2015 WSOP Main Event Day 1b: Matt Salsberg a Top Canadian Stack of the Day

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2015 WSOP Main Event Day 1b: Matt Salsberg a Top Canadian Stack of the Day 101
Matt Salsberg at the WSOP Main Event.

Every year, one tournament at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) earns the nickname “the Big Dance.” That is, of course, Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. The $10,000 buy-in tournament not only attracts some of the biggest names in the game, but also amateur and casual players from around the world.

With one starting flight already in the books, Day 1b got under way Monday at the Rio. After registration closed on Day 1b, the total field size for the both Main Event starting flights grew to 2,457 players. By the time the day ended, 1,154 players survived with chips still in front of them. Added to the survivors of Day 1a, a total of 1,624 players have already secured their spot in Day 2.

Leading the way on Day 1b was Hamid Feiz of the U.S. His 182,675 chips not only gave him the biggest stack on this day, but also for the tournament as a whole so far. Adil Khan sits second in chips with 156,800 while Srikanth Koneru bagged 154,725 for third place.

The top Canadian on Day 1b was also very near the top of the counts. Yong Lu of Calgary, Alberta bagged a sixth-place stack of 141,750. Canadian writer and producer Matt Salsberg finished the day with 113,025, good for 26th place, while Mississauga, Ontario’s Joseph Andres ended up in 32nd spot with 109,300.

In total, 64 Canadians bagged chips at the end of the day, listed below.

PlayerChipsPlayerChipsPlayerChipsPlayerChips
Yong Lu141,750Mark Dietrich67,500Chris Kirkland45,525David Gelowitz29,850
Matt Salsberg113,025Bryan Stein66,350Maria Parlatore44,950Sam Greenwood28,100
Joseph Andres109,300Azim Popatia63,450Terrance Chan44,275Karim Koval24,700
Spencer Cossette107,400Gavin Smith58,200Harsukhpaul Sangha42,225Enzo Deluca22,050
Mathiue Martin90,450Paul Woodhouse57,450David Mercer42,025Douglas Hartwick21,550
Andre Boyer87,175Jason Mann52,400Devin Verstaelen40,750Michael Bartholomew21,200
Shaan Siddiqui86,500Timothy Adams52,025Marc-Andre Ladouceur38,700Donald Arsenault20,800
Peter Raimondi83,200Michael Bochansky49,800Jia Mai38,025Terrance Coutts19,975
Scott Montgomery80,175Tony Guglietti49,600Matthew Dietrich37,425Mark Defaria18,275
Darren Keyes80,075Brenda Hodges49,400Samuel Ngai34,600Angie Gelinas17,400
Ping Lin79,375Ami Alibay48,800Ronald Giles33,675Christopher Mysore13,825
Chris Comely77,975Buck Ramsay48,725Jacob Kipfer33,025Jason Gigliotti12,350
Jeffrey Mahoney73,050Sebastian Troen47,375Douglas Mahagen32,075Trevor Schmidt11,050
Kyle Bonazzo70,400Frederick Pynn46,900Allon Allison32,000Jay Dragland9,100
Michael Dietrich70,375Marie-Pier Simard46,350Neil Stemmler31,850Ryan Hodge5,350
Pascal LeFrancois69,925James Hawley46,125Nenad Medic30,750Li Fu4,575

A few other notables to finish Day 1b with chips included Dominik Nitsche (128,725), Greg Raymer (92,200), Brian Rast (88,825), Todd Brunson (57,925), Jason Mercier (66,325), and Phil Galfond (33,400), among others.

Day 1c kicks off at noon Pacific time in the Rio when the final players to advance to Day 2 will be decided.

Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.

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