The first flight of Day 1 at the World Poker Tour Montreal is in the bag after a massive 476 players took to the felt and were reduced right down to just 141 that will be going into Day 2. This is far more than expected for the first WPT to be held here, with 500 having already registered for Day 1b, meaning that the event should beat the 1,000 mark.
That would make it by far the biggest ever poker event to be held in Canada as the old record was just 504 players. In all honesty, that record could be shattered as this is a re-buy event meaning that any player that was eliminated on Day 1a can take another shot tomorrow if they see fit.
Additionally, if players were not too happy with their stacks on Day 1a, they can re-buy again on Day 1b to try and make an improvement. If they can beat their previous amount it will be that stack carried into Day 2 rather than the one on Day 1a.
Amongst the players today were some very big names in the world of poker, names such as Dominik Nitsche, Marvin Rettenmaier, Tristan Wade, Joeseph Cheong, Allen Kessler, Xuan Liu, Tony Dunst and Ken Aldridge to name just a few of them.
Each of the names above have all made it into Day 2 to be played out on Sunday when the survivors of Day 1b have been revealed later today. It starts at 12pm local time and will play out for the exact length of Day 1a, with there being 12 levels for the players to survive.
The chip leader on Day 1a was Patrick Leviever, who had a very good day at the felt and has attained a small lead over his closest rival Kerry Shears in second place. He has 326,100 compared to his opponents 299,300 and will be confident of improving that amount on Day 2.
With such an exceptional turn out, we are already looking forward to the second flight. The WPT will be extremely happy with how successful this event is turning out to be, which means they are more than likely to come back on a more regular basis.
How It Finished:
Patrick Leviever – 326,100
Kerry Shears – 299,300
Kevin McDonald – 272,200
Jean-Louis Forino – 272,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 247,300
Benjamin Armstrong – 221,700
Guiallaume DeCaen – 214,200
Michael Watson – 207,300
Tamer Alkamli – 204,600
Check back with us tomorrow as we bring you the Day 1b roundup, letting you know what other big names in the poker world have made the trek over to play in this event.