Chris Bowers Looks for his Second SIGA Bracelet after Day 1b

2014 SIGA Champion Chris Bowers

The second of two day 1s ran on Saturday for the 2018 Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) Poker Championship, and 2014 winner Chris Bowers set himself up to make a solid run at repeating this year by building a massive stack throughout the day. He was the only player from either Day 1 who found more than 400,000 chips, and goes into Sunday's Day 2 as the odds on favorite.

The $675 tournament is SIGA's premier poker event every year, and offers players a starting stack of 30,000 chips to play 30 minute blind levels. Day 1a of the event, which ran Friday, saw 134 entries with 24 players still active at the end of 16 levels. Saturday's Day 1b always draws a larger crowd, and this year was no different as 232 entries were recorded by the time late registration closed.

When all the cards were dealt on Day 1b, 47 players were still around to bag up their chips for Day 2. The undisputed chip leader for both Day 1s is Chris Bowers, who powered through the latter stages of the day to amass an impressive stack of 413,000. Two other players from Day 1b managed to build a bigger stack than Day 1a chip leader Joe Bohl. Bernard Elevado bagged 377,000 while Daniel Lefebvre ended up with 319,000 chips.

Among the other notables to bag chips at the end of Day 1b were Troy Nisbet, Justin Skamanis, Dylan Ellis, and Sunny Lubana. The full list of players to advance to Day 2 on Saturday is below.

Chris Bowers413000
Bernard Elevado377000
Daniel Lefebvre319000
Greg Myette271500
James Hart269000
Darrin Oremba268500
Troy Nisbet264000
Damon Grant244500
John West241000
Carlos Prevost239500
Lyndon Linklater218500
Wayne Danchak194000
Bradley Schebel190000
Justin Skamanis184500
Steve Bratzer183500
Dylan Ellis169000
Sunny Lubana169000
Connor Joinson139000
Bernard Moosehunter134000
Joey VaPinxteren130500
Greg McKay130000
Andrew Doepker116500
Sy Clark115000
Adrian Joseph114000
Cyril Sanderson112500
Tim Landrie107000
Elmer Macatangay100000
Jaydon Philipchuk99500
Kacie Offen99000
Devon Lane98500
Marc Caron95000
Derek Scott93000
Buddy Lane88500
Jon Medori85500
Harley Hudson85000
Larry Husband85000
Brian Tran80000
Laura Descheneauy72000
Beverly St. Pierre65500
Cody Hartness59000
Brody Tatedell54500
Tony Kowalczyk51000
Ryan McGarry49500
Dallas Larson48500
Filipp Koniaev39500
Tim VanPinxteren23500

With the 24 players who made it through Day 1a, there will be 71 players, out of a total field of 366, returning to the felt on Sunday for Day 2. Action kicks off at noon with the start of Level 17 and players will all be looking for one of the 55 paid spots. PokerNews Canada will be on the floor all day to bring you the action.

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