WSOP Main Event Canadian Contingent: 97 Reduced to 39 on Day 2a/b

Players from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event’s Day 1a and 1b returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Tuesday to unbag their chips and try to build their stack through another five two-hour levels.

The day had a unique setup, with the two groups of players staying segregated but playing simultaneously — Day 2a in the Amazon Room and Day 2b in Brasilia and Pavilion. Day 2c will take to the tables on Wednesday before all of the remaining players combine into one field for Day 3.

Tim Stansifer bagged the most chips at the end of play. He will be headed to Day 3 with 481,500, a substantial lead over Thomas Cannuli trailing behind with the second-largest stack of 407,800. The start-of-play chip leader, Martin Jacobson, also carried his momentum into Day 2a/b and sealed up 342,700 for the night — good for 11th on the chip leaderboard.

The largest Canadian stack was found in 13th overall and belonged to Ali Davar from Vancouver. He’ll start Day 3 comfortably with 341,800 chips. Here are the top 10 stacks from the Canadian contingent when play ended for Day 2a/b:

Ali Davar341,800
Erik Cloutier236,600
David Shores217,700
Robert Davis196,900
Chanracy Khun188,500
Darlene Lee178,000
Alex Livingston166,000
Nathan Fletcher155,500
Sam Greenwood153,300
Angus Wong149,700

Many of those top stacks are recognizable names who have consistent success in tournament poker. Other noteworthy players who survived the day with less than a top-ten stack include Mark Radoja (134,000), Mike Watson (104,200), and Michael Malm (90,400).

The following are the rest of the Canadians with chips in bags after play ended on Day 2a/b:

Duc NguyenRichard JeffreyFrancois BinetteNoah VaillancourtGuillaume Gignac
Stephane BlouinDarren KeyesEvan JarvisJean FerreiraLaurence Grondin
Shawn WilsonOsman SoubraRyan MackinnonAdrian MilroyNarinder Singh Khasria
Edward KershawMark DietrichJohn LavoratoRandy JansenTheodore Lui
Stephen LadowskyBashar RamahiColin BernardRoger SimpsonJason Hallee
Oliver Greer    

A few strong contenders were busted from the event before reaching Day 3. Paul Sokoloff, Sam Chartier, Jason Mann, Sorel Mizzi, Eric Afriat, Xuan Liu, Scott Montgomery, and Jonas Mackoff are no longer in the running for a Main Event win this year.

Just 39 Canadians remain from Day 2a/b from the 97 who unbagged chips when play resumed. There are plenty more players from the better side of the 49th who will be battling it out on Day 2c on Wednesday.

To keep up to date on all the action, make sure you follow the coverage on the PokerNews live reporting blog. Then check back in here for a recap of the day’s action to virtually rail the Canadian contingent at the 2014 WSOP Main Event.

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