The Weekly Review: A Ring Won in Regina and a Bracelet in Vegas
This week for your TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) segment on our website, we catch you up on the Main Event at Casino Regina’s 2017 Diamond Poker Classic, all the Sunday online majors, all the movers and shakers in the GPI this week, and, of course, how Canadians fared in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) so far.
Here is your Weekly Review for June 11 to 17, 2017:
Doug McGinnis Adds His Name to the Diamond Poker Classic Banner
The 2017 Diamond Poker classic took place from Wednesday June 6 to Saturday June 10 from Casino Regina in with the $1,100 Main Event on June 10. The Main Event saw 106 entries creating a prize pool worth $106,000 with a first-place prize of $28,644 along with the added bonus of a Diamond Poker Classic trophy ring and their name added to the Diamond Poker Classic banner that hangs from the rafters of the Showroom Lounge in Casino Regina. The tournament staff decided to give the players more play by increasing the originally scheduled 15,000 starting stack to 20,000. While the first-place prize got $28,644, an 11th-place min-cash meant that player received $3,303.
After a day that lasted more than 17 hours and the event ending at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, the tournament came down to Joe Ranalli and Doug McGinnis. After the last card was dealt, it was McGinnis that got the better of Ranalli in the heads-up battle that saw the lead change several times with both players coming from behind in hands where they were at risk to win the pot. McGinnis won $28,644, a Diamond Poker Classic ring, and his name on the Diamond Poker Classic banner.
WSOP Recap – Days 12 to 17
Here are some of the top stories from the WSOP this past week, including Canada’s first bracelet.
Event #18: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
There was a total of $3,186 entries, creating the largest PLO tournament ever in poker history. America’s Tyler Smith ended up the victor, earning $244,344 along with his first WSOP bracelet.
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker
The poker world's newest millionaire is a Canadian! Quebec’s Pablo Mariz came out on top of a total field of 7,761, winning $1,221,407. Coming off of runner-up finish in the $1,000 Tag Team event earlier in the series, Mariz is adding to his fast-growing poker resume by the week and has given Canada their first bracelet at the 2017 WSOP. With his bracelet win in the Millionaire Maker and runner-up finish in the Tag Team event, Mariz now sits in pole position of the 2017 WSOP POY race.
Event #21: $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed
There were 472 people who bought into the $1,500 8-Game Mix event, which created a prize pool of $637,200. Ron Ware from Las Vegas ended up the last player standing in this event, receiving $145,577 for the victory along with his first bracelet.
Christopher Kruk and Daniel Negreanu were the top Canadians in the event. finishing in 14th and 15th. respectively. Both received $5,975 for their finish.
Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
‘Angry’ John Monnette outlasted a field of 92 players for the $256,610 first-place prize along with his third WSOP bracelet.
Mike Leah ended up making the final table of this event to be the top finishing Canadian, but bowed out in seventh place for $31,903.
Event #23: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em – The Marathon
The Marathon was one of the new events featured at the WSOP this year with a weird buy-in and a starting stack of $26,200 (the length of a marathon) that also featured 100-minute levels. Venezuela’s Joseph Di Rosa outlasted a field of 1,759 to capture his first WSOP bracelet along with $690,469. This is also the country’s first-ever WSOP bracelet.
Bill Germanis was the top Canadian finishing in 12th for $42,234.
Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
Canada’s Shane Fumerton made the final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event this year at the WSOP. A total of 616 players entered the tournament, creating a total prize pool worth $831,600. Shane Buchwald ended up the winner, collecting $177,985 while Fumerton bowed out in fourth for $53,102.
Event #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
The $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event generated 1,058 total entries and a total prize pool of $952,200. America’s Tyler Broth ended up with his first WSOP cash along with his first WSOP gold bracelet and $179,126 for the victory.
Jia Mai from Vancouver was the top Canadian, finishing in 43rd place for $3,571.
Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship
James Obst outlasted a field of 97 entries and a $911,800 for his first WSOP gold bracelet along with $265,138.
No Canadians ended up cashing in this event.
Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
More legroom at the table was to be had in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event. Online crusher Chris Moorman ended up defeating a total field of 959 en route to collecting his first WSOP bracelet and $498,682.
Mark Radoja was the top Canadian, finishing in 35th for $11,669.
Event #28: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
Vancouver native Dean Kerl made the final table but eventually ended the dream of getting a WSOP gold bracelet when he was eliminated in fifth place for $19,482. Brian Brubaker was the one who collected the gold bracelet in this event which attracted 326 player. Brubaker received $109,967 for the victory.
Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
There are still 30 players remaining in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event which attracted 1,086 entrants and a total prize pool of $2,443,500. The winner is set to receive $456,822 and a gold bracelet. Eddy Sabat leads the field after the second day of play.
Canada’s Eric Cloutier still has a chip stack and sits in 24 of 30 going into the last day of play.
Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Daniel Negreanu bagged the chip lead with 15 players remaining after the second day of play as he looks to add his seventh WSOP bracelet to his resume. Negreanu, with already a second- and third-place finish in this year’s WSOP, finished the day with 1,213,000 in chips, 457,000 more chips then Scott Bohlman who finished the day with the second-highest chip stack.
A total of 150 players entered the event to create a prize pool of $1,410,000. The winner will get $383,208 for the victory.
Event #31: $1,000 Seniors Event – No-Limit Hold’em
The seniors event generated a record-breaking field of 5,389, creating a prize pool of $4,850,100. The winner will receive $617,303 for the victory along with the WSOP gold bracelet.
Merville, B.C. native Martinus Kaspers ended the among the chip leaders finishing third in chips with 157,300. American Kevin Dowling ended the day as the chip leader with 160,800.
Event #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix ended with 688 entries creating a prize pool of $928,800. The winner is set to win 194,323 along with a gold WSOP bracelet.
American Daniel Zack ended the day as the chip leader, bagging 92,375 in chips while the top Canadian to bag chips was Danny Scott from Ridgetown, ON who finished the day with 29,000 in chips.
- WSOP Day 12: Patrick Serda Bags Big in Millionaire Maker
- WSOP Day 13: Mike Leah Contending for 2-7 Single Draw Bracelet
- WSOP Day 14: Canadians Advance in Every Event
- WSOP Day 15: Canada's First Gold of 2017
- WSOP DAY 16: Obst Wins First Bracelet, Germanis and Bicknell Running Marathon
- WSOP Day 17: Negreanu Leads Championship H.O.R.S.E. Race
Andrew ‘achen’ Chen Wins the Super-Sized Sunday on PokerStars
Andrew Chen ended up winning the $700 buy-in Super-Sized Sunday event for more than $60,000.
Canada’s “TorTor2012” also ended up victorious in the Heavyweight: Main Event on partypoker where he beat a total field of 1,503 for $25,400.70.
For the full results and breakdown of how Canadians fared on Sunday please visit the article linked below.
Canadian GPI Rankings Remain Unchanged as Thomas Taylor added to GPI Top 300
The GPI top 10 Canadians list and 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year list remained unchanged from last week with Ari Engel topping both lists.
Engel did slip one spot in the overall 2017 GPI Player of the Year race to fourth place, being passed by Sergio Aldo. Dvoress remained in fifth place while American Bryn Kenney holds onto the top spot.
Canada’s Thomas Taylor added his name to the GPI top 300, coming in this week in 270th place.