If you are a member of the Canadian poker community and you hear the name Sylvain Siebert, you immediately think of Playground Poker Club. For a stretch of 18 months between November 2012 and May 2014, Sylvain racked up five cashes worth over $350,000, including two World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event final tables.
Entering the day with over three times the average stack after crushing a Phase 1 flight, Sylvain was a steady name atop the leaderboard during Day 1a of the partypoker Live Million North America. With a $5,000,000 prize pool up for grabs, 372 entries gathered with 137 left chasing the largest guarantee in Canadian poker history.
After 10, 60-minute levels on Day 1a, Sylvain ran his stack up to 7,744,000 to claim the overall chip lead. Nipun Java bagged the second best pile of chips with 7,387,000, while Julian Milliard-Feral (7,252,000), Dilovan Hussein (7,200,000), and 2016 November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka (7,124,000) round out the top five.
Other Canadians to survive the day include Philippe D’Auteuil (5,698,000), Bob Taylor (5,186,000), Kyle Hartree (4,980,000), Peter Jetten (4,202,000), Terrence Chan (3,863,000), Ema Zajmovic (3,738,000), Ari Engel (3,439,000) and 2016 November Niner Griffin Benger (3,116,000).
Some of the Canadians to fall throughout Day 1 were Mike Leah, Eric Afriat, Nick Civitarese, and Charles La Boissonniere. Anyone who saw their chip count slide to zero does have the option to fire another $5,300 bullet into the prize pool on Day 1b. Day 1b kicks off at noon local time in Kahnawake on Saturday.