This Monday was Day 20 of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The annual poker tournament series in Las Vegas is the world’s largest. Players from all around the world fill the halls of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino looking for one of the 74 coveted gold bracelets that will be awarded to each winner.
On Day 20, seven different tournaments were active with three bracelets awarded. Here’s a look at the action with an eye on the Canadian contingent:
Maggio Tops Largest Seniors Event
Setting a new record for this tournament, Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship played out its final day and Frank Maggio outlasted 5,389 players to earn his first bracelet and $617,303.
The tournament is restricted to players of at least 50 years of age, and just an all-American final table of nine players returned on Monday. The most notable among them was Dan Heimiller, but he fell in ninth place for $53,817.
Frank Finds First Bracelet in $1,500 Hold’em
A bracelet was also awarded in Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em after 22 players returned to play it out on Monday. Among them was Canadian Noah Vaillancourt who ultimately finished in seventh place for $51,332.
Coming out on top was German Christopher Frank who pocketed $384,833 and his first gold bracelet.
Watson and Buchanan Fall Short of Gold in $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship
Just six players returned for the final day of Event #34: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Two of them were Canadians looking to earn our nation our second bracelet of the series.
The first Canadian to fall was Shawn Buchanan in fifth place for $48,854. Shortly after, Mike Watson also made his exit, earning $68,601 in fourth. American Ben Yu ultimately collected first-place money of $232,738 plus his second WSOP bracelet.
Whitters Makes Final Day of Super Seniors
With the Seniors Event coming to a close, the 65-plus version played out Day 2 on Monday. Event #35: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em saw 258 players whittled down to 22 by day’s end. Jon Whitters (187,000) is the only Canadian remaining in an otherwise all-American field that’s led by Kerry Goldberg (1,224,000).
The top Canadian payouts of Day 2 went to Robert Corbeil (28th) and Armand King (29th) who each earned $6,535. The final 22 will be back on Tuesday to play down to a winner.
Leah Makes $5K 6-Max Final Day with Short Stack
Also playing out Day 2 was Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed which reduced 191 players down to 18. Among the survivors was Canadian Mike Leah, but he bagged the shortest stack of 246,000 chips.
Leading the field going into Tuesday’s final day is Belgium’s Kenny Hallaert with 1,767,000. Canadians to earn a payout on Monday were Tanveer Dhanjal (41st — $11,187) and Shyam Srinivasan (55th — $8,031).
Fu is Top Canadian for Day 2 of $1K Hold’em
One of the two events to kick off on Monday was Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. A total of 2,020 entries were tallied and the money bubble burst once just 303 remained. The day concluded with 238 players still holding chips and American Chad Eveslage had the most with 197,300.
The top Canadian was Li Fu with 64,000 and Gary Bain (53,200), Ryan Smith (49,900), Reginald Hampton (45,600), Jaspal Brar (45,500), Tony Barberio (40,600), Idris Gencoglu (36,600), Christopher Wall (30,300), Michael Bailey (29,800), Pavlos Bexis (28,300), David Haasen (28,200), Eric Vallee (24,600), Leonard Tanase (20,400), Gary Journeay (19,900), Ian Webb (19,200), Mike Leah (17,300), and Daniel Pointon (6,700) also made Day 2.
Negreanu Has Big Stack in $10K Limit Hold’em Championship
The other tournament to get underway on Monday was Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship where 120 entries passed through registration and 41 survived the day. Leading the field is American Ben Yu with 360,000 after he registered the tournament right after winning a bracelet in Event #34 the same day.
Canada’s Daniel Negreanu bagged the third-best stack with 260,500, and Mark Klecan (211,000), Sorel Mizzi (147,500), and Terrence Chan (80,500) will also be back to represent our nation on Day 2. Jonathan Duhamel, Mark Radoja, Mike Watson, and Ahn Van Nguyen were eliminated on Day 1.