The second starting flight of partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal has seen another wave of qualifiers bag chips for Day 2.
Day 1b on Friday, November 21, had 209 players pay the $3,850 registration and take a seat at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec, bringing the event total to 342 runners. By the end of the day, 86 of those players still had a stack to carry forward to Day 2 on Sunday, November 23.
One of our country's star players, Mike Leah from Ontario, was the one with the most chips at the end of play. He sealed up 297,000 chips, which also puts him ahead of Day 1a chipleader Scott Clements. Leah has had a stellar 2014 so far, and a win at WPT Montreal would be the perfect cap to the year. His most recent result is his win in the $25,000 High Roller at World Series of Poker (WSOP) Asia-Pacific, which earned him $600,000 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. This came shortly after his million-dollar score for second place in the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, four cashes at this summer's WSOP, back-to-back wins in the WSOP Circuit (yes, two gold rings within 24 hours), a win in the first event at the Fallsview Poker Classic, and a win at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Leah has over 20 recorded tournament results this year, five of them were wins, and another two were second-place finishes!
There were plenty of recognizable faces that sat down with chips and vacated their seat before the end of play. Those included Eric Afriat, Antonio Esfandiari, Will Failla, Chanracy Khun, Paul Klann, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, and Sylvain Siebert. They still have one more chance with Day 1c on Saturday.
Along with Mike Leah on the list of the day's survivors were Alim Perales, Sheraz Nasir, Jonathan Jaffe, Christian Harder, David Williams, Max Greenwood, Maurice Hawkins, Andy Frankenberger, Byron Kaverman, Niall Farrell, Jason Mercier, Jimmy Lee, Mike McDonald, Matt Marafioti, Jeff Madsen, Lucas Greenwood, and Dan Smith.
Throughout all of partypoker WPT Montreal, PokerNews will be on the floor to bring you video updates. Our host, Caitlyn Howe, had a chat with Will "The Thrill" Failla about his recent marriage, which hasn't seemed to slow down his poker playing.
Caitlyn also sat down with WPT's Royal Flush Girls to get to know them a bit better.
Mike Leah's early chiplead had us wondering how he got such a huge start. He explains what led to the hot start that eventually saw him end the day with the biggest stack.
Day 1c begins November 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET with another eager group of hopeful players looking to join the Champions Club. Check back with us tomorrow for another recap and more videos, or watch our Twitter feed for video posts throughout the day.
* Results and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Update Blog