The third and final starting flight of partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal saw 390 entrants at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec. This puts the total field at 732 runners, which is a drop from last year's attendance of 862. The year before that — the inaugural WPT Montreal — there were 1,173 entries.
The prize pool has come to just under $2.5 million, and first place will earn a little under $450,000 as well as the $15,400 entry to the WPT World Championship at Borgata.
Of the 390 entries on Saturday, November 22, 171 of them bagged their stack to carry to Day 2 on Sunday. Leading the pack was Alexis Urli, a Canadian with only one previous live tournament cash. He sealed up 290,700 chips, which is just behind Day 1b chipleader Mike Leah who has the most chips going into Day 2 with 297,000.
With the second-largest stack of the day, local Marc-Andre Ladouceur will bring 205,900 chips to Day 2, and others who will be joining him from this flight include Gary Lucci, Dave Swanson, Alexandre Lavigne, Cornel Cimpan, Antonio Esfandiari, Xuan Liu, Pratyush Buddiga, Chanracy Khun, Pascal Lefrancois, Paul Volpe, Jonathan Roy, and Dylan Wilkerson.
Less fortunate were Eric Afriat, Will Failla, Matt Jarvis, Kane Kalas, Paul Klann, Darlene Lee, Mike Linster, Jason Mann, Justin Oliver, Keven Stammen, Shyam Srinivasan, and Charles Sylvestre, who were all eliminated before play ended for the day.
Throughout all of partypoker WPT Montreal, PokerNews is on the floor to bring you video updates. Our host, Caitlyn Howe, had a chat with ClubWPT qualifier James Hefley, who is also celebrating his birthday.
Local WPT Champions Club member Eric Afriat is taking a run at another title, and he also told us about a new venture.
One of the biggest stars of WPT Montreal is the poker room itself, Playground Poker Club. If you haven't played at Canada's premier poker destination yet, this is why you should:
A face that we're most accustomed to seeing around the World Series of Poker made an appearance at WPT Montreal. Dave "All-American Dave" Swanson is tagging along with Jeff Gross and Brian Rast as their trainer. He tells us about his very first WPT tournament.
The most recent WPT Champion is Dylan Wilkerson who just won WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic in Johannesburg, South Africa, and he's at WPT Montreal going for another deep run.
Day 2 begins November 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET with 301 survivors returning with their eyes on the title. 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