The World Poker Tour (WPT) has made its return to Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Day 1 from the $5,000 tournament is in the books, which saw a rise in attendance to 419 entries from 383 last year, creating a prize pool worth $1,910,221.
Of the 419 entries, only 119 will be advancing to Day 2. Canadian Andrew Pantling ended the day as the chipleader, bagging 384,200 in chips. The field is playing for a first prize worth $380,021 and a $15,400 WPT Championship seat. There will be 54 players making the money with a min-cash giving players $8,697.
A strong Canadian contingent made it through Day 1 along with Pantling, including past WPT final-tablist Sylvain Siebert (259,600), Erik Cajelais (230,500), Scott Montgomery (196,300), Matt Marafioti (190,500), 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel (74,400), and WPT Champions Club member Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson (61,000).
Among other notables, Shannon Shorr sits second in chips with 337,800 and 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess has a top-15 stack with 214,000. Other notables to survive are WPT Alpha8 commentator Olivier Busquet (169,300), and Andy Frankenberger (87,100).
Among the Canadians that were not so lucky to make it through Day 1 were Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, WPT Champions Club Member Nenad Medic, Eric Afriat, Shyam Srinivasan, Amir Babakhani, and Ratharam Sivagnanam. Other non-Canadian notables to fall were Jeff Gross and Will Failla.
Play resumes Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET with blinds starting at 1,200/2,400, and a 400 ante. The money bubble will break at some point today, as only 65 eliminations are needed to reach the mark. Check back with us at PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action when play ends.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.