Canadians continue to crush big tournaments worldwide
Canadians have won 3 of the first 8 bracelets awarded at this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
- Michael Malm of Mississauga Ontario won $225,104 after three grueling days of mixed game play against a star-studded field in WSOP event #8. Mixed game events are coveted by pros because players are required to display a wide,
complete skill set in order to win at all the different games. Last year's runner up in this event, Greg 'FBT' Mueller of White Rock BC, almost exacted revenge but finished in 3rd place and will have to settle for an $89,000 consolation prize.
- Prince Edward Island resident Benny Chen won the inaugural $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" tournament for nearly $1.2 Million.
- Earlier in the week, Canadian Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre of St-Bruno Quebec defeated 3,163 players to win Canada's first WSOP 2013 bracelet and $491,360. He recorded a six-figure score during PokerStars' recent Spring Championships of Online Poker and decided to make a 10-day trip to Vegas accompanied by 2010 WSOP main event champion Jonathan Duhamel.
Duhamel leads Inaugural Ultra High Stakes Event in Macau - 125 buy-ins @ $130,000 apiece!
After celebrating Sylvestre's win, Canadian WSOP champ Duhamel flew to rep PokerStars at their new branded room at the City of Dreams resort casino in Macau. He currently sits in 1st place after day 1. 71 players paid the HK$1,000,000 (Approx. US$130,000) buy-in. With 54 total rebuys, which meant the prize pool weighed in at a massive HK$119,375,000 (US$15,403,226), 1st pays over $4.4 Million! That makes the GDAM Main Event the second largest tournament prize pool ever outside of Las Vegas.