All-Stars Highlight Final 49 Players at WPT Montreal

Maduka Meragal leads the final 49 players at WPT Montreal. (Photo courtesy WPT / Joe Giron)

Maduka Meragal leads the final 49 players at WPT Montreal. (Photo courtesy WPT / Joe Giron)

After Day 2 just 49 players remain in the hunt for the $409,656 first place prize money at the WPT Montreal event and while Maduka Meragal sits atop the leaderboard, the group of players right behind is full of worthy contenders.

Meragal finished Day 2 with 1,423,000. Right behind him is Marc-Andre Ladouceur with 1,071,000, reigning WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja with 1,024,000 and 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Phillip Hui with 909,000. Jonathan Jaffe (698,000) and Kevin MacPhee (639,000) also finished with a top ten stack.

There are three former WPT Champions still in the field and the only player with an above average stack is Harry Arutyunyan with 562,000 while Andy Frankenberger (377,000) and Antonio Esfandiari (366,000) will have their work cut out for them when play resumes.

The action-packed day began with 301 players, worked its way through the money bubble and wrapped up with just 49 players in the field. Some of the more familiar faces that busted out before making the money were Mike Watson, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Shannon Shorr, Tony Dunst and David Williams.

Most notably, Mike Leah, who sits second in the BLUFF Player of the Year race behind Dan Colman, came into the day with the biggest stack but was unable to make it to the money.

However, Darren Elias, Xuan Liu, Scott Clements and Cornel Cimpan were among the 41 players who made the money before busting on Day 2.

Day 3 action gets underway at Noon Monday.

Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Maduka Meragal – 1,423,000
  2. Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 1,071,000
  3. Mukul Pahuja – 1,024,000
  4. Phillip Hui – 909,000
  5. TJ Ulmer – 800,000
  6. Sheraz Nasir – 766,000
  7. Maurice Hawkins – 732,000
  8. Jonathan Jaffe – 698,000
  9. Kevin MacPhee – 639,000
  10. Nenad Sizgoric – 598,000
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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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