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CA$10,300 Main Event



CA$10,300 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Lam Surprises the Field on Day 1a of CA$10,000 Main Event

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Sandy Lam
Sandy Lam

The opening day of the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America has drawn to an end after 10 levels of play. A total of 151 players have made their way to Day 2 and it was Sandy Lam bagging up the Day 1a chip lead with an impressive stack of 6,840,000 chips.

While Lam is a recreational poker player hailing from the United States, she managed to find her way through one of the toughest fields in this CA$10,000 Main Event. Lam has just one recorded cash in her poker career of under $1,000. Lam is looking to change that this week with at least a five-figure score and she is well on her way to accomplishing that feat.

A couple of notable names are sitting within striking distance of Lam including German high-roller Manig Loeser. Coming off a recent victory worth over $670,000, Loeser bagged up 6,620,000 chips and is looking to keep the momentum rolling here in Montreal. Armin Rezaei (5,790,000), Jonathan Concepcion (5,320,000), and Georgiy Filippovich (5,305,000) round out the top five chip counts.

Manig Loeser
Manig Loeser

The day got started with around 150 players in their seats but that number continued to escalate quickly through the four levels of late registration. With no re-entry option available on the same day, the action started off rather slow. When registration closed after four levels, there were a total of 304 entries, surpassing the halfway mark of the CA$5,000,000 guaranteed prizepool.

Some of the big names to be eliminated throughout the day include Patrick Serda, Sergio Aido, Scott Seiver, Ema Zajmovic, Alex Lynskey, Jeff Gross, Taylor Black, Anatoly Filatov, Ludovic Geilich, and Darryll Fish. They will have one more chance to run up a stack when Day 1b begins on Wednesday, May 22.

None of the partypoker team members were able to find a bag, however, some of the online qualifiers found better success. Leo Liberal (1,790,000), Daniel Dubeau (730,000), Matthew Urban (255,000), and Samuel Gagnon (235,000) will all return for Day 2 with a shot at turning their rags into riches.

The action will resume tomorrow with Day 1b beginning at 12 p.m. local time. Day 2 will continue on Wednesday, May 23 where the entire field will come together for the first time. Continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the updates throughout the entire event.

Tags: Alex LynskeyAnatoly FilatovArmin RezaeiDarryll FishEma ZajmovicGeorgiy FilippovichJeff GrossJonathan ConcepcionLeo LiberalLudovic GeilichManig LoeserMatthew UrbanPatrick SerdaSamuel GagnonSandy LamScott SeiverSergio AidoTaylor Black

End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts (full)

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Sandy Lam CA
Sandy Lam
CA 6,840,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 6,620,000 3,020,000
Armin Rezaei at
Armin Rezaei
at 5,790,000
Jonathan Concepcion es
Jonathan Concepcion
es 5,320,000 280,000
Georgiy Filippovich RU
Georgiy Filippovich
RU 5,305,000 2,055,000
Philippe D'Auteuil ca
Philippe D'Auteuil
ca 5,235,000 285,000
Josh Kay us
Josh Kay
us 5,205,000 2,355,000
Ryan Pignatelli us
Ryan Pignatelli
us 5,180,000 1,380,000
Babak Forozandeh ca
Babak Forozandeh
ca 4,850,000 650,000
Gerald Karlic at
Gerald Karlic
at 4,705,000 35,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 4,665,000 -135,000
Daune Fernandez ca
Daune Fernandez
ca 4,645,000 3,314,000
Rick Beer CA
Rick Beer
CA 4,535,000 575,000
Ami Alibay ca
Ami Alibay
ca 4,250,000 1,250,000
Alexandru Baron ca
Alexandru Baron
ca 4,070,000 4,070,000
Tony Ruberto us
Tony Ruberto
us 4,000,040 -49,960
Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
de 4,000,000 4,000,000
Ben Wilinofsky ca
Ben Wilinofsky
ca 3,825,000 -1,150,000
Olivier Rebello-Frechette ca
Olivier Rebello-Frechette
ca 3,795,000 3,795,000
Danick Landriault ca
Danick Landriault
ca 3,700,000 -1,080,000
Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
gb 3,520,000 1,675,000
Robin Hegele de
Robin Hegele
de 3,475,000 3,475,000
Santiago Plante ca
Santiago Plante
ca 3,435,000 2,735,000
Daniel Chalifour us
Daniel Chalifour
us 3,410,000 2,485,000
Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
gr 3,355,000 -205,000

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Day 1A of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event Concludes with Sandy Lam Leading

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Sandy Lam
Sandy Lam

Day 1A of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America CA$10,300 Main Event has concluded with the 304-player field reduced to approximately 151 players.

Sandy Lam is the overall chip leader after amassing a 6,840,000 chip stack to edge out Armin Rezaei who finished with 5,790,000 after losing a million-chip pot late in the level to give up the chip lead.

Also among the leaders include Jonathan Concepcion, Ben Wilinofsky, Philippe D'Auteuil, and last year's third-place finisher Tony Ruberto who will all return for Day 2 on Thursday, May 23, at 12 p.m. (EDT) along with the remainder of the Day 1A survivors.

A full recap of the day, along with a full list of chip counts will be posted later tonight.

Tags: Sandy LamArmin Rezaei

Grafton Out-Flops Gimbel

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Sam Grafton raised it up from the cutoff and Harrison Gimbel just called from the big blind. The flop came {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Gimbel check-called a bet of 30,000 from Grafton.

The turn was the {8-Hearts} and Gimbel checked again. Grafton stuck in a bet of 150,000 this time but Gimbel still called. The river was the {4-Hearts} and both players quickly knuckled the table. Gimbel showed {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} but Grafton held {a-Spades}{7-Hearts} for the winner.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 4,800,000 900,000
Harrison Gimbel us
Harrison Gimbel
us 1,550,000 -740,000

Tags: Sam GraftonHarrison Gimbel

Four More Hands

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

The Tournament Director has announced that there will be just four more hands remaining for Day 1A.

Geci Doubles Through Bain

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

On the turn with the board reading {10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and 300,000 in the middle, Endrit Geci found himself all in for his last 685,000 against Tristan Bain.

Bain: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Geci: {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

The river landed the {3-Diamonds}, and Geci doubled through with his turned straight.

Tristan Bain au
Tristan Bain
au 2,520,000 -1,160,000
Endrit Geci gb
Endrit Geci
gb 1,670,000 980,000

Tags: Endrit GeciTristan Bain

Acey-Deucey for Filippovich

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Georgiy Filippovich raised to 55,000 in middle position and Tony Ruberto called in the cutoff. From the button, Rainer Kempe three-bet to 200,000, and both Filippovich and Ruberto called.

The {7-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} board checked through to the river where Filippovich tabled his {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and both Ruberto and Kempe mucked.

Tony Ruberto us
Tony Ruberto
us 4,050,000 1,380,000
Georgiy Filippovich RU
Georgiy Filippovich
RU 3,250,000 -790,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 1,750,000 -270,000

Tags: Georgiy FilippovichRainer KempeTony Ruberto

Lam Continues to Rise

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

On a flop of {6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}, Sandy Lam led out for 100,000 from the big blind. The other big stack at the table, Gerald Karlic, called in position.

The turn was the {q-Clubs} and Lam checked to Karlic who bet 225,000. Lam check-raised to 525,000 and Karlic pushed his cards to the muck with a smile on his face. Lam showed her {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} as she pulled in the pot to extend her lead over the field.

Sandy Lam CA
Sandy Lam
CA 6,310,000 250,000
Gerald Karlic at
Gerald Karlic
at 4,670,000 -430,000

Tags: Sandy LamGerald Karlic