Canadian pro Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah has done his chances of adding a World Poker Tour title to the World Series of Poker bracelet he won earlier this year no harm at all after topping the Day 1b chip counts in the 2014 partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event.

Leah was one of 209 entries for the penultimate starting flight, of which only 87 managed to stamp their Day 2 ticket for November 23. Leah was fast out of the blocks and was the chip leader at the dinner break, meaning he won a pair of Monster DNA headphones. The popular pro banked a second pair of headphones thanks to topping the chip counts once the curtain came down on proceedings.

Part of the reason for Leah’s massive stack was a real cooler of a hand that went his way. It was a three-way all in involving Leah and his versus the of Rayan Chamas and the of Domenico Scalamonga.

It looked like Chamas was going to scoop a huge pout until the board ran to gift the pot the Leah and push him to the top of the chip counts.

Mark Darner

Mark Darner progressed to Day 2 with a healthy stack

In addition to Leah, some of the more notable players to progress from Day 1b include Jonathan Jaffe (173,000), Mark Darner (162,700), Christian Harder (140,200), the vocal Maurice Hawkins (114,600), Brandon Steven (104,700), Day 1a bustee Todd Terry (100,000), Champions Club member Andrew Frankenberger (97,900), Byron Kaverman (70,400), Scotland’s Niall Farrell (69,200), Jason Mercier (66,100), Mike “Timex” McDonald (46,200), Matt Marafioti (42,100), and Lucas Greenwood (26,900).

While plenty of big names progressed to Day 2, some need to take another shot on Day 1c if they want to join them. The likes of Will “The Thrill” Failla, Curt Kohlberg, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Dan Kelly, Chanracy Khun and Antonio Esfandiari busted at various points of the day.

Mike Leah

Mike Leah sporting his new Monster Headphones

2014 partypoker WPT Montreal Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Chips
1 Mike Leah 297,000
2 Alim Perales 189,500
3 Sheraz Nasir 179,900
4 Jonathan Jaffe 173,000
5 Mark Darner 162,700
6 Harut Arutyunyan 154,700
7 Maduka Meragal 145,100
8 Christian Harder 140,200
9 David Williams 139,000
10 Max Greenwood 135,100

Day 1c, the final starting flight, commenced at 11:00 local time and will see the say 10 levels completed before the tournament director calls time. Will anyone be able to match the giant stack of Leah or that of Day 1a leader Scott Clements? We don’t have long to wait to find out.

Royal Flush Girls

The Royal Flush Girls, Champions Cup and the WPT Montreal winner’s belt.

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