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WSOP Day 15: Canada's First Gold of 2017

Pablo Mariz

As the third week of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) gets going, two more bracelets were awarded, including Canada’s first, and five other tournaments were also in action.

Mariz the Millionaire Finds Canada’s First Bracelet

Pablo Mariz
Pablo Mariz and a friend

The first Canadian bracelet of the series has been won! Pablo Mariz came out on top of Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker to collect $1,221,407 and a shiny gold WSOP bracelet.

The Montrealer had less than $40,000 in lifetime cashes when he got to Vegas this summer, but this win is already his fourth cash of the series including a runner-up result in the $1,000 Tag Team where he very nearly won another bracelet! This puts him in the lead for the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race.

You can read our article of his win for more details.

Fumerton Falls in Fourth in $1,500 Limit Hold’em

Shane Fumerton
Shane Fumerton

Imagine playing your first-ever WSOP event and then winning it? That’s what American Shane Buchwald did on Wednesday in Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. He earned $177,985 and the not-so-elusive-in-his-case gold bracelet.

The final table was entirely made up of players who had never won a WSOP event before, including Canadian Shane Fumerton. After fighting hard for a second bracelet for our nation in the same day, Fumerton was ultimately eliminated in fourth place for $53,102.

Germanis and Bicknell Still Running the Marathon

Kristen Bicknell
Kristen Bicknell

Event #23: The Marathon - $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em is truly living up to its name. After a third day of play, there are still 56 players remaining while most tournaments with this many players are finished on Day 3.

The top of the counts are populated by some talented players. Americans Faraz Jaka (2,838,000), Maurice Hawkins (2,423,000), and John Phan (2,374,000) are the only players to tip past the 2-million mark.

Canadian Bill Germanis was the top stack from our country once again. He’ll return for Day 4 with 772,000. Kristen Bicknell (401,000) is the only other Canadian still in the running.

The day began with 258 players remaining. Throughout the day, Canadians Josh Wallace (126th — $5,369), Aladin Reskallah (198th — $4,275), Mike Leah (227th — $4,072), and Darren Johnson (240th — $3,934) all collected a payout.

Canadian Contingent Falls in Day 2 of $1K PLO

WSOP Cards

Day 2 of Event #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha reduced 102 players to just 11 over the course of 10 one-hour levels. Igor Sharaskin (1,470,000) leads the field and no Canadians remain.

The players from our nation all fell on Wednesday and collected their payout. They included Jia Mai (43rd — $3,571), Stephen Ladowsky (71st — $2,287), Vincent Lam (86th — $1,839), and Oskar Silow (102nd — $1,579).

Obst Leads Final 9 in $10K Razz Championship

James Obst
James Obst

No Canadians remain in Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship after Day 2 either. Mike Watson and Mike Leah were among the final 38 who began the day, but neither of them survived until the money, let alone the end of the day where just nine remained. Australian James Obst leads with 818,000 chips going into the final day on Thursday.

Canada Fields 7 Players for $3K 6-Max Day 2

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

There were two events that kicked off on Wednesday. One was Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed where 959 players took a seat with a stack of chips. By the end of the day, American Craig Varnell led a surviving field of 201 players with his stack of 202,600 chips.

Canada’s Parmesh Raj (136,800), David Ormsby (88,900), Linyang Song (87,700), Shyam Srinivasan (70,000), Mike Watson (59,200), Mark Radoja (31,000), and Mike Leah (23,100) will all return on Friday for Day 2.

Duhamel Bags $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw

Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

The other event to get underway on Wednesday was Event #28: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw where 326 players were reduced to 61 over the course of 10 hour-long levels. The top stack of the day belonged to American Mark Roland who accumulated 116,600 chips. Canada’s own Jonathan Duhamel managed to survive the day with 26,700, ahead of Daniel Negreanu with 19,900.

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