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Those of you who checked out out article on five players to watch at the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event will no doubt remember that we singled out Scott Clements for success in the $3,850 buy-in spectacular. It appears that Clements took note of our confidence in his ability and he ended Day 1a with a tournament leading stack of 266,500 chips.

Tony Dunst and the Royal Flush Girls

Tony Dunst and the Royal Flush Girls

A total of 133 players chose Thursday’s Day 1a as their starting flight and only 45 of those starters managed to navigate their way through the shark-infested waters at the Playground Poker Club. As usual, the atmosphere in the poker room was buzzing with excitement as some of world poker’s biggest names and most established stars took to the felt in an attempt to become a WPT champion.

Joining Clements at the right end of the leader board were the likes of Sam Chartier (200,300), Elliot Smith (197,600), Will Molson (185,400), Connor Drinan (155,400), Sam Greenwood (147,000), another of our five to watch Mukul Pahuja (144,200) and Shannon Shorr (127,400).

Yann Dion

Yann Dion sporting his new partypoker Monster Headphones

Also punching their Day 2 tickets were such luminaries as Yann Dion (114,100) who won a pair of Monster headphones for being the chip leader at the close of registration, Aaron Wilt (99,500), Ami Alibay (98,800), Jeff Gross (81,800), Tony Dunst (80,300), Darren Elias (77,000), Kevin MacPhee (71,700), Brian Rast (63,100), Eugene Katchalov (60,900), Mike “Sir Watts” Watson (52,300), and Kevin Stammen (14,400).

A special shout out has to go to Rudy Blondeau who was the only partypoker qualifier to progress to Day 2, ending the night with 32,400 chips in his stack.

2014 partypoker WPT Montreal End-of-Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Chips
1 Scott Clements 266,500
2 Sam Chartier 200,300
3 Elliot Smith 197,600
4 Will Molson 185,400
5 Connor Drinan 155,400
6 Ratharam Sivagnanam 149,200
7 Sam Greenwood 147,000
8 Mukul Pahuja 144,200
9 Gabriel Vezina 140,500
10 Shannon Shorr 127,400

Day 1b kicks off at 11:00 local time and should should a much larger crowd descend on the Playground Poker Club for the penultimate starting flight. Among the crowds should be some of the Day 1a casualties with Kara Scott, Byron Kaverman, Brian Yoon, Justin Oliver, Jeff Madsen, former WPT Montreal champion Jonathan Roy, Lee Markholt, Antonio Esfandiari, Todd Terry, and Pascal Lefrancois all expected to re-enter and take another bite at that juicy looking cherry!

Tune back into the partypoker blog on November 22 for a recap of the action from Day 1b of the partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event.

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