One Third of PlayNow Qualifiers Advance in Day 1b of WSOP Monster Stack

Jay Haraga PlayNow WSOP Monster Stack

PlayNow Poker — B.C. and Manitoba's only government-licensed and operated online poker site — has awarded 100 packages to the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Monster Stack. Throughout all of April and May, satellites ran on PlayNow Poker every single day, giving players a chance to win their seat in the Monster Stack as well as money for travel and an invitation to an exclusive VIP party.

On Saturday, 46 of those qualifiers received their 15,000-chip starting stack for Event #28: Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. They took their seats at various tables throughout the vast tournament halls at the Rio bearing their PlayNow patch and dreaming of the gold bracelet awaiting the eventual winner and the huge prize of $1,286,942.

Here are the 46 who began the day:

PlayerCity, ProvinceMonster Stack Starting Day
Dylan EllisWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Scott CraigVancouver, B.C.1b
Ho-Yeung TangRichmond, B.C.1b
Kostantinos SegounisRichmond, B.C.1b
Jody HoweRichmond, B.C.1b
Jaki KnelsenSteinbach, Manitoba1b
Cory ParentRichmond, B.C.1b
Sharrol SegalVancouver, B.C.1b
James McabeeMission, B.C.1b
Blake CarriereLangley, B.C.1b
Jamie WeissKelowna, B.C.1b
Stuart LoweryVictoria, B.C.1b
Andrew MoncekWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Dung NguyenSurrey, B.C.1b
Jeff HarrisonWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Hui ZhouAldergrove, B.C.1b
Alexander BylickiVancouver, B.C.1b
Sean LannonVancouver, B.C.1b
Kaan BecerRichmond, B.C.1b
Joanne LewisVancouver, B.C.1b
Amy WongBurnaby, B.C.1b
Daryl EllisWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Duncan BellRichmond, B.C.1b
Brant TaylorVancouver, B.C.1b
Chris BackTerrace, B.C.1b
Berle SillAnahim Lake, B.C.1b
Mark ChomyshenKelowna, B.C.1b
Bernard Yuan Yin TungRichmond, B.C.1b
Matt MadsenMaple Ridge, B.C.1b
Keith CarsonWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Travis DarrochVancouver, B.C.1b
Fatima NanjiVancouver, B.C.1b
Richard CroweVancouver, B.C.1b
Jonas MackoffNorth Vancouver, B.C.1b
Michael FlanaganVictoria, B.C.1b
Richard MullenWhite Rock, B.C.1b
Jay HaragaSurrey, B.C.1b
Jeremy HoweRichmond, B.C.1b
Tamara BremnerBurnaby, B.C.1b
Elliot AttwoodVictoria, B.C.1b
Ted SorensenVancouver, B.C.1b
Chris MartaVancouver, B.C.1b
John PhanRichmond, B.C.1b
John WarnerUnknown1b
Jordan HamiltonVancouver, B.C.1b
David WarnerRichmond, B.C.1b

Play began at 10 a.m. and continued through 11 one-hour levels. With breaks added in, the surviving Monster Stack players didn't count up their chips to seal for Day 2 until shortly after midnight, making it a gruelling 14-hour day.

The event saw 7,192 entries in the two days combined, meaning 720 of them will be collecting a prize. There will be 2,060 players returning for the start of Day 2 on Sunday, so there is still a lot of play before the money bubble. Among those returning are 16 PlayNow qualifiers. Ravinder Bedi was the sole survivor of Day 1a and he will be joined by 15 more fellow PlayNow-patched players from Saturday’s Day 1b. Here are all of the surviving Day 1b players with their end-of-day chip counts:

Kostantinos Segounis85,800
Jay Haraga63,700
Richard Mullen55,000
Stuart Lowery50,500
Blake Carriere46,700
Ted Sorensen41,800
Kaan Becer34,400
Chris Back32,300
Joanne Lewis31,700
Scott Craig29,700
Jeff Harrison25,900
Dung Nguyen22,500
Dylan Ellis21,300
Matt Madsen15,000
Michael Flanagan14,800

Kostantinos Segounis has a sizeable lead over the other qualifiers, and with three previous WSOP cashes in $1,500 events, he clearly knows how to position himself for a deep run. With all that money waiting at the final table, all of these players are looking for a nice payout, but they’re also motivated by PlayNow’s generous last-longer challenge. They’re giving a WSOP Main Event seat to that last PlayNow qualifier remaining in this event — added value worth about $13,000. Hopefully that won’t be decided on Day 2, as there should be a number of qualifiers advancing through the day.

PokerNews Canada is on site bringing you updates of the PlayNow qualifiers as they take their run at the bracelet courtesy of their PlayNow Poker Monster Stack package, and we'll also be following any notable Canadians in the field. Follow along on our reporting page and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtage #PlayNowWSOP.

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