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September 14-19 | Borgata | Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The Skrill Last-Longer Update: Down to Cimpan & Vo

07:17 PM, 09/17/14

New Jersey Online Poker: Garden State Super Series

07:06 PM, 09/17/14

Catching Up with Reigning Champion Anthony Zinno

06:56 PM, 09/17/14

Matt Glantz Doubles Thru Iaron Lightbourne with a Royal Flush; Wins Free T-Shirt

06:31 PM, 09/17/14

Jeff Coutroulis Out in 93rd Place ($7,064); Ray Qartomy Crosses 1M

04:50 PM, 09/17/14

Blake Bohn Returns in Good Condition

04:14 PM, 09/17/14

Medical Emergency for Blake Bohn

03:25 PM, 09/17/14

Tom Dobrilovic Eliminated to Burst Money Bubble

03:08 PM, 09/17/14

DraftKings/Skrill VIP Players' Party

02:35 PM, 09/17/14

Official Prizepool Information

02:04 PM, 09/17/14

The Skrill Last-Longer Update: David Jackson Leads

01:00 PM, 09/17/14

ClubWPT RFG Bounty Tournament Underway

07:02 PM, 09/16/14

Catching Up with ClubWPT Qualifier Gregory Thomas

06:56 PM, 09/16/14

Wear Monster Headphones For Chance to Win Monster Prizes

05:59 PM, 09/16/14

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tourney on ClubWPT.com

03:42 PM, 09/16/14

New Jersey Online Poker: Garden State Super Series

02:52 PM, 09/16/14

Bruno Martins Doubles Thru Matt Stout in Massive Pot

02:25 PM, 09/16/14

The Skrill Last-Longer Update: Cornel Cimpan Leads

02:05 PM, 09/16/14

Meet the Qualifier: Ashley Cheung (partypoker)

01:29 PM, 09/16/14

Darlene Lee Ends Day 1B on Top

11:33 PM, 09/15/14

Meet the Qualifier: Carlos Rosendo (ClubWPT.com)

10:42 PM, 09/15/14

Official Prizepool Released; First Prize is $843,744

10:27 PM, 09/15/14

Chipleader Bonus: Monster Headphones

10:14 PM, 09/15/14

Jamie Armstrong Eliminated, But Not Going Anywhere

09:28 PM, 09/15/14

Meet the Qualifier: Gregory Thomas (ClubWPT.com)

06:40 PM, 09/15/14

WPT Player Party During the Dinner Break, Sponsored by DraftKings and Skrill

06:37 PM, 09/15/14

Two-Time NBA Champion Malik Rose is in the Field

05:20 PM, 09/15/14

New Jersey Online Poker: Garden State Super Series

03:36 PM, 09/15/14

ClubWPT Qualifiers in the Field

02:23 PM, 09/15/14

Will Dwyte Pilgrim Shock the World Again?

01:35 PM, 09/15/14

Wear Monster Headphones For Chance to Win Monster Prizes

12:45 PM, 09/15/14

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

11:20 AM, 09/15/14

Ben Bianco Eliminates Two to Clinch the Chip Lead

11:07 PM, 09/14/14

Chipleader Bonus: Monster Headphones

10:11 PM, 09/14/14

Steve Piper Wins the Monster Poker Survival Kit

09:06 PM, 09/14/14

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tourney on ClubWPT.com

07:10 PM, 09/14/14

Fantasy Poker Scouting Report

06:54 PM, 09/14/14

Qualifiers From DraftKings.com in the Field

04:08 PM, 09/14/14

Wear Monster Headphones For Chance to Win Monster Prizes

02:37 PM, 09/14/14

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

01:58 PM, 09/14/14

New Jersey Online Poker: Garden State Super Series

01:12 PM, 09/14/14

Welcome Back to Borgata!

10:05 AM, 09/14/14

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

 

CHIPCOUNT

NameChips
1
Kane Kalas 1,785,000 
2
Jean Max Gaspard 1,485,000 
3
Joseph Galazzo 1,200,000 
4
Hee Im 1,150,000 
5
Blake Bohn 1,140,000 
6
Ray Qartomy 1,070,000 

Average Chip Count: 540,882
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Summary

Current Level:

Dinner Break

Players Remaining:

68 of 1,226

Time Remaining:

Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $843,744
2 $500,364
3 $308,067
4 $259,012
5 $213,999
6 $174,637
7 $135,393
8 $100,073
9 $71,621
10 - 12 $46,701
13 - 15 $31,395
16 - 18 $20,996
19 - 27 $17,385
28 - 36 $15,109
37 - 45 $13,147
46 - 54 $11,342
55 - 63 $9,811
64 - 72 $8,438
73 - 81 $7,770
82 - 90 $7,378
91 - 100 $7,064
101 - 110 $6,868
111 - 120 $6,750

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 100-200 0
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 50
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 1,500-3,000 400
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
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