A total field of 1,173 players signed up for the 2012 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event, which destroyed the old Canadian WPT record of 504 players. Day 1a, Day 1b and Day 2 are now in the books and there are only 45 players left when Day 3 kicks off tonight. The chip leader is Jeff Gross with 2,422,000 chips. Gross held over 2 million chips when he played one of the biggest pots of Day 2 to eliminate Josh Kimmel and get a stranglehold on the chip lead.
Notables such as Michael Mcdonald (1.59 million, 2nd place), Gavin Smith (1.2 million), Ashton Griffin (455k) and Dan Smith (306k) will join Gross at the tables today. All the remaining players are guarateed at least $12,535 each. The winner will take home $779,710 and become a part of Canadian WPT history.