The final starting day for the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event played through five two-hour levels on Monday, and it set a new record. The 3,768 entrants for Day 1c was the largest WSOP Main Event starting field in history.
Day 1a kicked things off with 771 entries, 2,144 were added to the mix on Day 1b, and with the record-setting field for Day 1c, the total entrants tallied 6,683. The prize pool has been set at $62,820,200 and will be dispersed to the top 693 players, with the top spot earning the guaranteed $10 million.
Coming in at the top of the pack at the end of play on Day 1c was Eric Tracy with 206,175 chips. Right behind Tracy with the second-largest stack of Monday’s field was Phil Ivey with 187,025.
The largest stack in the hands of a Canadian was the 129,250 chips in front of Daniel Negreanu’s seat. He also has the most chips of any Canadian from all three start days as players head to Day 2. He barely edges out Nathan Fletcher who bagged 127,125 on Day 1b. With two runner-up finishes this summer and leaping to the top of the live tournament earnings list, not to mention more than a decade of great poker success, Negreanu is obviously one we might want to pin our hopes on for this Main Event.
These are the top 10 Canadian stacks from Day 1c:
Some of the other notable Canadians that made it through Day 1c include Greg Mueller (80,125), Griffin Benger (75,525), Owen Crowe (73,000), Carla Sabini (69,900), Paul Klann (63,150), Matt Salsberg (61,000), Erik Cajelais (56,325), Lucas Greenwood (55,650), Matthew Lapossie (50,475), Gavin Smith (43,700), Elliot Smith (41,775), Jonathan Duhamel (41,375), Dan Idema (40,000), Timothy Adams (39,750), Matt Marafioti (39,375), and Shawn Buchanan (28,625).
Two other big names from our side of the border, Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Tuan Lam, did not manage to survive their first day.
The following are the rest of the many Canadians who bagged chips at the end of Day 1c:
|Quentin Siffledeen||Jaspal Brar||Jean-Nicholas Fortin||Derek Lerner||Kyle Ho|
|Parker Talbot||Frank Katana||Dong Guo||David Barter||Spiro Mikrogianakis|
|Edmund Chan||Julien Fauteux||Gregory Genge||Chantal Mackenzie||Michael Smith|
|Perry Rouzes||Anthony Diotte||Jeff Cote||Jeffrey Rothney||Thomas Popov|
|Frankie Sicoli||Steve Tripp||Emmanuel Desmarais||Tony Hoang||Clavet Mathieu|
|Robin Bergren||Joe Godbout||Carmelo Menechella||Philip Couture||Ross Webb|
|Mark Hughes||Grant Frulling||Jean-Pascal Savard||Clayton Mozdzen||Jeffrey Chu|
|Joonyeol You||Steven Parkin||Nicholas Verkaik||George Phipps||Alexandre Lavigne|
|Miguel Proulx||Michel Halioua||Christopher Klementis||Alexander Wong||Ping Lin|
|Demosthenes Kiriopoulos||Samrane Siharath||Anh Van Nguyen||Jason Kastner||Joel Bullock|
|Vincent Lam||Aaron Duczak||Jeffrey Mahoney||John Nixon||Ravinder Bedi|
|Alex Bylicki||Scott Hendrickson||Christopher Comely||Brian Wilson||Rudy Blondeau|
|Ali Rabah||Doris Charlebois||Dale Sandberg||Michael Noor||Brant Taylor|
|Malachy Hagan||Bradley Smith||Christopher Annouza||Martin Feijo||Patrick Lindsay|
|Stephen Katz||Yuri Siniak||Sasa Stancic||Sukhpaul Dhaliwal||Said Shahinfar|
|Michelle Doiron||Justin Ouimette||Chris Back||Gerald Fehr||Scott Hill|
|Devin Robinson||Allon Allison||Brian Mckay||Dennis Macdonald||David Baba|
|Daniel Koschok||Simon Charette||Christopher Lastiwka||Keith Wintermans||Navroop Shergill|
|Adam Kende||Vanessa Kade||Alemu Makonen||Carter Swidler||Cossette Spencer|
|Anthony Mar||Neal Thornton||Sebastian Sikorski||Jeanfrancois Lauzon||Guillaume Rivet|
|William Son||Dawit Tsegai||Jeff Hakim||Vic Dicriscio||Sylvain Charest|
|Douglas Savage||Douglas Hartwick||Cindy Kerslake||Mitchell Shuter||Jair Beltran|
|Raymond Chen||Duc Nguyen||Mark Gunderson||Scott Hempel||Ivan Mamuzic|
|Paul Pritchett||Geoffrey Mulligan||Jaymie Holland||Matthew Wood||Tyler Bonkowski|
|Steven Halcovitch||Brian Macnevin||David Ottosen||Glen Ming||Dylan Shwartz|
|Steven Bonertz||John Frampton||Henry Ivany||Michael Flanagan||Todd Chamberlain|
|Colin Genge||Jonathan Plens||Chad Siu||Matthew Grocholsky||Kimberly Lim|
This adds 161 players to the Canadian contingent for Day 2 in the Main Event. The total across all three starting days is 258 Canadians who bagged chips. Among those are plenty of big names with more than enough skill go deep — even make a final table — dare we say, win the damn thing?
Players from Day 1a and 1b will be hitting the felts on Tuesday for Day 2a/b, while these survivors from Day 1c will be back on Wednesday for Day 2c.
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