WSOP Main Event Day 1b; Strong Canadian Contingent Advances

Eric Afriat

For the second-straight day, the premiere poker tournament of the year has surpassed 2015’s numbers at the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). Day 1b of Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em Championship drew a field of 1,733. Russian Andrey Zaichenko leads 1,302 survivors into Day 2 with Canadian World Poker Tour (WPT) Champion Eric Afriat in the top five.

Matthew Jarvis
Matthew Jarvis

The Canadian contingent was out in full force on Day 1b with 51 Canucks advancing to Day 2. WPT Champions Paul Klann and the aforementioned Afriat are moving on along with WSOP November Niner’s Matt Jarvis and Scott Montgomery. Montgomery is also a WSOP bracelet winner and will be joined by fellow bracelet winners Justin Oliver and Daniel Idema. Here is how the Canadian contingent stacks up heading into Day 2.


Eric Afriat SAINT-LAURENT, QC 200,500
Matt Jarvis VANCOUVER, BC 147,000
Philipp Schnetzer Granville Ferry, NS 142,700
Mike Watson Toronto, ON 125,400
Geoffrey Mcneely Thornhill, ON 121,100
Justin Oliver Toronto, ON 112,200
Paul Klann Richmond, BC 110,500
Enzo Deluca Vernon, BC 108,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC 103,700
Charles Hebert Boucherville, QC 91,000
Michael Niwinski Burnaby, ON 90,500
Edward Arnold Niagara On The Lake, ON 85,800
Joseph Gallo Tisdale, SK 80,600
Scott Montgomery Ottawa, ON 76,300
Thomas Lefort St-Annes-des-Lacs, QC 75,600
Nikolaos Alafogiannis North York, ON 73,200
Shayne Khanna SAINT-LAMBERT, QC 72,000
Richard Mullen White Rock, BC 69,800
Perry Rouzes Cape St George, NL 64,200
Ronald Giles Airdrie, AB 63,200
John Wakileh Maple, ON 62,200
Jason Lavallee Montreal, QC 58,900
Min Huang VANCOUVER, BC 58,300
Antonio Pace Kitchener, ON 57,500
Terrence Chan VANCOUVER, BC 56,100
Ronnie Khanna SAINT-LAMBERT, QC 54,300
Robert Anderson Delta, BC 53,900
Stephen Ladowsky Toronto, ON 49,400
Daniel Idema VANCOUVER, BC 47,000
Jean-Nicolas Fortin Saint-Augustin-De-Desmaur, QC 45,600
Theresa Jennings Okotoks, AB 45,200
Randy Jennings Calgary, AB 45,000
Lucas Greenwood Toronto, ON 42,800
Paolo Cusinato Sudbury, ON 42,200
Marc Olivier Carpentier Perrault Montreal, QC 35,000
Eric Levesque Montreal, QC 34,000
Curt Walter White City, SK 32,800
Eric Vallee New Westminster, BC 24,800
Timothy Vukson Mount Forest , ON 24,400
Ali Sheikholeslami Richmond Hill, ON 24,100
William Fitzpatrick Erin, ON 23,500
Josh Mammon Richmond, BC 22,400
David Dubnyk Lethbridge, AB 21,700
Yao Sun VANCOUVER, BC 21,500
Jason Mann Burnaby, BC 18,400
Osman Soubra Richmond Hill, ON 16,700
Douglas Suffel SAULT STE MARIE, ON 14,100
Baruch Scheinberg Richmond Hill, ON 13,400
Henry Strasser Toronto, ON 6,300
Clinton Cockburn Saskatoon, SK 6,200
Matthew Wood Whitby, ON 4,100


After five levels of play Zaichenko built a stack of 292,700. Kenny Hallaert (269,400), Kevin Powell (219,800), Chang Luo (203,800), and Afriat (200,500) round out the top of the leaderboard. Melanie Weisner, Brandon Adams, Johnny Chan, David Vamplew, and Justin Bonomo are just a few notables also surviving the day.

There is one more chance for players to qualify for the Main Event. Day 1c begins at 11:00 a.m. local time in Las Vegas on Monday and a full house is expected. The final starting flight has always been the largest and nothing short of that is expected.

The WSOP is now quickly coming to an end, but there is still hope for another Canadian bracelet. Good luck to all Canadians on their Main Event adventure in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to Canada Poker for up-to-date WSOP news and events and follow your favorite Canadian poker players throughout the series. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates over the series.


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