If the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event will be remembered for anything, then “Year of Canada” is the handle. Going into the final table today, three of the eight chairs will be filled by Canadians, including former EPT Champion Mike McDonald looking to be the first two-time EPT Champion ever. Rounding out the Canadians at the final table will be Pascal LeFrancois and Shyam Srinivasan.
In addition to the Maple-stacked final table, quite a few Canadians cashed the Main Event, including Allon Allison (my choice for best beard at 2014 PCA) in 15th, plus all three of the Greenwood brothers, putting them in a club previously made up of only the Mizrachi brothers.
McDonald starts the final table second in chips with just over 5.6 million, putting him in an ideal spot to repeat as EPT Champion. When he won his first title, he was the youngest ever EPT winner, so becoming the first ever repeat winner would make a nice addition to his already stellar poker career. Hailing from the Canadian poker hotbed of Waterloo, McDonald has been as close as any other to repeating at the EPT, with several other final table appearances in recent years.
McDonald’s main competition will come from chip leader Madis Muur with just over 6.2 million in chips and fellow Canadian Pascal LeFrancois with almost 5.6 million. LeFrancois comes to the final table with a WSOP Bracelet, a first place in a $3000 event in Montreal, and several other major final tables. The third Canadian to make the final eight, Shyam Srinivasan, comes in with a lot more work to do, sitting last in chips with just over 1.5 million. Srinivasan is less familiar on the live tournament circuit, but crushes cash games online. The final table is rounded out, in order of chips, by Dominik Panka, Fabian Ortiz, Isaac Baron, and Daniel Gamez.
However the final table plays out, 2014 has already been the year of Canada at the PCA Main Event. Don’t miss any of the action by watching the live stream on PokerNews.