After a bit of a break between major poker tournaments recently, the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic got the action going again as 383 players turned up in order to stake their claim for a major title. The day finished with just 114 of those and Matthew Lapossie topping the charts with a chip count of 417,400.
He managed this after 13 levels and now sits a very comfortable 150k ahead of Sylvain Siebert who sits in second place on 264,800. It is still early days so he will certainly have his work cut out to stay there. This is especially the case with big name players Mike Leah and Yann Dion currently occupying top ten statuses.
— Mike Leah (@GoLeafsGoEh) February 23, 2014
Further back in the field are some other notable players such as Shaun Cunix, Mike Watson, Mark Radoja and Matt Marafioti, so this event is far from done for just yet.
126k to end day 1 of #WPTFallsview from 30k starting stack. Average is around 100k.
— Mike Watson (@SirWatts) February 23, 2014
As with every poker event we had to see some eliminations and among them were some very high profile players. Day 1 saw the evictions of Micah Raskin, Matt Giannetti, Mike McDonald, Vanessa Selbst, Shannon Shorr, Ana Marquez, Bryn Kenney, Christian Harder and Griffin Benger, all of whom would have made for a fascinating final table come the end of the event.
And out. AK < AA. That wasn’t fun.
— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) February 22, 2014
Out 99 vs AA. #WPTFallsview
— Griffin Benger (@GriffinBenger) February 23, 2014
Day 2 will see the field return to the felt for a second time with each of the players looking to make the top 45 paying places. The action will be starting up at 7am ET for Day 2, so make sure you get back to us in order to find out which players are in with a good chance of a World Poker Tour title.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Matthew Lapossie – 417,400
2nd) Sylvain Siebert – 264,800
3rd) Elliot Smith – 235,400
4th) Soren Turkewitsch – 230,600
5th) Travell Thomas – 217,000
6th) Pirooz Bayat – 214,600
7th) Johnson Phanyaseng – 198,300
8th) Peter Labib – 185,400
9th) Mike Leah – 173,700
10th) Yann Dion – 172,200
The Prize Pool
10th – 12th) $26,462
13th – 15th) $21,619
16th – 18th) $18,506
19th – 21st) $16,257
22nd – 24th) $14,528
25th – 27th) $12,798
28th – 36th) $11,242
37th – 45th) $9,685