WSOP Main Event Day 2ab; Eric Afriat Bags Top 10 Stack


Eric-Afriat-2016-WSOPTuesday at the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw the return of both Day 1a and Day 1b survivors of Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT NLHE Championship gather for Day 2ab. There were a total of 1,847 players take a seat at the start of play and that number would drop to 760 by the end of five and a half two-hour levels.

Like each day so far, an American bagged the top stack. San Diego, CA resident Valentin Vornicu built his stack up to 838,600 earning the chip lead. Jamie Shaevel (586,000), Alvaro Lopez (573,200), Ramin Hajiyev (558,400), and Chad Power (546,800) round out the top five.

Top Canadian stack after Day 1b went to World Poker Tour champion Eric Afriat who successfully defended that title on Day 2ab. Afriat sits in the top 10 overall with 501,000. Guillaume Nolet, PokerStars Team Online pro and no stranger to deep runs in the WSOP Main Event Marc-Andre Ladouceur, as well as Timothy Vukson are inside the top 25. Here is how the 31 surviving Canadians stack up:


Eric Afriat SAINT-LAURENT, QC, CA 501,000
Guillaume Nolet Mcwatters, QC 452,200
Marc-Andre Ladouceur Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC, CA 410,500
Timothy Vukson Mount Forest , ON 403,400
Owen Crowe HALIFAX, NS 385,000
Scott Montgomery Ottawa, ON 316,300
Ronald Giles Airdrie, AB 305,200
Matt Jarvis VANCOUVER, BC 290,100
Joseph Gallo Tisdale, SK 283,700
Robert Anderson Delta, BC 249,000
Justin Oliver TORONTO, ON 202,300
Nikolaos Alafogiannis NORTH YORK, ON 199,900
Michael Niwinski Burnaby, BC 163,900
John Wakileh Maple, ON 158,600
Ryan Mackinnon FREDERICTON, NB 140,500
Daniel Cheater Winnipeg, MB 128,000
Shayne Khanna SAINT-LAMBERT, QC 125,600
Curtis Heron Saskatoon, SK 125,100
Buck Ramsay HAMILTON, ON 117,700
Curt Walter White City, SK 110,200
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin BROSSARD, QC 104,800
Philipp Schnetzer Granville Ferry, NS 98,500
Jason Mann BURNABY, BC 94,700
Michael Goodman Thornhill, ON 94,000
Lucas Greenwood TORONTO, ON 93,400
Michael Carter Vancouver, BC 85,200
Min Huang Vancouver, BC 77,300
Henry Strasser TORONTO, ON 64,100
Darlene Lee Delta, BC 60,000
Clinton Cockburn Saskatoon, SK 50,800
Eric Levesque Montreal, QC 40,000


Some notable pros kept their dream alive including Gaelle Baumann, Tom Middleton, Alexander Kostritsyn, Mark Kroon, Brandon Adams, Matthew Ashton, Garry Gates, Prahlad Friedman, and Antonio Esfandiari.

For some though, the dream came to an end. Canadian WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Idema was eliminated along with Chad Holloway, Former November Niners Jesse Sylvia and Steve Gee, Victor Ramdin, and perhaps one of the most popular posts on the live-blog detailed the elimination of Howard Lederer. Poker’s new villain after his role in the Full Tilt Poker scandal.

Day 2c begins at 11:00 a.m. local time in Las Vegas on Wednesday with the over 3,000 players from Day 1c returning for battle.

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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