January 25-30 | Borgata | Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Photo Recap, Day 4: Shawn Cunix Was Unstoppable

03:44 AM, 01/30/15

Shawn Cunix Goes Wire to Wire on Day 4 of the Winter Open

12:34 AM, 01/30/15

Hand #114: Casey Yontz Out in 7th Place ($112,386)

12:21 AM, 01/30/15

Hand #106: Philippe Belley Out in 8th Place ($85,476)

12:05 AM, 01/30/15

Official Chip Counts: Final Eight Players

11:45 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #86-87: Eugene Todd Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

11:22 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #68: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Phillippe Belley

10:51 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #57: Michael Wang Out in 9th Place ($58,567)

10:29 PM, 01/29/15

Official Chip Counts: Final Nine Players

10:12 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #46: Sheriff Cunix Has 8.56 Million in Chips

10:04 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #37-39: Esther Taylor-Brady Over 4 Million

09:34 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #34-36: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Philippe Belley

09:32 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #32-33: Barry Leventhal Out in 10th Place ($37,989)

09:25 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #28: Aaron Mermelstein Wins 2.3M Pot vs. Leventhal

09:11 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #22: Philippe Belley Wins 3.3M Pot vs. Shawn Cunix

08:46 PM, 01/29/15

Check Out the Live Updates For WPTDeepstacks

07:22 PM, 01/29/15

Dinner Break Until 8:15 pm; Official Chip Counts

07:13 PM, 01/29/15

Save 25% on Monster Headphones with "WPT25"

06:34 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 10 Players

06:34 PM, 01/29/15

Kevin Calenzo Out in 11th Place ($37,989)

06:32 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 12 Players

05:36 PM, 01/29/15

Skrill Last-Longer Update: Final Three Players

03:42 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 17 Players

03:37 PM, 01/29/15

Aaron Massey Out in 18th Place ($18,045)

02:52 PM, 01/29/15

Official Seating & Chip Counts: Final 18 Players

02:51 PM, 01/29/15

Official Chip Counts: Final 21 Players

01:56 PM, 01/29/15

James Calderaro Out in 22nd Place ($14,879)

01:29 PM, 01/29/15

Esther Taylor-Brady Doubles Thru Matthew Alexander

12:23 PM, 01/29/15

Final 27 Players: Official Seating & Chip Counts

10:09 AM, 01/29/15

Day 3 Ends with Prospect of Calderaro-Cunix Rematch

01:45 AM, 01/29/15

Final 34 Players: Updated Chip Counts

11:55 PM, 01/28/15

Andy Frankenberger Out in 40th Place ($11,713)

10:21 PM, 01/28/15

Skrill Last-Longer Update: Four Players Remain

09:04 PM, 01/28/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

05:51 PM, 01/28/15

Maruti Yarlapati Bursts the Bubble in 91st Place

03:13 PM, 01/28/15

Andy Hwang Eliminated by Tim Bishop in 92nd Place

03:05 PM, 01/28/15

ClubWPT is Giving Away 3 VIP Packages in February

02:31 PM, 01/28/15

Jared Jaffee Impresses His Table

02:13 PM, 01/28/15

Last Night's VIP Dinner for partypoker Qualifiers

12:51 PM, 01/28/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize: 17 Players Left

12:47 PM, 01/28/15

Start of Day 3 Chip Counts

10:50 AM, 01/28/15

Justin Lunin-Pack and Tim Bishop Finish Day 2 on Top

12:51 AM, 01/28/15

Tim Bishop Doubles Thru Matt Itkin

12:17 AM, 01/28/15

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12:12 AM, 01/28/15

Shawn Cunix Makes a Billy Goat Puke

10:26 PM, 01/27/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

09:48 PM, 01/27/15

Snow Day for the Royal Flush Girls

09:02 PM, 01/27/15

Coming Up Next: WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

06:55 PM, 01/27/15

Video Update: Day 2 of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

05:54 PM, 01/27/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

05:37 PM, 01/27/15

DraftKings Qualifiers Chip Update

03:40 PM, 01/27/15

Official Prizepool Released; First Prize is $712,305

03:31 PM, 01/27/15

Interview with ClubWPT Qualifier Edward Auh

03:26 PM, 01/27/15

Last-Minute, Single-Hand, Single-Table Satellite

01:55 PM, 01/27/15

partypoker Qualifiers on Day 2

01:13 PM, 01/27/15

Winter Arrives at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

12:57 PM, 01/27/15

Not Tony Dunst's Turn

12:49 PM, 01/27/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Joey "Mush" Galazzo

