The Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Summer Showdown has kicked off the $1,100 Main Event at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino and Doug James is leading the way after Day 1a with 348,200 chips. Only four players crossed the 300,000 mark, and 20 survived the day to qualify for Day 2.
Play began at noon and didn't wrap up until 2 a.m. They didn't quite reach the 10% of the field that they were hoping to get to, so Day 2 will not begin in the money. Day 1b begins at noon on Saturday.
With 128 entries in the day, the $150,000 prize pool guarantee was not far off. With a larger field expected on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising to see that guarantee doubled by the time Day 1b registration closes at the start of Level 10.
Here are the top 10 stacks who survived Day 1a:
James, with the chip lead, is hot off of his fourth-place finish in the $3,300 High Roller in this same series, as well as a runner-up result in the Summer UltraStack in Vancouver. He's definitely one to watch as this event heads toward Day 2 on Sunday.
But first, we need to see a new field enter on Day 1b. Follow the action on the PokerNews Canada live blog for reports of the big hands, the familiar faces, and the largest stacks.