The World Poker Tour (WPT) returned to Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, QC for the PartyPoker.net WPT Montreal during the 2016 Playground Poker Fall Classic. The tournament runs from November 11 – 17 including three starting flights with a $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
A stacked field of 135 entrants put up the $3,500+350 entry free for Day 1a. After 10 levels of play, only 47 of the original participants ended the day with chips. Leading the pack at the end of the night was Canadian and Saint-Laurent, QC native Eric Afriat with 214,500. Joining the WPT Champions Club member in the top five of the chips counts were Thomas Boivin (175,800), partypoker qualifier Richard Mask (174,100), Daniel Le (167,300), and Francois Gobeil (157,600).
Other notables able to run up their 30,000 starting chip stack to make it through the day were Canadian Scott Montgomery (149,000), Jeff Gross (119,700), Jeff Rossiter (113,200), Allen Kessler (67,700), Mike Sexton (64,600), Canadian Sam Chartier (61,000), Aaron Massey (57,300), and Kevin MacPhee (49,600).
Notables who were unable to make it to the end of the day include Keven Stammen, Tony Dunst, Mike McDonald, Mark Radoja, and Ankush Mandavia. These players will still have the opportunity to buy into another one of the two remaining starting flights happening over the next two days.
Another flight will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. local time with plans on playing another 10 levels.Stay tuned to Canada Poker for up-to-date Canadian poker news and events. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.