Monday was Day 13 of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the tournament rooms at the Rio in Las Vegas were kept busy with five different events on. One came to a conclusion and awarded a bracelet.
Ware Wins $1,500 8-Game
For players with a broad knowledge of games, Event #21: $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed challenged entrants at a mix of poker variants. The day began with just the final 10 remaining and none of them were Canadian.
The win ultimately went to American Ron Ware for his first WSOP bracelet and $145,577 in prize money. His victories follows his third-place finish in the very same event last year!
Taylor Among Handful of Canadians Surviving Millionaire Maker Day 2
Promising more than $1 million to first place, Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker is a popular tournament of the series. On Monday, Day saw 1,187 players return out of the total 7,761 entries.
Players battled down through the money bubble and to just the top 136 players after the end of 10 one-hour levels of play. American Senovio Ramirez III topped the chip counts with 1,570,000 at the end of the day while the top Canadian was Harsukhpaul Sangha with 980,000 as the 10th-best stack. Thomas Lefort (530,000), Thomas Taylor (526,000), and Shawn Buchanan (266,000) are some of the other Canadians who will return on Tuesday for Day 3.
The best Canadian cash of the event so far went to Patrick Serda who had one of the best stacks when play resumed. He finished in 152nd place for $8,054.
Leah Makes 2-7 Single Draw Final Day
Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship played through another 10 one-hour levels on Monday for Day 2 of the tournament. The 30 players who began the day were whittled down to the final eight.
Leading the way is American John Monnete with 1,051,000 chips — far, far more than anyone else. The second-best stack of Darren Elias is just 637,500. In third is Canadian Mike Leah with 618,500, looking to become the first Canadian bracelet winner of the summer.
The money bubble burst when 14 players remained and one other Canadian was still in play at that point. Mike Watson finished in 11th place for $19,187.
Germanis Has Heaps in The Marathon
With a unique structure where players start with 26,200 chips and play 100-minute levels, Event #23: The Marathon - $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em began on Monday and 1,646 entries passed through registration. By the end of the day, just 806 players remained.
While American Rigoberto Rodriguez bagged the chip lead with 283,600 chips, Canada’s Bill Germanis finished with the fourth-best stack of 214,200. Joshua Herman (94,200), Sheraz Nasir (88,300), April Facey (83,400), Kyle Hartree (76,100), and Rahman Khakban (76,000) all finished with more than 70,000 in chips too. Many more Canadians also bagged smaller stacks.
Bonkowski is Back For Another Limit Hold’em Bracelet
For players who like playing with fixed betting, Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold’em offered a limit version of poker’s most popular game. The field grew to 616 players by the time registration closed, and 132 of them survived to play another day.
American Michael Reed topped the day with 111,600 chips, followed by countryman Jeff Thompson with 108,700 as the only two players to bag six figures.
Shane Fumerton finished with the largest Canadian stack (44,000), though Terrence Chan was close behind with 43,400. Fellow Canadians William Tait (25,300), Tyler Bonkowski (8,300), Carmen Fung (7,900), and Sam Chau (3,200) will also be back for Day 2 on Tuesday. Bonkowski is looking for his second bracelet after he won the $3,000 version of this event in 2011.