With the end of Day 30, the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a full month old. Day 30 saw three Canadians advance to Day 2 in Omaha Hi-Lo, and a top-10 finish for another Canadian in hold'em. Two bracelets were awarded, and action continued in Omaha, stud, and hold'em events.
Florence Takes 10th in $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Canada's James Florence came into the final day of Event #52: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em second in chips, but had a rough Day 3. By the time the unofficial final table of 10 players was set, Florence was second from the bottom. He ended up bubbling the final table after getting his last 13 big blinds into the middle with pocket eights, only to find himself in serious trouble against the pocket nines of Mikhail Rudoy. Rudoy's bigger pair held and Florence had to settle for $21,928 and 10th place.
The bracelet fight came down to Mohsin Charania and Cary Katz after Charania knocked out Brandon Ageloff in third for $161,844. Charania had Katz out-chipped by nearly three to one when heads-up play began, and the dual was over within 11 hands. Katz was forced to settle for second place and $225,191 while Charania collected $364,438 in addition to his first bracelet.
Silver Takes Six-Handed Gold
Day 3 of Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed started with an unofficial final table of seven players, with Max Silver from the United Kingdom sitting on top of the pack. Silver was the only player to start the day with more than a million chips, and his closest competitor, Ayman Qutami, was more than 200,000 chips behind Silver.
Silver powered his way through the final day, and found himself heads up against Guowei Zhang with a massive chip lead. Silver started two-handed play with nearly 3 million chips, while Zhang had 900,000. Zhang was able to hold out for awhile, staying alive for more than two dozen hands, before finally falling to Silver. Zhang's second-place payday was $106,694, while Silver's first bracelet came along with $172,645.
Clements Leads After Two Days of $10K Pot-Limit Omaha
Six Canadians found their way into Day 2 of Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship, with Maxim Babko and Jaspal Brar starting the day as the top two Canadians. None of the Canadians who started Day 2 were still standing at the end, but Vancouver-residing American Scott Davies managed 51st place for a cash of $15,934.
Day 2 ended with just 39 players remaining in the hunt for the Championship. American Scott Clements leads the chip counts with 1,700,000. Michail Karapanos, Ben Lamb, and Ryan Miller all have more than one million chips, with John Racener just below that mark with 987,000. Other notables returning to play on Day 3 are Johnny Lodden, John Monnette, and Mike Gorodinsky.
Hickey Cashes Out on Day 2 of Stud, Tsong Lin Leads
Wesley Hickey started Day 2 of Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud in sixth place of 62 remaining as the only Canadian player to make it through Day 1. Hickey's Day 2 didn't go quite as well as his first day, however, ending his run in 21st place for a cash of $3,142.
Just seven players are left after the end of Day 2, with American Tsong Lin leading the way with 791,000. Yueqi Zhu from China bagged the second-biggest stack. Also in contention on Day 3 will be Tom Koral looking to nudge himself closer to $2M in lifetime earnings.
Watson Top Canuck, Barbero Leads in $5K No-Limit Hold'em After First Day
Day 1 of Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em drew 623 players to the felt but, by the end of 10 levels of play, just 248 players remained in contention. They'll be looking for one of 94 payouts with all eyes on the top prize of $618,285. Mike Watson leads five Canadians after one day of play, bagging a stack of 128,100, good for 18th place overall. He'll be joined on Day 2 by fellow Canucks Stephen Cartner, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Ari Engel, and Jean-Pascal Savard.
There's lots of competition for the Canadians on Day 2, with Argentinian veteran Nacho Barbero heading up the chip counts with 230,300, while David Coleman bagged the second-biggest stack with 205,200. Joining them in the hunt are notables like Juha Helppi, Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Little, and Nick Schulman.
Mammon Leads Canadians into Day 2 of $2,500 Hi-Lo Mix
When all the numbers were in, 405 players showed up to get in some split-pot action in Event #57: $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix. After a full day of play, 126 players were left in the mix, with three Canadians still fighting for the top prize of $215,902. A lot of work is left to do on Day 2 before the bubble, with just 61 spots paying out.
Joshua Mammon is the top dog among Canadians. He'll start Day 2 with 66,500 and will be joined by Thomas Taylor and Sorel Mizzi. The biggest stack at the end of Day 1 belongs to Larry Tull with David Matsumoto and Igor Sharaskin the only other players to crack the 100,000-chip mark. Other notables going to Day 2 include Josh Arieh, Alex Luneau, Jared Bleznick, Shaun Deeb, Matt Glantz, and Anthony Zinno.