WSOP Day 27: Wong the One to Watch

Kenneth Wong WSOP

This Monday was Day 27 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 27, five different tournaments were active and 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:

Montgomery Has a Monster Stack

Scott Montgomery
Scott Montgomery

Monday was an exciting day for Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack as the money bubble was burst and 1,008 players were guaranteed to make money in the popular tournament.

By the end of 10 one-hour levels, just 234 players remained with American Scott Baumstein leading the field with 1,592,000. The top Canadian belonged to a Scott of our own; Scott Montgomery bagged 880,000 for Tuesday’s Day 3 which put him 14th in the counts.

Mark Radoja (755,000), Ricky Tang (726,000), Benoit Jean (443,000), David Quang (394,000), and Jody Howe (205,000) are just some of the Canadians who are still in the field and everyone is now guaranteed to earn a payout of at least $5,415.

Duhamel Misses $10K Stud-8 Win

Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

The one bracelet awarded on Monday was in Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Just 11 players returned for the final day with Canada’s only WSOP Main Event Champion, Jonathan Duhamel, among them. Despite starting the day as the second-shortest stack, Duhamel laddered his way to fifth place where he was eliminated for $72,876, falling a few places short of his fourth WSOP bracelet.

The winner was American Chris Vitch who earned his second bracelet after winning a mixed triple draw event last year. He also collected $320,193 for this latest win.

Wong Makes Final Day of $3K PLO 6-Max

Copag Cards

Event #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed resumed play with 127 players returning for Day 2 on Monday. Only 19 of them survived to make Day 3. One Canadian hope remains in Kenneth Wong who will return with 331,000 chips on Tuesday.

The chip leader is American Chino Rheem who bagged 952,000 chips while the most accomplished player remaining is four-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen with 207,000.

Canadians Andrew Paterson (65th — $4,955) and Tanveer Dhanjal (84th — $4,516) were the only two from our nation to collect a payout after the bubble burst on Monday.

Leah Makes Day 2 of $1,500 Bounty

Mike Leah
Mike Leah

Of the two events that kicked off on Monday, the first was Event #50: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty. A total of 1,927 entries created a prize pool of more than $2.6 million. Just 264 of them survived the day.

American Will Berry bagged the most chips with 219,700. Canadians Sammy Lafleur (136,100) and Adam Cook (132,900) were the top players from our nation, sitting in 15th and 16th, respectively. Mike Leah (32,700) is still in the hunt as well.

Krueger Leads Canadians in $10K PLO-8 Championship

New Cards in Play

The other event to get underway was Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. The four-card split-pot game saw 207 entries and 116 of them still held chips at the end of the day. Leading the way is Italian Dario Sammartino with 294,300.

The Canadian contingent in this event is made up of Quentin Krueger (143,200), Jonathan Duhamel (132,600), Mike Leah (119,700), Joshua Mammon (33,700), Timothy Vukson (20,400), and Stephen Ladowsky (19,600).

Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, and Shawn Buchanan also took a shot at the event but were eliminated from play.

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