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2017 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup Of Cards: Malm Leads Heading Into Day 2

191 Players Turned Out For The $400,000 CAD Guarantee


A total of 191 entries were made in the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup of Cards $1,650 CAD buy-in $400,000 CAD guaranteed main event. A total of 115 entries turned out for day 1B of this event, with only 25 surviving to day 2.

A total of 43 players will return on Sunday, August 27 to play down to a final table. The top 24 finishers will make the money in this event, with those making the top eight all earning five-figure paydays, including $98,000 CAD for the eventual champion.

The overall chip leader heading into day 2 will be Michael Malm (pictured above) with 414,500. Malm, who played day 1B, has 140,000 more than his nearest competitor, day 1A leader Blake Tarbell. Other big stacks include Jonathan Marrie (267,000), Jake Labonte (248,000) and Jiachen Gong (226,000).

Samuel ChartierArguably the most accomplished player still in the field is Canadian poker pro Samuel Chartier (97,500). The 2009 World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Atlantic City main event winner has more than $2.7 million in career live earnings.

There were plenty of other notable players who played on day 1B but failed to survive to day 2, including two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, Natalia Breviglieri and 2017 WSOP main event 22nd-place finisher David Guay.

The remaining 43 players will return at noon on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into day 2:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Michael Malm 414,500
2 Blake Tarbell 274,500
3 Jonathan Marrie 267,000
4 Jake Labonte 248,000
5 Jiachen Gong 226,000
6 Gregory Hartwick 221,500
7 Paul Scott 211,000
8 Maxime Flibotte-Blanchard 201,000
9 Stuart Taylor 196,500
10 Andrej Markovinovic 187,500
11 Douglas Watson 185,500
12 Matthew Paplyk 177,000
13 Robert Laberge 175,000
14 Rong Xu 175,000
15 William Blais 169,000
16 Patrick Braga 156,500
17 Garrett Dansereau 145,500
18 David Baba 144,500
19 Thomas Lefort 141,000
20 Jean-Philippe Piquette 137,000
21 Tam Ho 126,500
22 Jonathan Cohen 121,500
23 Andrew Watt 113,000
24 Sammy Chao 112,000
25 Lucas Drolet 103,000
26 Samuel Chartier 97,500
27 Edouard Dupuis 85,000
28 Frederic Cossette 79,000
29 Michael Korovine 75,000
30 Louis Boutin 75,000
31 Patrick St-Onge 68,500
32 Thomas Cemm 68,500
33 Blaise Nigel Googoo 67,000
34 Tristan Bergeron 59,500
35 David Valcourt-Dube 57,000
36 Viken Artinian 54,500
37 Xuan Huy Phan 50,000
38 Michael Flanagan 48,000
39 Nathan Hall 48,000
40 Ha Van Nguyen 46,000
41 Brady Hinnegan 42,500
42 Steven Martin 38,500
43 Luc Bellerive 33,000

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.

Photos and info courtesy of World Cup of Cards blog.