The Playground Poker Club in Montreal is playing host to the biggest guarantee on a live poker event in Canada's history. The partypoker MILLION North America Main Event kicked off Friday with CA$5,000,000 guaranteed in the prizepool and a top prize of CA$1,000,000 guaranteed to the winner.
A total of 372 entries put up the CA$5,300/$4,000 entry to participate in the first flight of the historic event on Friday. After six one-hour levels, the field was trimmed down to 137 players, all of whom will return for Day 2 on Sunday.
Sylvain Siebert was the official chip leader to end Day 1a after bagging 7,744,000. Sitting in second is Nipun Java (7,387,000), followed by Julian Milliard-Feral (7,252,000), Dilovan Hussein (7,200,000), and Vojtech Ruzicka (7,124,000) to round out the top five. Several other well-known pros bagged top 10 stacks.
Main Event Day 1a Leaderboard
Other notables who bagged chips at the end of the day were Chance Kornuth (5,786,000), Benny Chen (5,482,000), Bob Taylor (5,186,000), Maria Ho (4,500,000), Ema Zajmovic (3,738,000), Ari Engel (3,239,000), Griffin Benger (3,116,000), Tony Dunst (3,058,000), Kristen Bicknell (2,144,000), and Carlos Mortensen (2,061,000).
Day 1b starts up at noon on Saturday, with late registration closing at the end of the dinner break after Level 6. Registration will re-open on Day 2 and will close at the end of the second level of the day. Stick with PokerNews as we bring you updates throughout the rest of this event!