As 2015 comes to a close, we look back on the 10 most popular stories of the year on PokerNews Canada. It’s like a “Greatest Hits” album for Canadian poker in 2015. One by one, we count down the top stories of the year until New Year’s Eve.
The fifth most-popular story of the year provided a preview of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas with a prediction of eight bracelets coming home to Canada and featuring eight Canadians to watch at the 46th annual WSOP.
After bringing home nothing but a big goose egg in 2014, the bold prediction was that eight of the 68 events would be won by Canadian players. When action wrapped up for the summer, Canada made it halfway there, collecting four bracelets. They were won by Sam Greenwood, Dan Idema, Andre Boyer, and Jonathan Duhamel.
Another prediction was made in the No. 5 article of the year: Canada would field the second-most entries to WSOP events. This was a pretty safe bet and held true for yet another year, although Canadian attendance was down significantly in 2015, coming in at 4,871 total entries after fielding 6,045 in 2014.
One more prediction was that a Canadian would make the Main Event final table, but it was not to be this year when Daniel Negreanu was eliminated in dramatic fashion in 11th place — his second time finishing 11th in this tournament.
The article also named eight Canadian players to watch at the WSOP. They included Sorel Mizzi, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Leah, Sam Greenwood, Griffin Benger, Jonas Mackoff, Justin Oliver, and Calen McNeil. Greenwood did, indeed, win a bracelet, Negreanu was the final Canadian in the Main Event, and strong performances were put in by the other six players as well.