With the customary command – “Shuffle up and deal” – the tournament director has kicked off the action in today’s Day 1A of the Canadian Poker Championships. There are 64 players seated to start the day including 49 Phase 1 qualifiers, and registration will continue all day so the numbers are likely to increase throughout the 9 levels of play.
A note about the button ante – one feature of this format is that when tables are short-handed, instead of using the big blind amount for the ante, the small blind amount is used, Because the 49 Phase 1 players had to be distributed around the room and not concentrated together, to start today most tables are short-handed and thus the small blind amount will be in place. This will change to the normal amount as the tournament tables fill up.
Good luck again to everyone!