The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event continued on Saturday at the Rio in Las Vegas for Day 4 of the most prestigious tournament in the world. More than 6,400 people paid the $10,000 buy-in when the action began earlier in the week, and 661 players returned on Saturday with a prize already locked up.
All of the players who returned couldn’t do worse than $15,000 for a payout, but were only 13 eliminations away from a pay-jump to $17,282. Of course, play went well past that, ending for the day with just 237 players remaining, which is in the pay bracket where players were collecting $34,157 for their elimination.
The Main Event was highlighted by two guarantees this year. The first was that 1,000 players would earn a prize, flattening the payout structure significantly and allowing many more people to scoop up a min-cash for bragging rights.
The second guarantee was that all of the nine final-tablists would be guaranteed a prize of at least $1 million. When the final nine are determined later this week, they will pause for a few months before resuming play in November to be broadcast live on televisions around the world. The least any of those nine players can earn is $1,001,020 while first place holds the allure of a place in history, the title, the WSOP gold bracelet, and $7,680,021.
Canadians have done well at the Main Event in the past, though only one has ever won it outright. Jonathan Duhamel did so in 2010. But there have been several others to have found a spot on the November Nine roster, and there are still several names to watch for as we edge closer and closer to that final table this year.
When Saturday’s Day 4 began, there were 39 Canadians still in contention, and when the day concluded, 10 of them were still holding chips. The top three Canadian stacks are all names that any self-respecting Canadian poker fan will know, and any of them could easily make their way to a spot at the table in November.
Jonas Mackoff leads the Canadian contingent — a player from Vancouver, B.C. that usually plays a pretty busy WSOP schedule, but is even better known for his domination of online tournaments under the name 'donut604' where he has cashed for more than $2.5 million. For these reasons, he was selected as one of eight Canadians to watch this summer in an earlier article, and he’s living up to the promise we saw in him.
Also from Vancouver, Matt Jarvis is the second-best Canadian after Day 4. He led his countrymen two days running prior to Day 4, and continued to show he is comfortable and playing strong by bagging another big stack. Jarvis made his November Nine appearance in 2010, the same year fellow Canadian Jonathan Duhamel won it all, and he could be up for a repeat performance this year.
Third in the Canadian stacks is a man who needs no introduction, but in summary, Daniel Negreanu is one of the best players of all time and has won more money playing live poker tournaments than anyone in the world, ever. He’s won six WSOP events in his career and finished second seven times. He is a Poker Hall of Famer and is the only player to have ever won the WSOP Player of the Year twice. Global Poker Index even named him as Player of the Decade. He was another name on our list of Canadians to watch this summer. Negreanu is due for a November Nine appearance, and this could be the year.
Here are the 10 Canadians who will return for Day 5:
Saturday was the end of the road for a number of Canadians. The best result came from Thomas Popov for being the third-last player eliminated late in the day. Here are all of the players from our nation who collected their prize on Saturday:
|240||Thomas Popov||$34,157||246||Scott Montgomery||$34,157||257||David Ormsby||$34,157|
|264||Peter Raimondi||$34,157||305||Marc-Etienne McLaughlin||$29,329||321||Hamza Firdawcy||$29,329|
|347||Khoa Nguyen||$29,329||352||Gareth Struivig De Groot||$24,622||354||Jeff Hakim||$24,622|
|371||Adam Hui||$24,622||378||James Hawley||$24,622||383||Joe Lu||$24,622|
|385||Andre Barrett||$24,622||406||Ping Lin||$24,622||409||Buck Ramsay||$24,622|
|418||Thomas Taylor||$21,786||420||Michael Forycki||$21,786||432||Dustin Centanni||$21,786|
|459||Chanracy Khun||$21,786||519||Ricky Chow||$$19,500||547||Charles Sylvestre||$19,500|
|553||Miguel Proulx||$17,282||556||Jacob Kipfer||$17,282||565||Jonathan Duhamel||$17,282|
|578||Angie Gelinas||$17,282||615||Gylbert Drolet||$17,282||636||Sonu Sharma||$17,282|
|638||Ryan Smith||$17,282||641||Ren Heo Zhang||$17,282||654||Armin Ojani||$15,000|
Day 4 was also the last day for other notables like George Danzer (280th — $34,157), Joe Hachem (298th — $29,329), Andre Akkari (310th — $29,329), Phil Laak (412th — $24,622), Phil Hellmuth (417th — $21,786), Ryan Riess (426th — $21,786), JC Tran (434th — $21,786), Mukul Pahuja (457th — $21,786), and Davidi Kitai (625th — $17,282).
Among those returning to the tables on Sunday for Day 5 is Joseph McKeehen with the chip lead, holding 3,122,000. Upeshka De Silva will be the only other player beginning the day with more than three million, and several other big names to return are Brian Hastings (2,464,000), Justin Bonomo (1,350,000), Jared Jaffee (1,248,000), Matt Waxman (1,084,000), Matt Glantz (802,000), Jake Cody (764,000), and Antonio Esfandiari (195,000).
Play is set to resume at noon on Sunday for the 237 players holding chips, and the payouts should reach the six-digit mark before the day ends with all players finishing better than 63rd earning at least $113,764. Check back with PokerNews Canada again for a recap of the day with our focus set on the Canadian contingent.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.