WSOP Day 8: Two Canadian Runner-Up Finishes

David Guay 2017 WSOP

It was a busy day at the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on Wednesday. There were seven different events filling tables at the Rio in Las Vegas, but Canada is still in the hunt for our first bracelet after coming second twice on Day 8.

Negreanu Finishes Runner-Up in $10K Omaha-8 Championship

On an unscheduled Day 4 of Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, two players returned to the table to finish what they had started. Abe Mosseri and Daniel Negreanu were the only two remaining, with the former holding a chip lead after they had already played about half an hour of heads-up poker the night before.

It took only four hands to come to an end, and Mosseri won every one of them. Negreanu’s runner-up finish earned him $240,290 and comes after already finishing third in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship, proving he’s in great form this summer. Mosseri collected $388,795 for the win as well as his second WSOP bracelet.

Team Canada Runner-Up in $1K Tag Team

Also on the docket for Wednesday was the final day of Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em. The final table of nine teams returned to play down to a winner including Canadians Pablo Mariz and David Guay who were teamed up.

The Canadians made it all the way to heads-up play, but they ultimately got their tournament life on the line with {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds} all in preflop against {a-Spades}{8-Hearts}. The flop was a huge {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{3-Clubs} to put the Canadians in the lead with trips. However, the turn was the {a-Clubs} and the river was the {a-Diamonds}, giving their opponents the better boat. They earned $93,074 for finishing second while Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java earned a bracelet each and the top prize of $150,637.

Bach Adds Dealers Choice Bracelet to H.O.R.S.E Bracelet

A third bracelet was won on Wednesday. Nine Americans returned to play the final day of Event #11: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed, led by David Bach. Bach also topped the final day, earning his second WSOP bracelet and collecting $119,399. His first bracelet was in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament in 2009.

Canada Cashes $1,500 Hold’em

In Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, 275 players battled down into the money and all the way to the top 23 players. No Canadians survived the day, but Pascal Monarque (25th — $12,135), Mike Leah (27th — $12,135), Eric Vallee (88th — $3,796), and Jean-Pascal Savard (90th — $3,796) were just some of the Canadian contingent to collect a payout on Day 2 of the tournament.

On Thursday’s Day 3, Australian Melissa Gillett will return with the chip lead, way out in front with 3,443,000 chips. Two other players have a little over a million, but the fourth-best stack has less than 750,000.

Stacked Final Six in $1,500 No-Limit 2-7

Also on their Day 2 was Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. Fifty players returned for a shot at the money and hoping to make the final day. Just six players remained when play stopped for the night with American Bernard Lee leading the way with 571,000. Matt Waxman (395,500), Frank Kassela (365,500), Tim McGuigan (299,500), Stuart Rutter (268,000), and Jared Bleznick (97,500) are also in contention.

One Canadian collected money on Day 2 in this event. Adam Crawford finished in 21st place for $3,572.

Eight Canadians Advance in $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

One of the two events that kicked off on Wednesday was Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. The tournament received 736 entries and just 167 players survived the day. The top stack was Adam Dickson from the U.K. with 180,300, which nearly double the second-best count of 93,300 held by countryman Richard Ashby.

Canadians Frederic Moss (56,500), Adam Crawford (48,900), Daniel Negreanu (43,000), Andrew Yip (37,200), Paul Sokoloff (36,500), Alex Livingston (33,600), Colin Burton (12,300), and Calen McNeil (7,100) will all be back for Thursday’s Day 2.

$10K Heads Up Championship Down to 32

Also starting on Wednesday was Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship. With 129 players, the tournament began with just one match to get the field down to a round of 128. Canadian Mark Radoja and Kyle Bowker faced off at a discounted price of $5,000 each for being the only players to have to play the extra round, and the Canadian made it through to join the first official round.

Just one Canadian made it through the day. Michel Halioua will be among the 32 players who will return on Thursday to face another opponent. Those who survive the next round will be in the money.

Christopher Kruk, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Mark Radoja, Timothy Adams, and Kristen Bicknell made up the rest of the Canadian contingent who weren’t able to survive Day 1.

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