The second flight of the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event was played through to conclusion a little while ago with another massive field of players attempting to survive into Day 2 later tonight. The player that came out on top on Day 1b was Kalpesh Raichura who tallied up 314,200 chips.
The first ever WPT event in Montreal has been a tremendous success as the 478 players that took part in Day 1a was surpassed with a massive 695 players taking part on Day 1b. That brings a grand total of 1,173 registrants to completely trash the record for the biggest poker event to be held in Canada.
The old record was just 504 players, which has now been more than doubled, which would suggest that the WPT will certainly be coming back to this part of the world in the near future. These figures have created a prize pool of $3,387,930, with the winner set to walk away with $758,162 and an additional bonus of a seat at the World Poker Championship to be held in May.
There will be 117 players that end up being paid, with the minimum payout being $5,421. The players will harbor much bigger ambitions than that though, with their eyes on the final table at the very least.
Another record that was broken was the fact that the event is now the largest ever non-US based World Poker Tour ever staged. They will be delighted with just how much success this event has shown, which is exactly why the WPT are always looking to migrate into new areas on their tour.
Whilst Raichura finished with the days highest chip count, he will know that the event is still in its early stages. There were 221 players that made it through to Day 2 which will be added to the 141 players that survived Day 1a.
Amongst the notable players to be going into Day 2, there will be John Racener, Dan Smith, Trishelle Cannatella, Gavin Smith and the ever aggressive Andy Frankenberger. This means that there are still plenty of players capable of making some big moves in the event.
The Top Seven From Day 1b!
Kalpesh Raichura – (314,200)
Jeff Gross – (284,000)
Glen Cymbaluk – (270,700)
Everol Davis – (243,900)
Louis Rousseau – (236,200)
Daniel Ricci – (231,900)
Josh Kimmel – (210,000)
Day 2 will be kicking off at 12pm local time today with the players playing until the bubble is burst. So to make sure you are well in the know about what is occurring, make sure you come back tomorrow to get an update.