With the World Series of Poker in full flight, this Weekly Review is a very WSOP-centric recap. Even though there were no bracelets won by Canadians this week, there were plenty of final tables made. The GPI update is also included which showcases all the top tournament players in Canada.
Here is your Weekly Review for June 18 to June 24, 2017:
WSOP Recap – Days 18 to 24: Canadians Still Sitting On One Bracelet
It was another wild week at the WSOP but players from Canada still have only one victory, Pablo Mariz who won the Millionaire Maker for $1,221,407 earlier in the series.
Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
There were 1,086 entries who bought into the event to create a total prize pool of $2,443,500. Eric Cloutier ended up as the top Canadian, finishing in fifth for $103,957. The winner was American Gaurav Raina who collected $456,822 for the victory.
Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
A field of 150 entries chased one of the most coveted WSOP bracelets of the summer, creating a prize pool of $1,410,000. Canadian Daniel Negreanu held the chip lead during final table, but ended up finishing in sixth for $61,667. The winner was David Bach who collected his second WSOP bracelet of the summer and third of his career along with $383,208 for the victory.
Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Frank Maggio outlasted a record-breaking field of 5,389 to collect $617,303 along with his first WSOP bracelet. The top Canadian was Kam Low from Markham, Ontario, who finished 22nd for $20,890.
Event #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix
A total of 688 entries entered the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix tournament to create a prize pool of $928,800. Vladimir Schhemelev from Russia ended up winning the tournament for $193,484. The top Canadian was Ed Tobbellier from Edmonton who finished in 30th place for $4,752.
Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Austria native Christopher Frank ended up outlasting a field of 1,698 entries to win the tournament for his first WSOP bracelet, collecting $384,833. Top Canadian honours went to Noah Vaillancourt from Cowichan Bay, B.C., who made the final table and ended up bowing out in seventh place for $51,332.
Event #34: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
The Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship featured a $10,000 buy-in which saw 80 entries, creating a prize pool of $752,000. The victory went to Ben Yu who collected $232,738 and his second WSOP gold bracelet of his career. Both Mike Watson and Shawn Buchanan made the final table, finishing in fourth and fifth, respectively. Watson received $68,601 for the fourth-place finish while Buchanan received $48,854 for the fifth-place finish.
Event #35: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
This tournament called on all players 65 years of age or higher to enter and saw an astounding 1,720 entries to create a prize pool worth $1,548,000. In the end it was James Moore going back-to-back to collect his second bracelet in as many years in the event along with $259,230 for the victory. Jon Whitters from Victoria was the top Canadian, bowing out in 21st for $8,004.
Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
Nadar Kakhmoazov from Russia outlasted a field of 574 players and a total prize pool of $2,669,100 to collect his first WSOP bracelet and $580,338 for the victory. Mike Leah was the top Canadian, finishing in 17th place for $24,799.
Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Thomas Reynolds was the last player standing to collect $292,880 along with his first WSOP gold bracelet in a field of 2,020 and a total prize pool of $1,818,000. Reginald Hampton was the top Canadian in the field, making the final table but ending up finishing in third place for $131,061.
Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
Min-betting and raising two-card poker was the name of the game in this event which saw 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen pick up his second WSOP gold bracelet outlasting a field of 120 players. Terrence Chan and Sorel Mizzi were the two Canadians to make the final table. Chan ended up busting in eighth place for $32,443 while Mizzi was ousted in third to collect $135,985.
Event #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty
This event saw the blind levels decrease to 20 minutes along with the added bonus of every knockout earning players an automatic $300. A total of 1,868 players bought in which saw Sweeden native Rifat Palevic earn his first career WSOP bracelet along with $183,903. The top Canadian was Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia, native Alan Symonds who ended up finishing in 28th for $4,692.
Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better
American Ernest Bohn outlasted a field of 595 for a $173,228 payday while collecting his first WSOP gold bracelet. Mike Leah was the top Canadian in the field, finishing in 33rd place for $3,550.
Event #41: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
There were a total of 870 players which entered the four-card poker variant, creating a prize pool of $1,174,500. After the final card was dealt it was Loren Klein collecting $231,483 for the victory along with the bracelet. The top Canadian in this event was Aurora, Ontario, native James Morgan who finished in 40th place for $4,556.
Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship
There was added legroom for all players in this tournament with only six players per table. A tally of 332 players bought in, creating a prize pool of $3,120,800. Dmitry Yurasov from Russia was the eventual champion, collecting a first prize of $775,923 along with the gold bracelet. The top Canadian was Kristen Bicknell from Nepean, Ontario, who made the final table but was the first to bow out, finishing in sixth for $96,823.
Event #43: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
This event saw a total field of 1,025 entries and a total prize pool worth $1,383,750. After the second day of play, no Canadians were able to advance through their table. Twelve players remain as Tim West leads the field that includes Jonathan Little and Alex Rocha. The winner will receive $257,764 for the victory while everyone remaining in the field is guaranteed $16,844. The top Canadian was Scarborough, Ontario, native Michael Zigomanis
Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
This event saw 399 players buy in, chasing mixed-game glory, which created a total prize pool of $1,077,300. After the second day of play, only 18 players remain, including Marcus Mizzi, the brother of Sorel Mizzi, who sits in third place with 485,000. Alex Livingston is the other Canadian joining Mizzi in the end-of-day chip counts, sitting in 17th spot with 146,000.
Event $45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
After the first day of play, only 151 players remain from the original field of 830. This created a total prize pool of $1,120,000 and will see the eventual winner collect $223,339. Some Canadians able to survive the day were Kirk Steele (72,700), Scot Munro (44,600), and Raymond Muzyka (42,500).
- WSOP Day 18: Chris Kruk, Mike Watson Lead Canucks in 2-7 Championship
- WSOP Day 19: Canadians Make Up One-Third of $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Final Table
- WSOP Day 20: Negreanu Has Heaps in $10K Limit Championship
- WSOP Day 21: Multi-Tabling Mike Leah Cashes Three Events in One Day
- WSOP Day 22: Sorel Mizzi Takes Third in Limit Hold'em Championship
- WSOP Day 23: Bicknell Makes Final Day of $10K 6-Max Championship
- WSOP Day 24: Kristin Bicknell Gets Sixth in Six-Handed Championship
GPI Update: Negreanu Joins the Rankings
Ari Engel still holds the lead in Canada’s GPI overall top 10 Canadians ranking list, well ahead of second-place Sam Greenwood. This marks the 34th-straight week Engel has held the honour. Hot on their heels is the newly added Daniel Negreanu who moved all the way up to fifth on the list from being completely out of the top 10 the previous week with the help of his multiple final tables and deep runs at the WSOP.
Negreanu also added his name to the top 10 of the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race. Engel still holds on to his narrow lead over Daniel Dvoress with Negreanu joining the ranks in spot No. 7.
Engel and Dvoress also dropped to No. 6 and No. 8 respectively on the overall 2017 GPI Player of the Year rankings. The week before, they held the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, but were passed by Americans Koray Aldemir and David Peters who both had strong showings by each winning a $25,000 buy-in High Roller at the Aria.