Natasha Barbour Leads Canadian Contingent Heading to Day 2 of PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event

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Both qualifying flights of the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte Carlo Casino Main Event have come to an end with a strong Canadian contingent still in the mix. Through Day 1a and Day 1b, a total of 716 entries have been received, though registration will remain open until the start of Day 2 on Monday.

Leading the Canadian contingent is Natasha Barbour, freshly married to PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier and expecting mother-to-be, bagging 91,600. Super High Roller specialist Daniel Dvoress (44,200), Andrew Chen (28,600), Lucas Greenwood (28,100), and none other than poker icon Daniel ‘KidPoker’ Negreanu (27,600) are just a few of the Canadians in the hunt.


Name Country Chip Count
Natasha Barbour Canada 91,600
Bradley Marsh Canada 88,300
Arezki Belaidi Canada 49,200
Daniel Dvoress Canada 44,200
Kliment Roussev Tarmakov Canada 32,300
Nabil Chaya Canada 31,700
Andrew Chen Canada 28,600
Thomas Popov Canada 28,200
Lucas Greenwood Canada 28,100
Daniel Negreanu Canada 27,600
Wesley Wong Canada 21,000


Formerly the European Poker Tour Grand Final, the new stop in Monaco, France has seen the buy-in cut in half, down to 5,300. About 309 players will resume play on Day 2 with prize pool and payouts becoming available once registration closes.

Some of the Canadians failing to secure a seat on Day 2 include Ema Zajmovic, Mike Watson, Michael Ho, Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer, Tyler Marsh, Patrick Serda, and Noah Vaillancourt.

The overall chip lead belongs to Jeffrey Hakim, who mustered a stack of 305,300 on Day 1a. Germany’s Manig Loeser and Ole Schemion are also among the leaders, as is PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin and Day 1b chip leader Gianluca Speranza.

A unique partnership emerged before the festival kicked off as PokerStars and the World Poker Tour (WPT) have joined forces and created the MonteDam Swing. The joint promotion is based on four events, two from each brand across the PokerStars Championship and the WPT Amsterdam festivals.

Players earn points by competing in the PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo, PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event, the WPTDeepstacks Amsterdam, and the WPT Amsterdam Main Event. Prizes include buy-ins to PokerStars and WPT Main Events as well as buy-ins to WPTDeepstacks and PokerStars National Championship events.

Day 2 will kick off at noon local time in Monaco with an exciting day of poker ahead. Want your chance to play the PokerStars Championship events? Sign up with PokerStars today and receive some amazing offers to create your path to the next PokerStars Championship Main Event.

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