The excitement for the start of the 45th annual World Series of Poker Main Event was electric as players gathered for Day 1a of the marquee tournament. Arguably the most prominent event of the year anywhere in the world, a win here is one of the most sought-after titles in the game. The $10 million that is guaranteed for first place would be a nice reward too.
The $10,000 no-limit hold’em event saw 771 players sit down for the first starting flight, of which there will be two more before players can see a Day 2. With 30,000 chips to start and two-hour levels, many players were able to survive the day. There were 505 players with chips when the bags came out at the end of Level 5.
Standing on top of the heap was Martin Jacobson with 200,100. Jacobson is from Sweden, but it was great to see the chip leader wearing a nice red Canadian Olympic sweater throughout the day. Without a single bracelet awarded to a Canadian all summer, we’ll take the small victories where we can find them. Jacobson’s lead was substantial, as the second-largest stack belonged to Aaron Wilt with 157,650 — a gap of over 40,000 chips.
The largest stack in the hands of a Canadian at the end of the day was the 96,000 chips sitting in front of Angus Wong from Ontario. Sam Chartier also made it through the day with 46,725. You may recall that he took down the recent PokerStars Canada Cup High Roller for $122,050.
Here are the top 10 Canadian stacks from Day 1a:
The rest of the Canadian contingent was made up by David Quang, Richard Debruyn, Edward Kershaw, David Shores, Stephen Lacas, Michael Malm, Richard Guttman, Donald Chorkawy, Mark Defaria, Ryan Rivers, Laurence Grondin, Oliver Greer, Jamil Kanji, Sebastian Proulx, and Robert Mercer.
A few of the bigger Canadian names that didn’t make it through the day include Paul Sokoloff who finished third in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em WSOP event just a couple of weeks ago, Charles Sylvestre who earned both a WSOP bracelet and a WSOP Circuit ring in 2013, and 2013 November-Niner Marc-Etienne McLaughlin looking to go back to back with a WSOP Main Event final table again in 2014.
These 505 players will return for Day 2 on Tuesday, including the 25 Canadians. There are still two more chances for players to enter this prestigious event on Day 1b and 1c, so look to see plenty more Canadians enter the competition.
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