Tang raked in the massive pot boosting his stack to 430,000.

Level 16 - 1:50 p.m.

Level 16 has just begun with 234 players remaining. Blinds are now 2000/4000 with a 500 chip ante. The average stack is now 138,300.

Turcotte Sucks Out on Galanti - 1:45 p.m.

Andre Turcotte bet 50,000 into a 45,000~ pot on a {6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop and Garen Galanti moved all in over top for 69,000. Turcotte reluctantly made the call tabling {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Galanti turned over {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. Galanti got up and walked away from the table, not wanting to witness the rest of the board. His gut was correct as the {2-Spades} fell on the turn giving Turcotte a set and the lead. The river fell {4-Diamonds} and Galanti returned to the table to see the horror that was revealed on the turn. Galanti was eliminated and Turcotte raked in the 140,000~ chip pot.

Royal Flush Alert! - 1:00 p.m.

We got to table 23 just as a big pot was being pushed toward Arthur Walker. Walker was all in on the river holding {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}with a board reading {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{q-Clubs}; he had rivered a royal flush! Alain Toledano had called the all-in on the river with {7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} with his rivered flush. Walker raked in a big double-up, and his stack is now sitting at over 160,000.

Short Stack Doubles - 12:30 p.m.

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Steve White doubles his short stack in first hand of Day 2.

Steve White entered play today as the shortest stack in the room. White was on the button in the very first hand with 13,100 chips and moved it into the middle over top of a 5,000 open by Georges Hallak. Hallak made the call with {q-Spades}{10-Spades} and White turned over {k-Spades}{9-Spades}. White was a 60/40 favorite to get his much needed double up.

The flop was a beauty for White as it fell {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} giving him the nut flush draw and a 77% chance of getting the double. The {a-Hearts} added some chop-outs and the {8-Spades} secured the hand for White, boosting his stack to 33,300.

Payouts Released - 12:25 p.m.

The payouts have been announced and 126 players will make the money. A min-cash will earn players $1,569 and the champion will take home $178,114 out of the total $1,046,630 prize pool.


Level 14 has begun and blinds are starting at 1200/2400 with a 400 ante. Average stack is 104,000 and there are a total of 32,000,000 chips in play.

Shuffle Up and Deal - 12:20 p.m.

Play got off to a delayed start to allow late-arriving players to find their seat. A nearby bridge closure has made travel to Playground Poker Club a bit difficult and unpredictable on the weekend, so Playground pushed back the start of play.

311 players took their seats and we will see the money bubble burst today. The payout schedule should be available soon.

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