WSOP Day 14: Canadians Advance in Every Event

2017 WSOP

The first two weeks of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) are in the books and Canadians are still hunting for their first bracelet of the summer. Here’s a look at the series after Day 14:

Leah Takes 7th in $10K 2-7 Single Draw Championship; Monnette Wins

John Monnette
John Monnette

The final day of Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Single Draw Championship resumed play with just eight contenders remaining. Among them was Canada’s mixed-game beast, Mike Leah, looking to claim the first Canadian gold bracelet of the series.

Leah got it all in with {9-}{6-}{5-}{4-} and was drawing live to his opponent’s pat {9-}{7-}{6-}{4-}{2-}, but couldn’t hit the draw, receiving a {k-} to find himself eliminated in seventh place for $31,903.

Ultimately, American John Monnette found the win, collecting his third bracelet and $256,610.

Mariz Makes Millionaire Maker Final Day

Pablo Mariz
Pablo Mariz

Just 14 players remain in Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker where the winner is promised an astounding $1,221,407. The day began with 136 players and they quickly exited the tournament one by one, collecting their payout.

On Wednesday, the final day of the tournament, American Ralph Perry will return with the chip lead (7,765,000), but one Canadian is still on contention. Pablo Mariz, who already finished runner-up in an event this series, will return with 2,050,000 chips.

Canadian Thomas Lefort also made a deep run in this event, but he finished in 22nd place for $43,123 late in the day on Tuesday. Harsukhpaul Sangha (50th — $23,013), Thomas Taylor (55th — $18,950), Gregory Katayama (91st — $9,409), Navid Mohabaty-Doost (117th — $8,054), Ronald Gesmundo (124th — $8,054), Shawn Buchanan (125th — $8,054), and Krzysztof Tarapata (131st — $8,054) also collected cash on Tuesday to bring home to Canada.

Bicknell and Leah Advance in The Marathon

Kristen Bicknell
Kristen Bicknell

The second day of Event #23: The Marathon - $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em is in the books with 268 players returning for Day 3 on Wednesday. Leading the pack is American Maurice Hawkins with a substantial lead of 920,000 over second-best stack 618,000.

Canada’s Bill Germanis had the most chips from our country, bagging 300,500. Kristen Bicknell also had a good day, counting out a total of 230,500 to carry forward. Joshua Herman (177,000), Mike Leah (148,000), Aladin Reskallah (42,500), and Darren Johnson (11,100) are also still in the running.

Fumerton Makes Final Day of $1,500 Limit Hold’em

Shane Fumerton
Shane Fumerton

Also in action on Tuesday was Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold’em where 132 players returned to the tables. By the end of the day, just 15 remained. American Nancy Nguyen leads the field with 574,000, but one Canadian remains in Shane Fumerton who’s sixth-best at 341,000.

Canadian cashes from Tuesday were made by Carmen Fung (31st — $4,074), Sam Chau (47th — $3,080), William Tait (57th — $2,765), and Tyler Bonkowski (93rd — $2,246).

Mai Bags Big Stack in $1K PLO

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One of the two events that kicked off on Tuesday was Event #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. The tournament received 1,058 entries and played through the money bubble before the day ended with 102 players remaining.

American Casey Carroll finished the day on top with 210,800, but Canada’s Jia Mai was No. 2 with 168,000. Making the money for Canada was Jonathan Cohen (125th — $1,579) and Calen McNeil (156th — $1,501).

Watson Gets Good Start in $10K Razz Championship

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

The other event to get underway on Tuesday was Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship. The tournament received 97 entries and, after 10 one-hour levels, was down to 38 when play stopped for the night.

At the top of the counts is American Frank Kassela with 364,500 chips while Canada’s best contender is Mike Watson with 190,000 as the eighth-best stack. Mike Leah also finished the day with 128,000 while Daniel Negreanu entered the tournament but was eliminated.

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