The Weekly Review: California Swing and Reality Television

Sorel Mizzi

We’re back with another recap of a crazy week of poker news which included some exciting scores on the virtual felt along with Sorel Mizzi making a couple of runs in two Main Events during the California Swing on the World Poker Tour. Here’s the week’s Canadian headlines recapped for you:

”jimboeheim” Leads Canadians On the Virtual Felt

It was a quiet week for Canadians on the virtual felt as “jimboeheim” came away with the weeks top cash on partypoker with a third-place finish in the Heavyweight: The Title Fight for $28,000.

“fishbones11” and “t54_is_a_fag” both final-tabled the Baby Whale on 888poker. In this $320 buy-in tournament, the latter had the best finish, placing in fourth for $8,736 while “fishbones11” finished in sixth for $4,641.

On PokerStars, two Canadians made the final table of the Sunday Kickoff. “xLizotte89” busted in eighth for $1,798.23 while “WalmartCNXN” fell one spot short of the victory, taking home $12,311.24.

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Mizzi the Only Canadian Cash at WPT Bay 101

The annual WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship wrapped up this past week. The event took place from March 6 to March 10 featuring a $7,500 buy-in along with a couple added quirks. The event features well known pros as “Shooting Stars” which places a $2,500 bounty on their heads for any player who knocks them out of the tournament. The end-of-day chip leader for both Day 1a and Day 1b collect a $10,000 bonus.

This tournament featured Canadians Daniel Negreanu, Ema Zajmovic, Matt Salsbeg, Mike Leah, Ari Engel, and Sorel Mizzi. Mizzi was the only one waving the Canadian flag that was able to bag chips at the end of either of the Day 1s. He ended up cashing in 49th place for $19,120.

Chino Rheem ended up making the final table and eyed his fourth WPT Main Event title. Rheem is currently tied with Darren Elias, Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Anthony Zinno for the most WPT wins at three apiece. Rheem would end up falling short of his fourth win, finishing in third place for $521,660.
In the end, it was Sam Panzica and Anthony Spinella getting heads up for the title. Panzica was able to outlast his opponent to have his name etched onto the WPT Champions trophy along with earning $1,373,000. Spinella took home $786,610 for his second-place finish.

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Kevin Martin to Enter the Big Brother Canada House Again

Team PokerStars Online member Kevin Martin burst onto the Twitch scene right before entering the Big Brother Canada house for Season 3 of the show. He is now getting a second shot at the $100,000 first prize as Season 5 of the show kicked off on March 15. Martin helped attract a wider audience to his Twitch stream after being on the show in Season 3.

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Daniel Dvoress Takes Top Spot in Canadian Player of the Year Race as Greenwood Falls to Fourth

Daniel Dvoress edged out Ari Engel for top spot in the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year Race. Dvoress shot up the rankings with his second-place finish in the $50,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championship Panama this past week. Ari Engel and Mike Leah also moved up the rankings to second and third while Luc Greenwood dropped from first to fourth.
Engel and Leah also remain first and second on the overall GPI top 10 Canadian list. This marks Engel’s 20th-straight week claiming the top honours in Canadian tournament poker.

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Mizzi Makes a Deep Run While Only Two Canadians Cash at WPT Rolling Thunder

The third and final stop on the California swing of the WPT has wrapped up this week which saw 421 total entries in the $3,500 buy-in event. After all the chips were won, it was Canadian Sorel Mizzi finishing as the runner-up, taking home $190,105. Ari Engel was the only other Canadian to cash the main event with a 49th-place finish for $5,862. Mizzi ended up busting to Mike Del Vecchio who walked away with the $284,638 first-place prize.
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