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Winner Will Receive a Hublot King Power Unico Watch

01:39 PM, 04/24/14

Day 3 Starts Soon at #WPTWorldChamps

11:26 AM, 04/24/14

Day 2 Ends w/68; Eric Afriat Leads w/1,003,000

11:50 PM, 04/23/14

Jason Koon and NFL Wide Receiver Miles Austin

11:37 PM, 04/23/14

WPT History Books: Matt Stout

10:29 PM, 04/23/14

Harrison Gimbel Eliminated by Chipleader Eric Afriat

09:55 PM, 04/23/14

WPT History Books: Will Failla

06:46 PM, 04/23/14

WPT History Books: Byron Kaverman

05:03 PM, 04/23/14

ClubWPT Qualifier David Daggett

02:44 PM, 04/23/14

WPT History Books: Allen Kessler

02:40 PM, 04/23/14

Winner Will Receive a Hublot King Power Unico Watch

01:21 PM, 04/23/14

Day 2 Seat Draw

05:51 AM, 04/23/14

Day 1B ends w/138; Jason Koon Leads w/252,800

11:26 PM, 04/22/14

Have You Tried the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager?

11:06 PM, 04/22/14

WPT History Books: Jared Jaffee

09:25 PM, 04/22/14

ClubWPT Qualifier David Daggett

09:21 PM, 04/22/14

WPT Flashback: Season I World Championship

07:04 PM, 04/22/14

Monster Masher Will Failla Has a Bounty On His Head

06:25 PM, 04/22/14

WPT Flashback: Season II World Championship

05:54 PM, 04/22/14

Tiffany Bracelets for the Royal Flush Girls

03:47 PM, 04/22/14

partypoker.com Qualifiers Jeff Cote and Dmitrii Prusov

03:24 PM, 04/22/14

WPT History Books: Lee Markholt

03:04 PM, 04/22/14

Anthony Zinno Scores Big in the NJCOP

02:36 PM, 04/22/14

WPT Flashback: Season IV World Championship

01:16 PM, 04/22/14

Winner Will Receive a Hublot King Power Unico Watch

12:11 PM, 04/22/14

237 Entries and Counting

11:49 AM, 04/22/14

WPT Flashback: Season V World Championship

11:44 AM, 04/22/14

Day 1A Ends w/62; Paul Volpe Leads w/215,300

11:22 PM, 04/21/14

WPT History Books: Faraz Jaka

10:57 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Flashback: Season VI World Championship

09:52 PM, 04/21/14

Toughest Table in the Room

09:29 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Flashback: Season VII World Championship

07:19 PM, 04/21/14

Anthony Zinno Scores Big in the NJCOP

07:00 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Player Party Tonight at MURMUR Nightclub

06:38 PM, 04/21/14

PartyPoker Qualifier Michael Zduniak

05:15 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Flashback: Season VIII World Championship

04:33 PM, 04/21/14

partypoker Qualifier Richard Pilchman

04:24 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Flashback: Season IX World Championship

02:55 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Flashback: Season X World Championship

12:55 PM, 04/21/14

Winner Will Receive a Hublot King Power Unico Watch

12:11 PM, 04/21/14

WPT Flashback: Season XI World Championship

11:57 AM, 04/21/14

Photo: Shuffle Up & Deal

11:50 AM, 04/21/14

WPT World Championship About to Begin

10:40 AM, 04/21/14

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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



Eric Afriat 1,010,000 
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 850,000 
Jeff Madsen 730,000 
Ryan D'Angelo 650,000 
Tony Dunst 590,000 
Anthony Gregg 567,000 

Average Chip Count: 328,000
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Players Remaining:

50 of 328

Time Remaining:

Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $1,350,000
2 $727,860
3 $452,729
4 $363,930
5 $286,292
6 $235,341
7 $189,244
8 $143,146
9 $97,048
10 - 12 $63,081
13 - 15 $52,163
16 - 18 $41,488
19 - 27 $33,967
28 - 36 $30,085

Blind Structure

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