2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Day 1: Erik Cajelais Leads Strong Canadian Contingent

Erik Cajelais

The final day of qualifying for the World Poker Tour (WPT) Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida has come to a close. Across the three Day 1s, a total of 1,027 entries were received, meaning the $3,000,000 guarantee has been met. Only 361 will carry their stacks to Day 2 with 100 making the money.

The chipleader heading into Day 2 is Day 1c boss David Farber. Farber was able to bag 410,000 after 10 levels of play. Joining him on top of the leaderboard is Day 1b top stack Joelle Guarino (284,100), Travell Thomas (236,400), Day 1a chipleader Alexander Denisov (220,100), Tim Miles (208,000), and Andy Philachack (205,200).

Team Canada will be well represented, consisting of WPT Champions Club members Amir Babakhani (121,900), Eric Afriat (83,000), and Nenad Medic (49,000). Erik Cajelais (192,900), Jonathan Duhamel (92,100), Rubens Tarzia (81,700), Gao Jie (78,200), Vincent Jacques (72,900), and Neil Stemmler (72,000) are also part of the Canadian contingent, all looking for their first WPT title.

The field is still jam-packed full of notable poker pros. There are 26 Champions Club members in the field including Anthony Zinno (188,400), Jared Jaffee (163,700), Ryan Van Sanford (162,300), Darren Elias (152,000), and Shawn Cunix (136,900). Still in the mix are Stephen Graner (172,500), Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (162,500), Allen Kessler (158,900), Zo Karim (150,700), Jeff Gross (134,600), Bob Bounahra (127,300), and Bryn Kenney (120,000).

Some big names to run out of ammo include last year’s WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja, Ravi Raghavan, and Blake Bohn.

Play will resume at noon ET on Sunday for Day 2 action. Cheer on Team Canada and stay locked to PokerNews Canada as we bring you end-of-day updates fresh off the felt.

Details courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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