The final starting flight of the TonyBet Winter Festival Main Event is in the books and, with 200 entries on Day 1c, the $500,000 guarantee has been met. Only 62 players survived the day securing their seats on Day 2. They will join the 88 qualifiers from the first two Day 1s when play resumes on Monday inside Playground Poker Club.
The largest field of the event gathered Sunday with one last chance to keep their tournament hopes alive. Christine Knot made the most of the day sitting atop the leaderboard with 269,000. A great achievement as her closest competitor, Alexandre Lavigne, bagged 196,000. Shane Brotherwood (191,000), Tedde Ballanger (190,000), and Louis Arpin (178,700) also topped the impressive field.
Several local notables were able to survive as Will Molson (139,700) and Isabelle Mercier (120,400) bagged above average stacks while professional player Steven Kerr bagged the smallest stack at 20,700.
A number of Canada’s top pros fired their last bullet with no success. A few heading home include Jean-Philippe Piquette, Laurence Grondin, Chanracy Khun, Eric Afriat, Mike Leah, and Daniel Gagne.
The 150 remaining hopefuls will be back inside Playground Poker Club Monday to battle for their seat in Day 3. Play will resume at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as we bring you daily updates until a champion is crowned.
Details courtesy of the Playground Poker blog.