This Thursday was Day 23 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 23, five different tournaments were active with one bracelet awarded. Here’s a look at the action with an eye on the Canadian contingent:
Bohn Wins Stud-8 Bracelet in First Tournament Cash
The only event to come to a conclusion on Thursday was Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. The win went to a player who had never recorded a live tournament cash in his life. American retiree Ernest Bohn came out on top of the 595-player field to win $173,228 and a gold WSOP bracelet. No Canadians made the final day of this event.
Klein Tops $1,500 PLO Day 2
Day 2 of Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha resumed play with 138 players on Thursday, and 131 of them were scheduled to make money, so it didn’t take long for the bubble to burst. By the end of the day, just 18 players remained.
Leading the way is American Loren Klein with 719,000 chips and no Canadians made it through. A few did make it far enough to earn a payout, though. James Morgan had the best finish by the Canadian contingent, finishing 40th for $4,556.
The final 18 will return on Friday to play down to a winner.
Bicknell Makes Final Day of $10K 6-Max Championship
Tables were filled with 129 players at the start of Day 2 of Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship with Canada’s Kristen Bicknell among the big stacks. She was also found among the 24 players who survived the day. She bagged 504,000 chips for the final day and is the only Canadian still in contention. Charlie Carrell from the U.K. leads with 1.5M.
One other Canadian lasted long enough to make the money. Timothy Adams survived the bubble but was then eliminated in 38th place for $16,580.
Four Canadians Survive $1,500 Shootout Day 1
Getting its start on Thursday was Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout where players have to be the last one standing on their table before they advance to the next round. A tally of 1,025 players were reduced to 120 after playing one round where they are now all guaranteed a piece of the prize pool.
Canadians Michael Zigomanis, Alex Richmond, Ian Modder, and Douglas Hartwick won their tables and will be among the 120 who return on Friday for another round.
The Mizzis Have Great Start in $3K H.O.R.S.E.
The other event to kick off on Thursday was Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. After 399 players passed through registration, just 156 survived the day in the five-game format. Brazilian Andre Akkari led overall with 110,100 chips, but Canadians Marcus Mizzi (83,200), Sorel Mizzi (58,000), Shawn Buchanan (47,100), Paul Sokoloff (45,600), Daniel Negreanu (44,900), Alex Livingston (39,500), Michael Ma (33,500), Mike Leah (20,400), Mark Klecan (17,400), Greg Mueller (17,000), and Thomas Taylor (15,000) will also return for Day 2 on Friday.