2016 WSOP Main Event Day 1b: Eric Afriat Bags Top-5 Chips

Eric Afriat

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on July 10 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with Day 1b of the $10,000 Main Event.

Eric Afriat Top Canadian Out of 1,302 Survivors

Another starting flight filled the tables at the Rio on Sunday with 1,733 players putting down $10,000 to take a shot at poker’s most important tournament of the year.

Play kicked off at 11 a.m. and continued for five two-hour levels before play paused for the night. At that time, 1,302 players still had chips to bag for Day 2b on Tuesday.

Counting out the largest stack of them all was Russian Andrey Zaichenko with 292,700 chips and only five others passed the 200,000 mark. With the fifth-best stack and the best for Canada was Quebec’s Eric Afriat with 200,500.

The second-best Canadian stack was that of 2010 November Niner Matt Jarvis with 147,000. Mike Watson (125,400), Justin Oliver (112,200), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (103,700), Matthew Lapossie (97,000), Scott Montgomery (76,300), Richard Mullen (69,800), Jason Lavallee (58,900), Terrence Chan (56,100), Dan Idema (47,000), Lucas Greenwood (42,800), and Jason Mann (18,400) were just some of the Canadians who had a successful Day 1b and will return on Tuesday.

With the 764 entries from Day 1a on Saturday, the field is now at a total of 2,497 entries with the busiest day still to come. The event is currently on pace to beat last year’s numbers by a thin margin which were 40 less by this point.

What to Watch For Tomorrow

Day 1c will offer players the third and final chance to play in this prestigious $10,000 tournament and it is always the largest entry flight out of the three. Action will get started at 11 a.m. and will continue through five two-hour levels before those remaining will bag chips for Day 2c.

Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow for an update on the WSOP Main Event. Good luck to the Canadians in the field!

Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.

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  • Eric Afriat was the top Canadian on Day 1b of the 2016 #WSOPMainEvent.

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