Now it gets exciting! The third and final starting flight for the 2015 partypoker.net WPT Montreal has come to a close and the field is now set for Monday’s Day 2 where players from the past three days are consolidated.
Players have been filling tables at Playground Poker Club just outside of Montreal, Quebec for the last three days trying to collect enough chips to make Day 2 of this third Canadian World Poker Tour stop of 2015.
When registration closed in Day 1c on Sunday, total entries numbered 697, creating a prize pool of $2,366,315. When 10 one-hour levels of play came a conclusion, 153 out of Sunday’s 335 players bagged up chips. Added to Days 1a and 1b, Monday will see 294 players return to the felt.
Counting up the largest stack on Sunday was France’s Gregoire Denis with 204,500. He trails the chip leaders of the other two days — Brian Altman from Day 1a (221,600) and Abdallah Aljboul from Day 1b (252,300). When Denis comes back on Monday, he’ll start the day with the fifth-best stack overall.
Not far behind Denis was Marc-Etienne McLaughlin with 198,000 and Will Molson with 184,900. Liv Boeree also found herself within the top 10 at the end of the night with 145,700.
Top 10 Day 1c Chip Counts
Beyond the top 10, other notable players who survived the day include Cate Hall (132,100), Scott Davies (112,200), Benny Chen (93,600), Cornel Cimpan (92,100), Giacomo Fundaro (72,600), Sheraz Nasir (32,200), Andy Frankenberger (32,000), Darryll Fish (29,800), and Igor Kurganov (29,300).
Some others who bought a seat on Day 1c but didn’t make it through include Aaron Mermelstein, Matt Affleck, Paul Sokoloff, Eric Afriat, Jonathan Roy, Chanracy Khun, Aaron Overton, Sylvain Siebert, and Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre.
With the prize pool now set, we know that the winner is set to earn $433,410 as well as a $15,400 seat in the WPT World Championship. The top 81 players will earn a payout in this event, and they’ll get one step closer to that after nine one-hour levels of play on Monday.
Day 2 begins at 12 noon on Monday and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to provide you with updates of all the action. Follow along on our live blog for the event.
In the meantime, have a watch as Caitlyn Howe talks to defending WPT Montreal Champion Jonathan Jaffe.