Ladouceur, Pahuja Hunting WPT Montreal Title with 49 Left

Marc-Andre Ladouceur
Marc-Andre Ladouceur is looking strong in his hometown.

Maduka Meragal snagged the overnight chip lead on Day 2 of WPT Montreal but Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Mukul Pahuja are in hot pursuit.

The relatively unknown Meragal bagged 1.4 million chips while Ladouceur ended on 1.07 million and Pahuja finished with 1.02 million.

Just 49 players remain in the hunt for the $409,656 first-place prize pool with Antonio Esfandiari, Ryan Fee, Andy Frankenberger, Maurice Hawkins, Jonathan Jaffe, Sam Charter, Yann Dion and Toddy Terry punching their tickets to Day 3.

Kevin MacPhee also made it to Day 3, thanks to a strong last-minute surge. McPhee doubled with 6-6 over Pahuja’s T-T in one of the final hands of the evening to kick-start a run that saw him finish with 639,000 chips.

POY Leader Darren Elias Picks Up Another Cash

Darren Elias
WPT master Darren Elias continuous hot streak.

Bustouts started early on Day 2 and didn’t let up with Mike Leah, Brian Rast, Jeff Gross, Jason Mercier and Mike Watson busting well before the money.

Finally the money bubble burst on Day 2 with notables Mike McDonald, Xuan Liu, Scott Clements and Eliott Smith making the money.

Darren Elias, who became the first player to win back-to-back WPT titles this year with his performances at Caribbean, also picked up another cash in Montreal, which just solidifies his lead on WPT Player of the Year.

Action resumes today at 12 p.m. ET and the plan is to play all the way down to a final table. You can follow along via the WPT live updates.

Here are the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 2:

  • 1. Maduka Meragal - 1,423,000
  • 2. Marc-Andre Ladouceur - 1,071,000
  • 3. Mukul Pahuja - 1,024,000
  • 4. Phillip Hul - 909,000
  • 5. TJ Ulmer - 800,000
  • 6. Sheraz Nasier - 766,000
  • 7. Maurice Hawkins - 732,000
  • 8. Jonathan Jaffe - 698,000
  • 9. Kevin MacPhee - 639,000
  • 10. Nenad Slzgoric - 598,00
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