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$1,100 Playground1000



$1,100 Playground1000
Day 1a completed

Georges Hallak Bags Big on Day 1a of $1,100 Playground1000 $1M Guaranteed!

[user323482] • Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Georges Hallak
Georges Hallak

The opening flight of the $1,100 Playground1000 $1,000,000 guaranteed event is in the books and it's Georges Hallak who leads the way in the first of four live starting flights.

The day ended with 82 hopefuls moving on to Day 2 on Monday, September 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the ever-popular Playground Poker Club in beautiful Kahnawake, Quebec in Canada.

Hallak called a big shove midway through the day with a set of eights and never really looked back. He comes back with 626,500 chips on Day 2, good for 261 big blinds. The next-biggest stack belongs to Benoit Lord with 453,800 and local notable Sam Chartier with 452,200 rounding out the top three.

Other notable stacks include partypoker Team Pros Kristen Bicknell (352,300) and Natalia Breviglieri (153,300), Mike Leah (348,500), Guillaume Nolet (300,000),Dustin Melanson (278,300), Jean-Pascal Savard (239,500), Marc Karam (171,800), Michael Malm (155,000), Alexandre Lavigne (125,600) and Carter Swidler (31,000).

The day ended with 160 entries, and while a little more than half of the field advanced, players have the option of re-entering once per day as well as before registration closes after Level 12 on Day 2.

With half of the field gone, many familiar faces failed to find a bag including Pierre Paul Paulin, Peter Chien, Isabelle Tremblay, Patrick Braga, Jeff Cormier, Fabio Luongo, David Ormsby and Jiachen Gong.

There are three more starting flights left, so keep following along as PokerNews brings you all of the action on the way to crowning another big winner here at the World Cup of Cards.

Tags: Georges HallakGuillaume NoletIsabelle TremblayJeff CormierKristen BicknellMarc KaramMichael MalmMike LeahNatalia BreviglieriPeter ChienSamuel Chartier

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

[user323482] • Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Georges Hallak CA
Georges Hallak
CA 626,500 161,500
Benoit Lord
Benoit Lord
453,800 453,800
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 451,200 81,200
Sammy Chao CA
Sammy Chao
CA 385,900 -29,100
Stephen Smith us
Stephen Smith
us 378,100 -31,900
Aaron Czaja CA
Aaron Czaja
CA 377,900 377,900
Daniel Elkeslassy CA
Daniel Elkeslassy
CA 360,000 25,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 352,300 87,300
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 348,500 208,500
Marco Lang CA
Marco Lang
CA 340,600 340,600
Benoit Theetge CA
Benoit Theetge
CA 334,500 168,000
Paul Scott CA
Paul Scott
CA 327,000 89,000
William Blais ca
William Blais
ca 322,000 322,000
Matthew Wilkins ca
Matthew Wilkins
ca 311,600 40,600
Hugo Theotol
Hugo Theotol
302,600 302,600
Maxime Lejeune Hebert
Maxime Lejeune Hebert
302,200 302,200
Guillaume Nolet ca
Guillaume Nolet
ca 300,000 200,000
Denis Giguere CA
Denis Giguere
CA 295,300 15,300
Gabriel Attiave
Gabriel Attiave
289,200 289,200
Dustin Melanson CA
Dustin Melanson
CA 278,300 41,300
Jeremy Lyons CA
Jeremy Lyons
CA 275,400 66,400
Andrew Dick CA
Andrew Dick
CA 271,300 271,300
Steve Mansour CA
Steve Mansour
CA 269,000 -12,000
Michel Dubreuil us
Michel Dubreuil
us 260,300 50,300
Jonathan Marrie ca
Jonathan Marrie
ca 244,500 244,500

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Last Five Hands!

[user323482] • Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament director has announced players will play just five more hands before the night is over.

A full recap and list of chip counts will be available later tonight.

Belley Backs Into a Timely Double

[user323482] • Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Philippe Belley and Ha Van Nguyen were all-in before the flop, with Belley being the player at risk.

Belley tabled {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and Nguyen revealed {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} for a coin flip.

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Nguyen pulled ahead with a pair of aces. Belley started to walk away from the table but the turn was the {2-Diamonds} and the river was the {7-Diamonds} to give Belley a flush to remain in the game.

Philippe Belley ca
Philippe Belley
ca 90,000
Ha Van Nguyen CA
Ha Van Nguyen
CA 30,000

Tags: Ha Van NguyenPhilippe Belley

Sauve Flops a Big Draw

[user323482] • Level 9: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Natalia Breviglieri raised to 4,500 from middle position and Frank Sauve called from the cutoff.

The flop came {3-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Breviglieri bet 5,200. Sauve called.

The turn was the {4-Hearts} and Breviglieri bet 10,500 this time. Sauve called again. The river was the {3-Diamonds} and both players quickly checked back.

Before Breviglieri could table her hand, Sauve tabled {a-Spades}{4-Spades} for a pair of fours. He flopped a straight-flush draw and paired his four on the turn to rake in the pot.

Natalia Breviglieri gb
Natalia Breviglieri
gb 155,000 -11,000
Frank Sauve CA
Frank Sauve
CA 130,000 88,000

Tags: Frank SauveNatalia Breviglieri


Last Break of the Day

[user323482] • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Players are on their last break of the day!

One more level before bagging and tagging.

Drolet Shoves and Shows a Bluff

[user323482] • Level 8: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

With about 15,000 in the pot, on a board reading {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, Timothy Deering led for 9,500 from the small blind. Lucas Drolet called on the button.

The turn was the {a-Clubs} and Deering led out for 16,500 this time. Drolet wasted no time and shoved all-in for 66,500. Deering went into the tank and even grabbed chips to potentially call but eventually folded.

Drolet tabled {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for a flush draw and raked in the pot.

Timothy Deering CA
Timothy Deering
CA 195,000 -51,000
Lucas Drolet ca
Lucas Drolet
ca 130,000

Tags: Timothy DeeringLucas Drolet