The 2015 edition of the World Poker Tour (WPT) stop in Amsterdam got under way today. The Holland Casino played host to 130 entries on Day 1a, with players battling through nine levels of play. At the end of the day, 54 players remained in contention for the title, including three Canadians.
Swedish player Fredrik Andersson, whose biggest score to date was $35,951 for fifth place at Berlin during Season 9 of the European Poker Tour, finished the day with the most chips. His stack of 228,100 was the only stack bigger than 200,000. Local Dutch players held six of the top eight spots in the chipcounts at day's end, with Noah Boeken leading the way in second with 195,200. Fellow Dutchman Muntathar Albadawi bagged the third-biggest stack at 189,700.
Three Canadians are still in the hunt for the title, with Elliot Smith finishing the day as top Canadian with 80,800. Andrew Chen wasn't far behind him with 62,800. The final Canadian, Yann Dion finished farther down the counts, managing to bag only 25,000 chips.
Other notable players who finished the day with chips include Norway's leading money winner, Felix Stephensen with 114,400, the Ukrainian number two money winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko with 86,600 and the UK's Jack Salter, winner of the Six Max No Limit Hold'em tournament at the 2014 Aussie Millions, with 56,100.
Not everyone who entered managed to finish the day with chips of course. Familiar faces who fired one or more bullets and busted include Michael Mizrachi, Bryn Kenney, Dominik Nitsche, and Dan Heimiller. Day 1b starts Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. CET and registration and reentry remains open through the day. Players who played on Day 1a can still play again in Day 1b whether they have chips or not, with the largest stack playing on Day 2.
Check back here at PokerNews Canada for all the action from Day 1b and find out what other Canadians will be vying for the title.