12:35 PM, 01/27/15

Nine DraftKings Qualifiers in the Field

12:32 PM, 01/27/15

Day 2 Chip Counts

10:29 AM, 01/27/15

Day 1B Reaches the Guarantee Despite the Storm

11:43 PM, 01/26/15

Interview With partypoker Qualifier Dan Leddy

11:23 PM, 01/26/15

New Jersey Shutting Down All Roads at 11:00 pm

10:17 PM, 01/26/15

Eight partypoker Qualifiers in the Field

10:09 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Thomas Reitveld

09:34 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Ernie Zambri

07:00 PM, 01/26/15

DraftKings Wants to Send You to the L.A. Poker Classic

06:51 PM, 01/26/15

ClubWPT.com Qualifier Edward Auh

06:46 PM, 01/26/15

Save 25% on Monster Headphones with "WPT25"

05:40 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with Actor James Woods

05:01 PM, 01/26/15

Charity Winner Roger Lehman Won His Way Here

04:52 PM, 01/26/15

The Name Game

03:59 PM, 01/26/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

03:10 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Jimmy Ross

01:24 PM, 01/26/15

ClubWPT.com Offering Two Seats to WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

12:40 PM, 01/26/15

End of Day 1A Chip Counts

09:55 AM, 01/26/15

Day 1A Ends with Past Champ Andy Hwang Leading

11:31 PM, 01/25/15

jude4 wins a FIAT 500 Abarth Automatic on ClubWPT

11:14 PM, 01/25/15

Melissa Castello Intros the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

10:59 PM, 01/25/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

09:46 PM, 01/25/15

Unofficially 360 Entries on Day 1A

09:00 PM, 01/25/15

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07:14 PM, 01/25/15

They Came. They Played. They Were Conquered!

06:42 PM, 01/25/15

Coming Up Next: WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

05:41 PM, 01/25/15

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tourney at 6 pm on ClubWPT

04:00 PM, 01/25/15

DraftKings Wants to Send You to the WPT L.A. Poker Classic

01:49 PM, 01/25/15

How Early Is Too Early? You Be the Judge

01:37 PM, 01/25/15

Photo: Shuffle Up and Deal

12:17 PM, 01/25/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize: $3,500

11:37 AM, 01/25/15

Darren Elias Eliminated, Ready to Re-Enter

11:28 AM, 01/25/15

Live Tournament Updates

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Allen Kessler Eliminated

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Sorted In: Allen Kessler, Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:36 PM, 11/25/12

WPT's Mike Sexton is Here in Spirit

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Sorted In: Mike Sexton, Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:31 PM, 11/25/12

WPT "Ice" Hockey: Antonio Esfandiari vs. Phil Laak

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

0952 Bruce Buffer Introduces Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari
Photo: UFC announcer Bruce Buffer (left) introduces Phil Laak (in the goalie uniform) and Antonio Esfandiari to the crowd.

Longtime friends Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak had set up a prop bet before coming to WPT Montreal, to see which one of them would do a better job as a goalie in ice hockey.

They would not only be facing fellow poker players like Daniel Negreanu (an experienced ice hockey player) and Mad Marvin Rettenmaier (not so experienced), but professional NHL players Guy Carbonneau and Phil Kessel.

The Playground Poker Club built a temporary hockey rink on the stage overlooking the tournament area, though it kept the hard floor instead of ice; after all, nobody would be skating, just standing still as they either took shots on the goal, or tried to protect it.

The key players in this scenario all showed up early on Day 1B, whether they were playing today or not, to settle the prop bet before play began. Here's how it went down.

0789 Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Kessel
Antonio Esfandiari (left) gets some advice from professional hockey player Phil Kessel, who plays forward for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, and represented the U.S. Olympic team when they won the silver medal in 2010.

0794 Guy Carbonneau and Phil Laak
Phil Laak was the first player to don the goalie uniform, and he got some last-second tips from retired NHL player Guy Carbonneau. Carbonneau was an integral part of three different Stanley Cup-winning teams: the 1986 Montreal Canadiens, the 1993 Canadiens, and the 1999 Dallas Stars.

0816 Phil Laak
Phil Laak smiles for the camera shortly before he became a target for speeding pucks.

1091 Daniel Negreanu
Canadian Daniel Negreanu grew up playing hockey, and he was really enjoying the fact that he got to take some slap shots at his friends Antonio and Phil.

0755 Phil Laak
Phil Laak was able to block a shot or two, but most of them got by him, including this one.

1048 Daniel Negreanu and Phil Laak
Daniel Negreanu went 5-for-5 in his shots against Phil Laak, and leaped in the air to celebrate.

0805 Phil Laak
Phil Laak had to sit down for a moment after his session, claiming that the goalie uniform was not only hot and sweaty, but the shape of the pads forced his knees into an uncomfortable crouching position.

1082 Antonio Esfandiari
Then it was time for Antonio Esfandiari to take his turn as goaltender, and see if he could improve on Phil Laak's performance.

