Montreal native Ami Alibay was the top Canadian after Day 1a at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Alibay bagged 128,800 chips to end the day with a top-10 stack. The overall leader was Andy Hwang with 251,300.
A highlight of Alibay's day had to have been when he flopped quad eights, but he was given the pot without any resistance when he check-raised the turn.
Day 1a ended with 360 entries and 159 survived to go on to Day 2. Other top stacks include Dan Wach (209,900), Jason Helder (200,900), Greg Weber (156,200), and Eric Panayiotou (139,600).
With most of the well-known Canadian pros down under for the Aussie Millions, the North-Atlantic New Jersey location gives an opportunity for some less-known Canadian grinders to shine. A few to make the trip and to bag chips at the end of Day 1a were Erik Cajelais (58,000), Eric Afriat (33,000), and Samuel Chartier (30,000).
Some notable pros also moving on to Day 2 are Matt Affleck (125,800), Jake Schwartz (124,900), Andy Frankenberger (115,000), James Woods (92,400), Shaun Deeb (79,000), Mukul Pahuja (75,500), Eddy Sabat (66,000), Justin Zaki (60,000), Christian Harder (58,000), and Blake Bohn (43,900).
The day didn’t end so well for some, but luckily this event is a reentry and players will be able to fire another bullet into Day 1b. Those busting on Day 1a include Kevin Eyster, Matt Glantz, Kevin Stammen, Matt Matros, Zach Gruneberg, Seth Berger, Allen Kessler, Amanda Musumeci, and Darren Elias.
Day 1b will kick off on Monday; stay tuned to PokerNews Canada for daily updates until a winner is crowned.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.