It was a sold-out field for Day 1b of the PlayNow Poker Championship $800 freezeout on Saturday — the second event of the six-tournament, 11-day schedule at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam, B.C.
Registration was capped at 100 players, and it was sold out well before the tournament ever began. Play began at 11 a.m. with plenty of notable, talented, local players duking it out through 12 45-minute blind levels. When play concluded for the night, it was about 9:30 p.m. and David Quang was the clear frontrunner of the 27 players remaining.
He emerged as the chip leader mid-way through the day and then plowed through the field all the way to the end, steadily climbing to a massive stack of 260,200 to end the day.
Quang’s live tournament record makes up $425,000 in prizes including his win in the $2,500 event at the Fallsview Poker Classic in 2011 for more than $280,000 where he defeated Mike Watson heads up, but he is better known for his online record. Playing as ‘d.quang’, Quang has cashed for more than $2.7 million on PokerStars so far, and earnings at a few other sites puts him at the $3 million mark.
He wasn’t the only player with an impressive record to bag chips on Saturday night. Finishing fourth in chips is Matt Jarvis (131,900) who has a WSOP bracelet and was a WSOP Main Event final-tablist, boasting more than $2.5 million in live tournament earnings.
Robert Cheung (86,100) will also be back for Day 2. He earned his WSOP bracelet in 2007, collecting $673,628 for coming out on top of a $1,500 hold’em event. Day 1b’s survivors also included 2014 Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Poker Champion Todd Fletcher (154,900).
Some of the other notable players who bought a starting stack of 20,000 chips but were unable to hold on through 12 levels were Jonas ‘donut604’ Mackoff, WSOP Circuit-winner Lincoln Milne, Jason Mann, Anthony Mar, Martin Malone, Darren Kennedy, Kosta Segounis, MD Hughes, Darlene Lee, Joanne Lewis, and April Facey.
2015 PNPC $800 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b Top 10 Counts
Despite Keith Wintermans finishing Day 1a with 204,200 — nearly 70,000 more than the second-best stack — David Quang’s Day 1b stack is still leaps and bounds ahead of him. Of the 55 players returning on Sunday, just 12 of them have more than 100,000 chips while average stack sits at 79,000, making this is a very top-heavy field.
For more details about Day 1b and to browse the photo gallery of players, head to our live reporting page where all of our coverage can be found.
The 28 players from Day 1a and 27 from Day 1b will be back on Sunday at 11 a.m. to play down to a winner. With 197 entries, the prize pool was set at $141,052 and first place will pay $40,905. PokerNews Canada will be back on the tournament floor live reporting all of the big moments, tall stacks, and notable players. Don’t miss any of the action; follow along right here.