Saturday at Playground Poker Club saw another 183 entries battling for a piece of the $1,100 TonyBet Winter Festival $500,000-guaranteed Main Event. The total number of entries so far is 320 meaning, with one starting flight left, the magic number to reach the guarantee lies at 180.
With a surge late in the day, Charle-Alexandre Bergeron bagged the chip lead with 292,200. Notable maritime poker player Kevin MacDonald sits just behind with 289,300, while Eric Borduas (285,700), Andrew Attaia (269,200), and Maxime Lejeune Hebert (222,4000) all ended the day with top-five stacks.
Only 49 players survived Day 1b. Recent 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event Monster Stack runner-up Eric Place took advantage of the next-day reentry bagging a healthy 183,200. Other notables securing a seat on Day 2 include Dean Murphy (65,000) and Jason Comtois (35,100).
A number of professional players saw their stacks dwindle to nothing and will most likely fire a final bullet on Sunday’s Day 1c. Samuel Chartier, Griffin Benger, Chanracy Khun, Ami Alibay, Mike Leah, and Eric Afriat were among the casualties on Day 1b.
The final starting flight will start at 11:00 a.m. local time at Playground with 13 45-minute levels slated for play. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada throughout the event as we bring you daily recaps until a champion is crowned.
Details and photo courtesy of the Playground Poker blog.