Mike Leah has a little over one month to do the unthinkable – catch Dan Colman in the race for BLUFF Player of the Year. Friday in Montreal the Canadian poker pro took a huge step toward that goal, finishing as the Day 1B chip leader of WPT Montreal event at the Playground Poker Club.
Leah bagged up 297,000 – more than 100,000 more than his closest competitor, Alim Perales, who finished with 189,500. Leah has 21 cashes in 2014, so to catch Colman he’ll need to win a major event with a big field to have any hope of erasing Colman’s 302.66 point lead.
Day 1B saw 209 players pony up the $3,850 CDN buy-in to push the total field to 342. Only 87 players made it through the day. Thanks to the re-entry format, players eliminated on Day 1A and 1B will be able to fire another bullet on Saturday, Day 1C.
Beyond Leah, the top of the Day 1B leaderboard is full of familiar names. Jonathan Jaffe, Harry Arutunyan, Christian Harder and David Williams all ended with a top ten stack. Andy Frankenberger (97,900), Byron Kaverman (70,400), Phillip Hui (66,100), Jason Mercier (66,100) are some of the other notables to survive Day 1B with a better than average stack.
Mike McDonald (46,200), Jeff Madsen (28,400) and Dan Smith (14,500) also made it through the day but will begin Day 2 below average. Some of the familiar faces to bust out on Day 1B include Kara Scott, Will Failla, Pratyush Buddiga, Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Kelly.
The final starting day, Day 1C, gets underway Saturday at 11 AM ET.
Top Ten Day 1B Chip Counts
- Mike Leah – 297,000
- Alim Perales – 189,500
- Sheraz Nasir – 179,900
- Jonathan Jaffe – 173,000
- Mark Darner – 162,700
- Harry Arutyunyan – 154,700
- Maduka Meragal – 145,100
- Christian Harder – 140,200
- Yannick Gauthier – 140,100
- David Williams – 139,000
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