The chips have been bagged and tagged with the completion of Day 2 at Playground Poker Club for partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal.
Canadian poker pro and Playground Poker Club legend Marc-Andre Ladouceur is among the biggest stacks in the room at the end of play. The day began with 301 hopefuls looking to make the money and secure their seat for Day 3, only 49 survived.
Maduka Meragal leads the pack with 1,423,000 chips, while Ladouceur (1,071.000) and 2013 WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja (1,024,000) round out the top three. Other familiar names who built large stacks include Phillip Hui, TJ Ulmer, Maurice Hawkins, Kevin MacPhee, Jonathan Jaffe, and Playground Poker Players Club member Phillippe Plouffe.
There is a strong Canadian contingent heading into the third day of play. Ladoucuer, Plouffe, Ratharam Sivagnanam, Samuel Chartier, Yann Dion, Steven Kerr, and Max Greenwood will lead the Canadian march on to WPT glory.
Some notables also booking their seat are Ryan Fee, Todd Terry, and WPT Champions Club members Harry Arutyunyan, Antonio Esfandiari, and Andy Frankenberger.
The bubble burst on Day 2 with the elimination of Mike Watson in 91st place. A few players who later busted in the money include Paul Volpe, Cornel Cimpan, Elliot Smith, Mike MacDonald, Darren Elias, Xuan Liu, and Scott Clements.
The day wasn’t so fortunate for some. Day 1b chip leader Mike Leah, Keven Stammen, Micah Raskin, Mark Radoja, Lucas Greenwood, Shannon Shorr, Will Molson, and Tony Dunst all busted outside of the money.
Throughout all of partypoker WPT Montreal, PokerNews is on the floor to bring you video updates. Our host, Caitlyn Howe, introduces the action on Day 2. Speaking of the number two, Antonio Esfandiari climbed the ladder to fix his banner himself, correcting his all-time money list ranking to number two.
Sticking with the theme of the number two, Mukul Pahuja is back with plenty of chips for WPT Montreal. He was the WPT Player of the Year last season, even though he never won an event, but came second three times. "Enough is enough," he says, "it's time to get a title."
Happily occupied with fatherhood, David Williams doesn't play as much poker as he once did, but he had to take the time to come play one of his favourite stops on the tour, WPT Montreal.
Tony Dunst details his crippling loss with aces, but he's kicking back in the partypoker lounge with a box of Tim Hortons donuts as consolation.
Meet local cranberry farmer Serge Cantin who, like Sylvain Siebert, has found his way to the final table for both of the previous WPT Montreal events.
Alex Urli and Darren Elias are feeling comfortable despite pretty tough table draw.
The field of runners in this event was nearly 1/3 qualifiers. Partypoker was responsible for putting plenty of excited players in the event. Here are some of them:
Day 3 will begin Monday, November 24, at 12:00 a.m. ET inside Playground Poker Club. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada for a full recap after the cards have stopped flying, and watch our Twitter feed for video posts throughout the day.
* Results and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Update Blog