2015 WPT Bay 101 Day 1b: Ladies Event Champ Haixia Zhang Bags the Chiplead

Haixia Zhang WPT Bay 101

With another starting flight in the books for the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event, the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Ladies Event champion Haixia Zhang had little competition claiming the $10,000 bonus as Day 1b’s end-of-day chipleader. The WSOP gold bracelet-winner was able to bag 281,000 by night’s end. Zhang will be a main focus heading into Day 2, as the WPT is still looking for its first open-event female champion.

Day 1b saw 389 entries take to the felt, bringing the total to 700 runners. That number will certainly rise as registration remains open until the start of Day 2 at 11 a.m. PT in this reentry event on Wednesday. Last year, the event drew in 718 total entries. Prizepool information will become available once registration is officially closed.

Players from Canada found better success on Tuesday. Mike Leah (165,300), WPT Champions Club member Shawn Buchanan (98,400), Sorel Mizzi (82,400), Owen Crowe (74,000), and Matt Salsberg (67,800) were among the notable Canadians to secure their seat for Wednesday. Unfortunately, Daniel Negreanu, Will Molson, and Greg Mueller did not make the cut, although they do still have an opportunity to fire one last bullet.

Zhang, Chance Kornuth (235,100), Ron Lewis (234,600), Michael Loncar (221,000), and Mark Dube topped the leaderboard on Tuesday. Others to move on were Dan O’Brien, three-time WPT Champions Carlos Mortensen and Anthony Zinno, poker guru Kevin Mathers, Jared Jaffee, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Moorman, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Marchese, and Keven Stammen.

Casualties on the day include Noah Schwartz, Ryan Riess, Mike Sexton, Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Mike Matusow, Scotty Nguyen, Scott Clements, Ty Reiman, Scott Seiver, Connor Drinan, Dan Heimiller, Dan Shak, Dominik Nitsche, and Allen Kessler.

Action resumes on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT in San Jose, California. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada to follow our Canadian grinders as they battle for WPT glory.

Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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