This Sunday was Day 26 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 26, just four different tournaments were active, which is slow relative to most days at the WSOP. One of them was on its final day and awarded a bracelet. Here’s a look at the action with an eye on the Canadian contingent:
Gamble Gets Gold in $1,500 PLO-8
The one event to come to an end on Sunday was Event #46: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo where 21 players returned to the tables. The last Canadian standing had already been eliminated late in the day on Saturday.
Some of the notable players still in the hunt included Marco Johnson (fifth — $49,379), Barny Boatman (12th — $12,034), and Barry Greenstein (14th — $9,513). But it was American Nathan Gamble who secured the victory, winning his heads-up match in just one hand. Gamble earned a gold bracelet and $223,339.
The Monster Creates $9M Prize Pool
The second and final starting day of the ever-popular Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack was also in action on Sunday. After 2,676 entries were tallied on Day 1a, Sunday’s Day 1b added an additional 4,040 entries to bring the total to 6,716 and create a prize pool of $9,066,600.
American Matt Downs finished the day as the chip leader with 320,200 and Canada’s Jay Glass held the best stack by a player from our nation with 126,500 — about 30th from the top. Josh Wallace (117,700), Jody Howe (86,400), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (78,400), Noah Vaillancourt (74,700), Richard Mullen (52,700), Thomas Taylor (47,800), Scott Montgomery (46,500), and Simon Charette (46,100) were just some of the huge Canadian contingent who made it through the day.
Duhamel Makes $10K Stud-8 Championship Final Day
Just one day remains to find the winner in Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship after Day 2 reduced 48 survivors down to the final 11. The money bubble burst when 19 remained and one of the two Canadians still in action was eliminated shortly after. Daniel Negreanu finished in 18th place for $15,182.
The other Canadian made it through Day 2. Jonathan Duhamel bagged 228,000 chips for Monday’s final day, which is the second-shortest stack. He’ll have to face a tough roster of players that include Abe Mosseri, Brock Parker, Benny Glaser, and Phil Hellmuth. American Andrew Kelsall will return with the chip lead, in control of 965,000 chips.
Watson Among $3K PLO 6-Max Day 1 Survivors
Getting underway on Sunday was Event #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. There were 630 players who took their shot and 127 of them still had chips at the end of the day. Brazil’s Guilherme Barbosa bagged the largest count with 256,600 chips.
Anee Ngo had the most chips out of the Canadian players with 105,000. Tanveer Dhanjal (81,100), Mike Watson (59,500), Andrew Paterson (57,900), Thu Huyen (52,700), Matt Salsberg (41,000), Joseph Williams (39,200), Shyam Srinivasan (34,000), Mike Leah (14,500), and Kenneth Wong (14,400) make up the rest of the Canadian contingent that will return for Day 2 on Monday.