Canadian Mike Vesia has claimed the overall chip lead after topping the counts on a huge Day 1b of the partypoker Live Million North America at Playground Poker Club. A total of 589 entries were received throughout play on Day 1b, sliding past the $5,000,000, and bringing the total field size to 1,005.
Mike led all 256 survivors with a stack of 8,200,000. Following closely behind was Rodney Ramalho with 8,100,000 and then Kelly Kellner with 7,519,000, who near the end of the day had the lead with over 8.3M.
A few notables finding success on Saturday include Timothy Deering (6,357,000), Danny Noseworthy (5,336,000), Mike McDonald (4,069,000), Eric Afriat (3,770,000), Mike Leah (3,631,000), and Thomas Taylor (3,511,000).
Jeff Cormier, Joey Boczek, Shawn Daigle, Emil Kamel, Jason James, and Michael Egan are just some of the familiar faces seeing their run come to an end. Registration is, however, open for the first two levels on Day 2 so there is time to fire another bullet.
What is more impressive is that with just 21 more entries, this event will become the largest poker event in Canadian history. The 2007 World Poker Tour Season 6 $10,000 North America Poker Championship currently boasts that title with a prize pool of $5,133,335.
Day 2 gets underway at noon with roughly 422 runners. On the slate, is eight 75-minute levels.
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