2015 WPT Amsterdam Main Event Day 1b: Mizzi Top Canadian in Third
Day 1 is now complete for the 2015 World Poker Tour (WPT) Amsterdam Main Event. Day 1b saw 194 total entries, bringing the total number of registrations up to 324. Late registration remains open right up until the start of Day 2 for new entries as well as for reentries. Several players who have busted already have expressed interest in registering just before the start of Day 2. Bryn Kenney, for example, busted twice on Day 1a, and once on Day 1b, announcing that he'd be back for the start of Day 2 tomorrow.
Topping the chip counts at the end of the day was WPT Champions Club member Giacomo Fundaro, with 234,000. As with Day 1a, only one player cracked the 200,000 mark. Local Dutch player Dennis Lavrijsen came in second with 150,400 while Canada's own Sorel Mizzi, winner of the 2013 partypoker Premier League held in Montreal, bagged the third biggest stack with 141,200.
Mizzi was the only Canadian to make it through Day 1b. He will join top Canadian on Day 1a Elliot Smith, as well as Andrew Chen and Yann Dion as Canada's pride on Day 2. Dion finished Day 1a with a fairly small stack, and chose to try again on Day 1b to build a bigger stack. However, he busted before the end of the day and will have to take his Day 1a stack of 25,000 into Wednesday's play, or fire another bullet in late registration for a full stack of 30,000.
Several other notable players bagged chips at the end of the day. 2013 November Niner Sylvain Loosli finished the day with 78,000 while Steve O'Dwyer, winner of the 2015 PCA Super High Roller, bagged 72,900. Dutch Olympic Field Hockey star Fatima Moreira de Melo ended with 67,900 and Swede Kent Lundmark bageed up 43,000. Both of the faces of Dusk till Dawn poker room in Nottingham UK, Simon Trumper and Rob Yong, also bagged smaller stacks at the end of Day 1b.
Action kicks off at the Holland Casino at 2:00 p.m. CET as the levels stretch out to 90 minutes. 153 players will return on Wednesday, plus any players, like Kenney, who may choose to buy in before tomorrow starts. Canada's own Mizzi will have the eighth-biggest chipstack, but it will be Fundaro who empties the largest bag going into Day 2. Check back here at PokerNews Canada to see how Mizzi, along with Smith, Chen, and Dion, can stack up against Fundaro and the rest of the field.