Day 1C of the Montreal Open brought out a huge field of players that made 272 entries to this multi-day event. With three of seven starting flights in the books, there have already been 567 entries and many, many more are sure to follow before Day 2 gets underway on Monday.
Today’s flight got off to a fast start, with over a hundred players ready and waiting for the opening announcement before the action started at noon. From there, a steady flow of runners made their way into the tournament hall to take part in the action throughout the afternoon. The large crowd and electric atmosphere put lots of chips in play early and often. These dynamics helped some players build huge stacks in the early levels and led to 43 re-entries. In predictable fashion, the field stabilized after the end of the re-entry period as the sprint out of the gate gave way to a steadier pace until the end of level 16. When play concluded, 71 players were able to advance stacks to Day 2.
The chip lead changed hands many times during this flight, as it took a stack of at least triple the chip average to hold the pole position. By the end of the sixteenth level of play, two players-Gagandeep Singh and Kalpesh Raichura- had over 10 million in chips bagged.
The Montreal Open continues tomorrow with Day 1E at noon and Day 1F at 5:00pm. There will also be a turbo starting flight on Monday at 10:00am that will wrap up in time for Day 2 at 3:30pm.
For the full list of Day 1 results, click here.