One of the hottest poker players in Montreal right now has bagged the chip lead after Day 2 of the TonyBet Winter Festival Main Event at Playground Poker Club. Recent Série Royale de Poker champion Benoit Jean surged up the leaderboard to lead the remaining 26 hopefuls.
Jean’s stack of of 1,732,000 topped the field at the end of play with a number of skilled players hot on his heels. Ryan McGarry fell just short of the lead bagging 1,667,000 while Eric Borduas (1,301,000), Marco Caza (1,033,000), and Marco Sousa (950,000) round out the top stacks.
Local high rollers Will Molson (488,000) and Dean Murphy (753,000) are still in the mix as well as the lone female survivor Jessie Wheatley (587,000). Charle-Alexandre Bergeron was the only Day 1 chip leader to make it through the day as Christina Knot (36th — $3,020) and Rabah Belal Ahin Al-Nasseri (55th — $1,750) managed to bust in the money.
The day wasn’t a success for most of the field including notables Jonathan Roy (27th — $3,500), Kevin MacDonald (34th — $3,020), Eric Place (35th — $3,020), Alexandre Nadeau-Levesque (40th — $2,550), Kevin Dawe (51st — $2,100), and Rayan Chamas (61st — $1,750). Unfortunately for local favourites Isabelle Mercier, Yann Dion, and Jason Comtois, their efforts were not enough and they busted before the money on Day 2.
Jean will lead the remaining field into battle on Day 3 where they will play down to a final table of six. Play will resume at 11:00 a.m. inside Playground. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as we bring you daily recaps until a champion is crowned.
Details and photo courtesy of the Playground Poker blog.