The Weekly Review: WSOP and Diamond Poker Classic Highlight Busy Week

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With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in full flight and a live poker tournament series happening in Regina, Saskatchewan, there was a lot happening in the world of poker as it relates to Canadians.

Here is your weekly review for June 4 to June 10, 2017:

WSOP Recap: Close Calls For Canadians at Final Tables

Here are some of the top highlights from this past week at the WSOP:

Event #5: $565 No-Limit Hold’em - Collossus III

The Collossus returned to the WSOP and, with over 18,000 entries, there were lots of Canadians in the field. No Canadians made the final table but Jason Sorichetti was the top Canadian in the field finishing in 49th place for $15,956.

Event #6: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop

The biggest buy-in event at this year’s WSOP wrapped up seeing 130 entries put up the $111,111 buy-in. There was a Canadian in the hunt at the final table vying for a bracelet along with $3.6 million for the winner.

Haralabos Voulgaris was the lone Canadian to cash the tournament. He came into the final table as one of the short stacks and laddered up to a fourth-place finish for a $1,158,883 payday.

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

With 154 entries, the lone Canadian to cash the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship was none other than "Kid Poker" himself, Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu not only cashed but made the final table, getting to heads up play against Las Vegas high stakes cash game grinder Abe Mosseri. The winner would receive $388,795 and a WSOP gold bracelet while the runner-up would get $240,290. The chip lead changed hands a couple times with Negreanu even having around 6 million of the 7.7 million chips in play. In the end, though, Mosseri denied Negreanu his seventh WSOP bracelet to capture his second.

Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em

There were a total of 843 entries (teams) that put up a total team entry of $1,000 for this bracelet event. The two-person team of Pablo Mariz and David Guay were the only Canadian team to make the final table. They ended up making it to heads-up play but were eventually denied a bracelet. They received a total of $93,074 for the team for the runner-up finish, eventually falling to the team of Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant from India.

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Diamond Poker Classic Recap

Three of the first four events at the 2017 Diamond Poker Classic have wrapped up at Casino Regina in Saskatchewan's capital this past week.

Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em

The kickoff event of this years’ Diamond Poker Classic was the $400 No-Limit Hold’em event which saw 120 entries to create a prize pool of $42,000. In the end, it was Mike Bajona outlasting Shannon Vargo to win the coveted Diamond Poker Classic ring along with $11,573. Vargo received $7,498 for the second-place finish.

Event #2: $600 No-Limit Hold’em

The second event at this years Diamond Poker classic was a $600 No-Limit Hold’em event. For this event, a total of 104 players came forth with the buy-in to create a total prize pool worth $56,160. Chase Johnston the player that ended up will all the chips in front of him, collecting a first-place prize of $15,617 and the ring while Daniel Lamb settled for the runner-up spot and $10,167

Event #3: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty

The penultimate event at this year's 2017 Diamond Poker Classic was the $800 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty event. For every knockout, a player received a $100 chip.

This year's event had a total field of 116 entries and prize pool of $71,920. The winner of this event would receive a whopping $19,820 while a 12th-place min-cash would see the player walk away with $1,994.

After 115 hands of heads-up play it was only John Ludwig and Sheldon Birkeland that remained. Ludwig, who earlier at the final table got down to three big blinds, managed to get the chip lead and ultimately the tournament victory, outlasting Birkeland in an 88-hand heads-up marathon for the top prize of $19,820.

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Global Poker Index Update: Engel Continues To Top All Categories

With the WSOP underway, you can expect to see the Canadian standings of certain GPI categories to change on a weekly or even daily basis this summer. With that said, Ari Engel continues to dominate the top of the Canadian lists.

Engel leads the list of overall GPI top 10 Canadians. He sits almost 800 points clear of Sam Greenwood. Jean-Pascal Savard enters the top 10 list in the No. 6 spot while Sorel Mizzi got bumped from the list with the addition of Savard.

Engel also narrowly holds onto the top spot for his fourth week in a row of the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race after relinquishing the lead four weeks ago to Daniel Dvoress who sits in second place.

Engel and Dvoress also hold onto their position in the global GPI 2017 Player of the Year race. Engel remained in third place while Dvoress held onto his fifth place position.

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