It took 22 events for Canada to secure its first bracelet, but in a grueling three-day event that saw Sam Greenwood face down 1,914 challengers, Greenwood managed to secure not only his first personal bracelet, but also the first for a Canadian in 2015. It took 117 hands on the final table of Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em for Greenwood to capture the elusive prize.
Coming from perhaps the first family of poker in Canada, Greenwood has no shortage of experience at the WSOP. With 14 cashes to his name worth over $100,000, it was only a matter of time before he won his first bracelet. In fact, in a prediction before the WSOP began, PokerNews Canada's Editor named Greenwood as one of eight Canadians to watch who could bring home a bracelet this summer.
Greenwood came to the unofficial final table as the overwhelming chip leader with nearly 350,000 more than his next rival. Joining Greenwood at the table was Day 2 chip leader Jay Dragland. The unofficial final table was set with elimination of Angel Farrington, one of two women in the final 11, in 11th place for $18,234 in a classic race. Her queens were slightly ahead when the money went in against Robert Hsu's off-suit slick, but the king on the flop sealed her fate.
Genae Edington, the other woman in the final 11, was the one to burst the final-table bubble. After raising in the cutoff, Sean Rice went all in from the big blind, and she snap-called. Edington's big slick couldn't improve against Rice's pair of nines, and she collected $18,234 for 10th place.
Calgary, Alberta's Dragland had a solid run through this series, leading the Day 2 chip counts by a wide margin. Dragland's run for the bracelet would stall in ninth place however, when he ran his pair of nines into Cole Jackson's pair of tens, and couldn't improve. Dragland won $23,387 for his ninth-place finish.
The bracelet would come down to a heads-up battle between Greenwood and Jackson. Greenwood went into heads-up play with the slight chip lead after knocking out Ken Weinstein with a pair of aces, but Jackson would quickly take over the lead a few hands later. Greenwood raised his button and Jackson defended to see a flop of . Jackson check-called Greenwood's bet of 140,000 with the turn-card coming . Once again Jackson check-called Greenwood's bet of 270,000. On the river, Jackson check-called again, this time to a bet of 550,000 from Greenwood. When Greenwood showed he was surprised to be losing to Jackson's .
The pivotal hand for Greenwood came 10 hands later when Greenwood five-bet shoved his stack of 3.135 million putting himself at risk. Jackson called and it was a race with Greenwood holding the over cards to Jackson's pair of sizes. The king on the flop was all Greenwood needed to double up and take back the chip lead.
Greenwood wouldn't surrender the lead again, taking the tournament down a dozen hands later when he flopped trip sixes and Jackson was drawing dead by the turn. Jackson won $197,254 for his second-place finish and, in addition to his first gold bracelet, Greenwood pocketed $318,977.
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