1116 Guy Carbonneau
The professional hockey players took it a little easy on Antonio and Phil, but they did cut loose with a couple of harder shots to give them the true experience. The crowd of onlookers (including poker pros Marvin Rettenmaier, Brian Rast, and Jeff Gross) watches as Guy Carbonneau sends a quick shot at Antonio.

1136 Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari flinches as a puck ricochets off of his body and into the goal behind him. You can see two other successful scores on the "ice" behind him.

1156 Antonio Esfandiari
When Antonio's time in the goal came to an end, he slowly dropped to the ice in exhaustion, and when he finally got up, he had a new respect for hockey goalies.

1265 Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak
Antonio Esfandiari (left) and Phil Laak (right) talk about the experience after changing back into more comfortable clothes.

1714 RFGs Angelique Velez and Ivy Teves
When the tournament started, the makeshift hockey rink emptied out, and Royal Flush Girls Angelique Velez (left) and Ivy Teves (right) decided to test out their own hockey skills.

Note that they are both wearing high heels instead of ice skates. Of course, you should also keep in mind that there was no ice, just the hard floor of a stage.

1742 RFG Angelique Velez
Angelique Velez takes a few shots on the goal, but keeps an eye on Ivy to see how she's doing.

1771 RFG Ivy Teves
Ivy Teves looked more like a golfer than a hockey player as she was teeing up the pucks, but at least she was having a good time.

1712 RFGs Angelique Velez and Ivy Teves
Angelique Velez (left) and Ivy Teves decided hockey wasn't their game, but it was still a fun way to cut loose on a tournament afternoon at the Playground Poker Club.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Guy Carbonneau, Phil Kessel, Marvin Rettenmaier, Royal Flush Girls, Angelique Velez, Ivy Teves, Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:30 PM, 11/25/12

Shuffle Up and Deal

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Cards are in the air on Day 2 with blinds at 1,000-2,000 with a 300 ante for the first 60-minute level of the day. There are 360 players starting the day and the average chip stack is 98,300,000 (49 bb).

Sorted In: Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:15 PM, 11/25/12

Day 2 Begins with 360 Players

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

It is usually unheard of for a World Poker Tour event to begin Day 2 with over 300 players, but this is not your standard WPT event. WPT Montreal has smashed all expectations and become one of the largest events in the history of the tour, not to mention setting records for Canadian tournament poker with a field of 1,173. There are 360 players that have advanced from Day 1A and 1B, but only 12.5 percent of them will make it to the end of Day 2. The plan is to play down to 45 players before play can end tonight.

Leading the way today are two players with more than 300,000 in chips. Day 1A chip leader Patrick Leviever holds 326,100 to lead the field and Day 1B chip leader Kalpesh Raichura is right behind with 314,200. Kerry Shears (299,000) and Jeff Gross (284,000) are also way ahead of their competitors.

There are a lot of big names left in the field, including Champions Club members David Williams, Will Failla, Andy Frankenberger, Antonio Esfandiari, Dominik Nitsche, and Soren Turkeswitch; Ones to Watch Amanda Musumeci, Jason Koon, and Xuan Liu; as well as Joseph Cheong, Allen Kessler, Tristan Wade, Ken Aldridge, Christian Harder, Bruce Buffer, Todd Terry, Dan Smith, Mohsin Charania, Tom Marchese, Trishelle Cannatella, and John Racener.

The Canadian contingent of pros that have stormed into Day 2 consists of Michael Watson, Timothy Adams, Erik Cajelais, Isabelle Mercier, Gavin Smith, Peter Jetten, and Michael McDonald. We will see if a Canadian can claim the top prize in the largest big buy-in tournament in the history of the country.

It should also be noted that the money bubble will burst today when 117 players remain and we will see what kind of effect that has on the pace of play. A min-cash is worth $5,421 but the big money is waiting on Day 3 and at the final table.

Cards get into the air at noon ET. Follow along throughout the day for live updates, chip counts, player interviews, and videos from the WPT Live Updates team here at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal.

Sorted In: Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:00 PM, 11/25/12



Shawn Cunix 8,880,000 
Aaron Mermelstein 7,160,000 
Eugene Todd 5,150,000 
Esther Taylor-Brady 4,020,000 
Justin Liberto 2,500,000 
Randy Pfeifer 1,985,000 

Average Chip Count: 4,945,000
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Players Remaining:

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $712,305
2 $419,467
3 $253,263
4 $212,108
5 $174,118
6 $140,878
7 $112,386
8 $85,476
9 $58,567
10 - 12 $37,989
13 - 15 $28,492
16 - 18 $18,045
19 - 27 $14,879
28 - 36 $12,980
37 - 45 $11,713
46 - 54 $10,447
55 - 63 $9,497
64 - 72 $8,548
73 - 81 $7,598
82 - 90 $6,965

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 10,000
31 60,000-120,000 20,000
32 80,000-160,000 20,000
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