Ali Hassan Out in Front after Day 1a at CPT Spring Showdown

Grey Eagle Casino CPT Spring Showdown

The Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Spring Showdown $1,100 Main Event is well under way at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta. The first of two Day 1's played through 15 levels yesterday.

The event has a modest $125,000 guarantee which was nearly met on Day 1a with 106 entries. With Day 1b being a Saturday and many of the people busting Day 1a coming back for another shot, expectations are that the field will be even larger today. By the end of play, just 23 players still had chips yesterday, and Ali Hassan sits on the top of the pile with 479,000.

Top 10 stacks from Day 1a:

1Ali Hassan479,000
2Shenhong Yang364,700
3Jonathan Sanborn288,700
4Sean Giesbrecht199,400
5Andrei Pui167,100
6Daniel Butts147,500
7Ronald Giles139,400
8Martin Malone123,700
9Ryan Shoonbaert119,300
10Ryan Glynn118,500

You can see a full list of players and stacks on our live-reporting page.

Some of the notable names expected to enter on Day 1b are Daniel Idema, Calen McNeil, CPT host Gillian Epp, Jason Koon, and Alex Bylicki.

Sean Giesbrecht is holding on to the top spot on the Player of the Series leaderboard, and with his large Day 1a stack, he may be collecting more points from the Main Event to add to his tally. The Player of the Series will earn cash for travel expenses, a VIP Suite and comps at Aria Resort and Casino, plus an entry into a major upcoming poker tournament in Las Vegas that is yet to be announced. Niall Farrell, winner of Event 1, is next in points behind Giesbrecht and may be returning for Day 1b today after busting two bullets in Day 1a.

You can see the full Player of the Series points race by visiting the leaderboard on Global Poker Index, and you can also use their score calculator to figure out how many points a player can earn in any given position of any of the CPT Spring Showdown tournaments.

Events 1, 2, and 3 are already in the books, as they were played out in the past few days. Besides the Main Event that resumes today, still to come are the $330 Bounty and the $3,300 High Roller.

PokerNews Canada is on site for the Main Event and the High Roller live-reporting all of the action. Stay on top of the tournament as it progresses throughout the day by checking in with our live-update blog.

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