Ari Engel Charges to lead in the 2015 WPT Canadian Spring Championship on Day 2 and the field is left with 45

World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship of 2015 had a quick Day 2 and after eight levels of play the field of 151 poker players was reduced to 45 and in the money. The event was conducted on Sunday at the Playground Poker Club situated in Montreal, Quebec.

Mike Leah was on the lead with big chip count and it took not much time to lose the advantage as he lost to Nicholas Palma with a huge pot against the opponent’s set of aces. The lost the rest when he shoved of a flush draw against the pocket aces of Kevin Singh and finally failing to make the cut. The lead was then grabbed by EricAfriat, the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Champion; however the day was hogged by Ari Engel.

Engel has been knocking down minor leagues of poker for several years with wins from World Series of Poker Circuit and also a title from Heartland Poker Tour but has been unable to win a truly major event. He took one step closer today to a WPT win, and also became the only player to build a $1-million chip count while constructing notable lead.

Ari Engel collected a chip count of 1,014,000, followed by Trevor Delaney with 804,000 and Eric Afriat with 570,000 on the Day 2. You can only count Trevor Delaney as close opponent, who on his way knocked out Daniel Leduc with a miracle river car on the bubble. At the end of the day the contenders remained included Afriat, Palma, Singh, and Jonathan Karamalikis, while players like Mike Leah, Scott Montgomery, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin and Matt Marafioti joined the rails.

Day 3 will see the return of 45 survivors to the Playground Poker Club on Monday and play will start at 12 PM local time. The first prize at stack is $237,390 and a minimum of $6,330 cash is guaranteed. The PokerNews Live Reporting crew will be there to cover the action from starting to finish, so as keeping you hooked to the tables.


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