Gross, a Baltimore-based pro and the high-profile roommate of Olympian Michael Phelps, is far and away the chip leader and the only player over 2 million in chips with 2,422,000.
An elite lineup of pros is chasing him as they head for the final table, though, with McDonald (1,598,000), Jason Koon (1,546,000) and Christian Harder (1,472,000) right behind him in the top four.
Pros Gavin Smith (1,247,000), Timothy Adams (1,095,000) and Amanda Musumeci (999,000) are also hovering around the 1-million-chip mark and look to move up today as they play down to the final six.
Famed ring announcer Bruce Buffer, high-stakes pro Ashton Griffin and tournament kingpin Dan Smith are also still alive.
Record Field Generates $779k First Prize
Timex: Eyes on the prize.
With the WPT heading to Montreal for the first time players were unsure of the turnout to expect but attendance smashed all expectations.
A record 1,173 players came out for the two Day 1 flights making it the biggest WPT event ever held in Canada by a long shot (The previous record was 504 players).
The official prize pool ballooned to $3,387,930 and made the top prize a massive $779,710.
Top prize also includes a $25,500 seat in the WPT World Championship in Las Vegas in May.
All six final-tablists will make six figures. Payouts listed below:
- 1 $779,710
- 2 $470,920
- 3 $317,450
- 4 $211,745
- 5 $146,360
- 6 $113,155
Day 3 play kicks off at noon ET and will go until a final six has been decided. Follow along live with the WPT Live Updates team here.
The top 10 in chips:
- Jeff Gross 2,422,000
- Mike McDonald 1,598,000
- Jason Koon 1,546,000
- Christian Harder 1,472,000
- Jonathan Roy 1,431,000
- Patrick Lelievre 1,401,000
- Peter Kaemmerlen 1,333,000
- Sylvain Siebert 1,325,000
- Gavin Smith 1,247,000
- Amichai Barer 1,235,000