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The WPT Montreal Main Event got off to a flying start on January 17 when 482 players exchanged $3,200 for 200,000 chips on Day 1A. The curtain came down on proceedings almost exactly 11-hours later and it was Germany’s Andrei Kriazhev who found themselves at the top of the chip counts.

WPT Montreal #01: Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Andrei Kriazhev Germany 4,739,179
2 Alexandros Kolonias Malta 4,121,611
3 Jakob Miegel Austria 3,810,847
4 Jorma Nuutinen Finland 3,704,376
5 Peter Mckiernan United Kingdom 3,225,898
6 Grayson Ramage Canada 3,057,403
7 Ottomar Ladva Estonia 2,968,016
8 Aliaksei Boika Belarus 2,839,608
9 Ryan Riess Canada 2,815,882
10 Enrico Camosci Mexico 2,738,267

Kriazhev bagged up a most impressive 4,739,179 chips at the close of play and has done their chances of becoming a World Poker Tour champion no harm at all. Kriazhev is an unknown quantity but one who cashed in a the €1,100 No Limit Hold’em Finale event at the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final at Barcelona. He’ll certainly become well known if he continues this form and wins the WPT Montreal Main Event.

Alexandros Kolonias (lead image), the former WSOP Europe Main Event champion, was the only other player to bag up more than four million chips, 4,121,611 to be exact. Kolonias has more than $3.7 million in live tournament winnings. He’s no slouch in the online poker world either, as is evident by him winning a Poker Masters Online event last April.

The rest of the top 10 Day 1A players read like a who’s who of the poker world. Finland’s Norma Nuutinen finished with 3,704,376 chips, enough for fourth place.

Grayson Ramage always performs well in our big events. He was the runner-up of the 2020 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event and collected $631,636. Now he’s on course for a deep run in the WPT Montreal Main Event now he’s armed with 3,057,403 chips.

Also in the top 10 at the close of play were former EPT champion Aliaksei Boika (2,839,608), former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (2,815,882), and Enrico Camosci (2,738,267).

They weren’t the only stellar names to punch their Day 2 tickets at the first attempt. Such luminaries as Christian Rudolph (2,197,702), Mark Radoja (2,082,454), Ole Schemion (1,630,711), Pablo Brito Silva (1,408,920), David Peters (871,721), Sam Grafton (674,500), Joao Simao (650,805), and Pim Gieles (234,508) made it through safely.

Team partypoker Falls By The Wayside

Patrick Leonard will be hoping for better luck on Day 1B

Day 1A didn’t exactly go to plan for some of our Team partypoker players. Isaac Haxton, Mikita Badziakouski, Patrick Leonard, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Kristen Bicknell, Matthew Staples, Jaime Staples, and Day Kotoviezy all busting out before play concluded.

All those who busted on Day 1A have another bite of the juicy cherry on January 24 when Day 1B kicks off. Cards are in the air from 19:05 GMT and it costs $3,200 to enter, unless you manage to win your way into it.

There’s another massive Mega Satellite at 15:30 GMT on January 24 where at least 50 x $3,200 seats are guaranteed to be won. The Mega Sat that ran on January 17 generated 56 seats and paid the 57th place finisher $839! Don’t forget that you can win your way into this huge satellite from only $0.01 via our WPT Montreal Centrolls.

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