The most prestigious poker series in North America and, arguably, the world, is the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The month-and-a-half-long marathon of poker tournaments reaches a climax with the most prestigious tournament of the year when the series concludes with the Main Event.
There is no poker event in the world that attracts as much attention as the WSOP Main Event, and thousands of players from all around the globe pay the $10,000 entry fee with a dream to be the player scooping up all the chips and hoisting the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet in the air.
This year, the WSOP Main Event has guaranteed that 1,000 players will earn a payout of at least $15,000, flattening the prize structure a little to fulfil the bucket-list item of many recreational players to cash the Main Event. The WSOP has also guaranteed that all nine players that reach the final table will earn a minimum payout of $1 million each if the total entries to the tournament reaches or exceeds last year’s 6,683.
With three entry flights, Day 1a got things started on Sunday with 741 players taking their seats in the tournament with their starting stacks of 30,000 chips. By the time five two-hour levels concluded, 470 weary players bagged their chips after a long first day of play.
The top stack at the end of play belonged to Moroccan-born Floridian William Kakon with 152,325 chips — a man who won his first WSOP bracelet earlier this summer in a $1,500 hold’em event. The best Canadian stack is that of Charles Sylvestre (pictured above) in eighth place overall with 133,025 chips. Sylvestre is a proven winner, having earned a bracelet in 2013 aswell as a ring in the same year at the only WSOP Circuit stop ever held in Quebec.
The second-best Canadian, Paul Klann, sits in 13th overall with 118,000 chips. His history of success includes joining the World Poker Tour Champions Club when he won the L.A. Poker Classic in 2013 for just over $1 million. He and Sylvestre were among 28 players from our nation to have a successful first day.
Here are all of the Canadians to survive Day 1a of the 2015 WSOP Main Event:
|Charles Sylvestre||133,025||Samuel Gagnon||65,500||Trevor Hebert||31,700||Anh Van Nguyen||20,075|
|Paul Klann||118,000||Ryan Hall||52,575||Denis Thibert||28,675||Eric Vallee||19,650|
|Ethan Werner||85,800||Damien Steel||46,750||Edward Kershaw||27,000||Ken McKay||19,325|
|Jonathan Duhamel||82,700||Will Molson||46,350||Carson Ha||23,800||Jaime Staples||13,275|
|Chanracy Khun||72,625||Mark Radoja||45,800||Jun Ishii||23,650||Rayan Chamas||11,450|
|Jason Mann||69,700||Ryan Mackinnon||38,775||Edwin Berge||21,650||Shane Foulds||11,325|
|Joseph Bower||68,625||Marcus Mizzi||32,900||Robert Mercer||21,200||Oliver Greer||8,725|
Just a few of the other notables who bagged chips include Fedor Holz (117,800), Jorryt van Hoof (90,650), Mike Matusow (88,225), Fabian Quoss (80,100), David Sands (60,200), David Paredes (54,000), Hoyt Corkins (49,700), Max Pescatori (46,075), and Barry Shulman (40,050).
These Day 1a players will take a couple days off to rest up before getting back at it on Wednesday for Day 2. Meanwhile, Day 1b begins at noon on Monday, and the field is expected to be much larger than it was on Sunday. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the day’s action in the most prestigious annual poker tournament in the world.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.