The Weekly Review: Success by Elliot Smith, Ari Engel, Paul Brar, and "Shibonomo"
It was another big week in the poker world in Canada. A Canadian was crowned a PokerStars Championship winner, Ari Engel etched his name even deeper into poker lore, Paul Brar won DSPT Edmonton, and a Canadian even came in second place in the Sunday Million on PokerStars for over $120,000. Here’s a quick look at the week’s headlines:
Elliot Smith Crowned PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event Champion
Canadian Elliot Smith capped off the 11-day, 52- event festival by outlasting a field of 536 entries including Chinese local Tianyuan Tang heads-up in the PokerStars Macau Main Event to win HK$2,877,500.
Day 6 will go down in history as one of the longest heads-up battles in history when, after taking only two hours to get from a final table of six players to two, it took an additional 11 hours of heads-up play to finish the tournament after Tang and Smith made an even chop deal to both take home $2,577,000 HKD and played for the remaining $300,000 HKD.
Canada’s Avraham Oziel who qualified for the Main Event through a PokerStars Spin & Go managed to finish fourth in the tournament for $1,280,000 HKD.
There were many Canadians that made the long trek to Macau and made significant cashes at the festival. Timothy Adams finished fourth in Event #35, $206,000 HKD buy-in, which saw him receive $1,060,000 HKD.
Troy Quenneville, who is new on the scenes of high buy-in events in the live tournament circuit, managed a third-place finish in the $103,000 HKD PokerStars Championship High Roller for $1,800,000 HKD. Ryan Yu also cashed the event finishing in 10th place for $330,000 HKD.
Lastly, Sam Greenwood finished in fourth place in another high roller event which had a buy-in of $103,000 for $515,000.
- Elliot Smith Wins the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event
- Canada at PokerStars Championship Macau
Ari Engel Wins MSPT Potawatomi to Increase Lead in GPI Canadian POY Race
Ari Engel flew a bit under the radar this week on the felt compared to other events, but managed to increase his lead in the 2017 GPI 2017 Canadian Player of the Year when he won the MSPT Potawatomi Main Event. Timothy Adams managed to make some moves on the list by climbing from sixth to third on the list. Ryan Yu also shot up the board with a decent week in Macau moving from 10th on the list all the way up to fourth.
Engel also managed to climb four spots on the overall 2017 GPI Player of the Year race from sixth to second, riding close to current leader, American Bryn Kenney.
Sam Greenwood managed to move ahead of Mike Leah for second on the GPI Canadian overall list from third to second. Engel held onto the top spot of this list for the 24th week in a row.
Paul Brar Captures DSPT Edmonton Title, Winning $85K
The DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) made their return to Alberta with a visit to Casino Yellowhead, with eight events over an 11-day span.
The final event, the $1,100 Main Event, featured a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool and saw 455 entries once late registration closed, creating a total prize pool of $432,250.
Edmonton native Paul Brar managed to outlast the field including Michael DeGirolamo heads-up to take home $85,700 for first place. Brar also received a buy-in for the 2017 DSPT Championship for $3,000 USD that will take place at Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in California this December. DeGirolamo collected $60,100 for his second-place finish. Armardeep Randhawa (third — $38,655), Ryan Godson (fourth — $26,250), and Russ Meilunas (fifth — $20,170) round out the top five finishers.
Shibonomo Takes Second in Sunday Million for Over $120K
We can’t forget the virtual felt from the week that just past. There were many Sunday majors across the three major poker networks where Canadians were making a name for themselves.
“Shibonomo” managed to chop the Sunday Million on PokerStars heads-up and then finished second for $128,553.72.
“NeverScaredB” managed to top a field of 150 players in the pot-limit Omaha $1,050 Sunday Grand on PokerStars for $30,402.26.
The Heavyweight: The Title Fight on partypoker is a $215 buy-in and saw a total of 1,526 players pay to play the biggest guaranteed prize pool on partypoker of the day. Canada’s “rnbetterfish” outlasted “UrChipsAreYummy” after a heads-up deal to collect $44,493.43 and the title.
For the full Sunday Briefing to see how Canadians fared, visit the article linked below.