The 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is winding down now as we head towards the Main Event. Day 37 had action in only five events, with just a single bracelet awarded in the Poker Players Championship.
Negreanu Falls Short of Seventh Bracelet
Going into the final day of action in Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, Daniel Negreanu was in a commanding position. Leading the chip counts at the end of Day 4, Negreanu looked to be in a solid position to add a seventh bracelet to his jewelry case. He had competition from Isaac Haxton, second in chips and the only other player to start the day with more than five million chips, as well as Paul Volpe.
Negreanu had a rough start and was unable to put anything together on the final day. He was eliminated in fifth place for a payout of $300,582. The tournament came down to a heads-up battle between Elior Sion and Johannes Becker. Becker started the epic dual, which lasted over seven hours, with a large chip lead of nearly three-to-one. The two players battled back and forth, trading the chip lead several times over the seven-hour grind, but ultimately it would be Sion to come out on top. The bracelet and win were worth $1,395,767 for Sion, while Becker cashed his second place out for $862,649.
15 Canadians Cash Out on Second Day of $1,500 Hold'em
The final card has been dealt in Day 2 of Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, and while no Canadians made it through to Day 3, 15 Canadians picked up some cash at the cage before they exited. The top Canadian finisher was the same man who lead Canadians into Day 2, Christopher Spurvey, who cashed out for $5,373 in 70th place. Among the other Canucks to cash were Paul Sokoloff and Pawan Braich.
There are 23 players remaining as play heads into Day 3 with more than a few marquee names among them. Leading the way is Kenny Hallaert, who bagged 1,779,000 after two days of play. Joining Hallaert on Day 3 will be Chris Klodnicki, Darren Elias, Ben Zamani, Vojtech Ruzicka, and Brian Hastings.
Parvizi Leads Final 20 Players into Day 3 of Omaha High Roller
With two days of play in the books, Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller is down to the final 20 players remaining. British player Iraj Parvizi leads the chip counts with nearly four million in chips, while Italian star Dario Sammartino bagged 2,675,000, good for second place.
No Canadians made it through to Day 3, but several well-known players managed to punch their tickets. Among the players joining Sammartino and Parvizi on Day 3 will be Dan Smith, Ben Tollerene, and Felix Bleiker.
Strasser Just Outside Top 10 After Day 1 of $3K Hold'em
Fourteen Canadians survived the first day of play in Event #68: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Henry Strasser is leading the way. Strasser bagged 139,900 at the end of the day, good for 11th place on the chip counts. Among the Canadians following him through to Day 2 are David Guay, Michael Gentili, Griffin Benger, Scott Davies, and Mark Radoja.
Overall, the chip leader going into Day 2 is Chance Kornuth who bagged 192,600. Anton Bertillson of Sweden finished with the second-biggest stack of 179,000. Some of the other players to make it through the day included Charlie Carrel, Jack Salter, Igor Kurganov, and Cliff Josephy.
Sokoloff Lone Canadian After Day 1 of $1,500 Razz
Event #69: $1,500 Razz has finished the first day of play, and the only Canadian to bag chips was Paul Sokoloff who amassed 26,000 through the day, good for 26th place. Leading the whole field is seven-card wizard Matt Grapenthien, looking for his second bracelet after taking down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event in 2014 and placing second in the same event in last year's series.
Grapenthien won't have an easy run though. Also making it through to Day 2 are players such as Benny Glaser, the "Poker Brat" himself, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Schneider, Ray Henson, Jason Mercier, James Obst (winner of this year's $10,000 Razz Championship), Brandon Shack-Harris, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and actor James Woods.