It was a scorcher outside the Fallsview Resort and Casino on the shores of the Niagara River as the Canucks celebrated their Thanksgiving on Monday, with temperatures hovering around the 23°C mark (73°F) as action got under way at noon ET in the casino's Grand Hall.
Inside, however, the intensity of the air conditioning was equaled only by that of the bad beats being dispensed, with seemingly every elimination in the first few levels of play involving one hapless rounder getting all of his money in good, only to be viciously sucked-out-upon by a rival with a lesser hand.
A total of 275 players returned to action on Day 2 of the NAPC after the three first days carved the initial deadwood from a starting field that amounted to 454 souls. Leading the pack into action on Thanksgiving Monday was Jamie "Chronic420" Rosen, who managed to amass a tasty $196,300 payout structure for the current event, following a lengthy vetting process by the Fallsview Casino's accounting department, as required by Ontario gaming laws.
The structure was released just before the end of play on Monday and the gory details are as follows: of the 454 entrants who took part in this poker extravaganza, 45 will be paid. Initial payouts will start at $17,498 and increase from there, with the top seven finishers taking home at least six figures' worth of loonies and toonies.
First prize amounts to a delicious $1,224,852 CDN, which translates into $1,077,707 in American funds. It's a drop from the $1,361,274 CDN that Matt Stout, Steve Paul-Ambrose, Shawn Buchanan and Darus Suharto.
All of the above and their lesser well-known compatriots will return on Tuesday at noon ET to continue the action. We'll play down through the money and presumably quit at either 27 or 18 finalists, although nothing has been made public as of yet.
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