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2017 CPPT World Cup of Cards: Blake Tarbell Leads After Day 1A

18 Players Survive The First of Two Starting Days In $400,000 Guaranteed Event

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Day 1A of the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup of Cards $400,000 guaranteed $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event is in the books. A total of 76 entries turned out to Playground Poker Club in Montreal for the first of two starting flights, with 18 players remaining after 14 levels of exciting poker action.

The chip leader following the conclusion of day 1A was Blake Tarbell (pictured above) with 274,000. Other big stacks include Jiachen ‘Jack’ Gong (226,000), Stuart Taylor (196,500) and Douglas Watson (185,500).

Plenty of recognizable faces were in the field on day 1A but failed to bag up chips, including two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, WSOP Asia Pacific high roller bracelet winner Mike Leah, WSOP Circuit main event winner Samuel Chartier, 2008 WSOP main event final tablist and bracelet winner Scott Montgomery, 2013 WSOP main event sixth-place finisher Marc Etienne Mclaughlin and 2017 WSOP main event 22nd-place finisher David Guay.

Day 1B kicks off at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, with late registration open until 4:00 pm. The survivors of the two starting flights will combine on Sunday, Aug. 27 for day 2. The final table will play down to a champion on Monday, Aug. 28.

Players will start with 30,000 in chips, with 45-minute levels throughout day 1B. From day 2 on levels will increase to 60 minutes in duration until heads-up play, at which point the levels will be shortened to 30 minutes.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the day 1A survivors:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Blake Tarbell 274,500
2 Jiachen Gong 226,000
3 Stuart Taylor 196,500
4 Douglas Watson 185,500
5 Rong Xu 175,000
6 William Blais 169,000
7 Garrett Dansereau 145,500
8 Tam Ho 126,500
9 Jonathan Cohen 121,500
10 Andrew Watt 113,000
11 Sammy Chao 112,000
12 Edouard Dupuis 85,000
13 Louis Boutin 75,000
14 Patrick St-Onge 68,500
15 Thomas Cemm 68,500
16 David Valcourt-Dube 57,000
17 Brady Hinnegan 42,500
18 Steven Martin 38,500

About The World Cup of Cards and Playground Poker Club

The World Cup of Cards (WCC) is back for its second year, and this year’s edition is bigger and better than ever! Running until Sept. 13, the WCC features more than $6 million in guaranteed prize pools in events designed to appeal to players of all experience levels.

The weekend after the CPPT main event will be focused on a new event, the Playground 1000, an $1,100 buy-in with four starting flights (this is the second event in the WCC with a $1 million prize pool guarantee.)

Last but not least among the marquee events in the WCC, is the brand new Canadian Poker Championship. This is a $2,200 no-limit hold’em event that boasts a massive $2 million guarantee featuring three single re-entry “normal” speed starting flights, plus an additional single re-entry turbo starting flight.

There’s more! Playground Poker Club has responded to popular demand by adding two additional $5,000 eight-max events plus a $10,000 high roller six-max event to the schedule. The World Cup of Cards caters to all players, with bankrolls big and small.

In addition to all of these amazing events, the World Cup of Cards will feature a full range of poker variations, all managed by what has been called the best tournament poker room in the world: Playground Poker Club.

Playground Poker Club is Canada’s premier poker destination, conveniently located just minutes south of downtown Montreal in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake. Built For Players By Players, Playground Poker Club offers unmatched cash game action 24/7 plus a great weekly tournament schedule.

For more information about the Card Player Poker Tour, click here.

Photo and info courtesy of World Cup of Cards blog.