Gatineau, QC (November 20, 2013) — Day 1 is complete in the Casino Lac-Leamy Main Event and 185 hopefuls are left to battle it out for gold.

Everyone eying the overnight chip lead looked at a daunting task as Francine ‘Coko’ Cousineau bagged up 103,000 after Day 1A. It was a close call but in the end it’s Jason Sagle who closed out with 106,000 chips. Sagle had a terrific day and he leads all survivors on Day 2.

Sagle is no stranger to big poker tournaments as the Copper Cliff, Ontario resident notched up his first tournament result back in 1997. Sagle was also a witness to one of poker’s most historic events as he finished 23rd in the 2004 WSOP Main Event. Sagle’s biggest result though, came in 2006 in a WPT Niagara Falls event for $676,107.

Canadian bracelet winner Charles Sylvestre also had a great showing on Day 1C as he ended the day with 90,500. Sylvestre won a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event this past summer for $491,360 and he looks to get his first cash on home soil this week. Sylvestre played a lot of pots throughout the day and couldn’t be stopped. Near the end of the day Sylvestre flopped a set of jacks and got value on all three streets. On the river Sylvestre put his opponent all in who called with a worse hand.

Among the notables on Day 1C we saw Yann Dion and Erik Cajelais who already played on Day 1A. This time the latter managed to survive with 34,000 chips and we will see the WSOP Europe bracelet winner back on Day 2. Montreal based Carla Sabini, who’s on quite the tear lately with a big High Roller cash in London last month for $213,000, had a day filled with swings and eventually she bagged up a very healthy 75,200-chip stack.

On Day 1A we saw plenty big name pros show up ready to play. Mike Leah made it through with 62,300 and two latecomers, Mike McDonald and Pratyush Buddiga, finished with 45,100 and 37,900 after only playing for three hours.

Canadian Scott Montgomery, who won a bracelet in 2010 and made the WSOP Main Event final table in 2008, also made it into Day 2 using just one bullet and he comes back tomorrow with 37,700. Things didn’t go so well for Matt Marafioti who played both Day 1A and C and both times he was knocked out before the day was done.

All players who used one entry and were knocked out on Day 1C, new entrants and players who decided to take a day off after busting Day 1A have until the end of the second level tomorrow to still buy in for this event.

Make sure to check back in with us tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. local time as we will bring you all the live updates from the Casino Lac Leamy World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event.

Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts:

1. Jason Sagle - 106,000
2. Francine Cousineau - 103,000
3. Andrej Markovinovic - 97,500
4. Tam Ho - 91,200
5. Charles Sylvestre - 90,500
6. Ronald Wong - 80,800
7. Samuel Gagnon - 77,000
8. Eric Jean Bradley - 76,600
9. Younan Beddaoui - 76,100
10. Carla Sabini - 75,200

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