Canada turns 150 this weekend and what better way to celebrate it than with a recap of all the top poker news this week as it pertains to Canadians. The WSOP passed the halfway mark and Canada still has its one bracelet for 2017. We have the weekly recap for the GPI rankings, and Daniel Negreanu lends his name to a new venture backed by Guy Laliberte. So grab your poutine and maple syrup and enjoy the content on our site from the past week!
Here is your Weekly Review for June 25 to July 1, 2017:
WSOP Recap: Day 25 to Day 30
Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Canadians Marcus Mizzi and Alex Livingston both made deep runs in the event, making it to the final day of play. Both would be bounced from the tournament before the final table, though, with Mizzi exiting in 14th place and Livingston one spot after him in 13th. Both received $10,248 for their efforts. The tournament was eventually won by Matthew Schreiber who bested Phillip Hui heads up for the title, bracelet, and $256,226. This is Schreiber’s first WSOP win as he bested the total field of 399 players.
Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-Minute Levels)
The turbo $5,000 no-limit hold’em event saw 505 players enter, creating a total prize pool of $2,348,250. The tournament was won by Christopher Brammer from the United Kingdom who collected $527,555 along with his first WSOP bracelet.
David Ormsby from Ottawa was the top Canadian in the event, finishing in 14th place for $21,148.
Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Nathan Gamble outlasted a field of 830 players to collect $223,339 and his first WSOP bracelet.
Wayne Chow from London, Ontario, was the top Canadian in this tournament. Chow finished in 26th place, collecting $6,245.
Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK
American poker pro Brian Yoon outlasted a monster field of 6,716 players to collect his third WSOP bracelet. With the win, Yoon also won $1,094,349.
Canadian poker pro Scott Montgomery was the top Canadian, finishing in 18th place and winning $47,353.
Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Christopher Vitch won his second bracelet in as many years with his win in Event #48. With the win he also pocketed $320,103 in the 125-player field.
2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel was the top Canadian in the field with a final table appearance. He unfortunately finished in fifth place for $72,876.
Event #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
The $3,000 six-handed PLO event at the WSOP is always a fast-moving event and, with 630 players and a prizepool of $1,701,000, four-card poker was surely exciting.
American Luis Calvo was the eventual winner of the event, collecting $362,185 along with his first-ever WSOP bracelet.
Kenneth Wong from Richmond, B.C., was the top Canadian, falling just shy of the final two tables busting in 13th place for $15,531.
Event #50: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY
Chris Bolek outlasted a field of 1,927 in the $1,500 bounty event. With the win, Bolek collected his first WSOP bracelet and $266,646 along with a handful of $500 bounties.
Sammy Lafleur from Shawinigan, Quebec, was the top Canadian, finishing in 11th place and seeing $16,728 added to his pockets.
Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
A tally of 207 players entered this year's $10,000 PLO-8 Championship. American pro Bryce Yockey ended up the victor. With the win, Yockey gets his first WSOP bracelet and $511,147.
Top Canadian in this event was Quentin Krueger from Winnipeg who made the final table but eventually ended up falling in fifth place for $107,709.
Event #52: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Moshin Charania bested Cary Katz heads up for his first WSOP bracelet. He also won $364,438 by besting the field of 1,580.
James Florence from Teulon, Manitoba, narrowly missed out on the final table with a 10th-place finish. He collected $21,982.
Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
British pro Max Silver bested a field of 256 players to collect $172,645 and his first WSOP bracelet of his career.
Guelph, Ontario, native Mark Radoja was the top Canadian, finishing in 14th place for $7,821.
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
Eight players remain out of a field of 428 players. Scott Clements looks to add a third bracelet to his resume with the chip lead. Play resumes for a fourth day at 1 p.m. local time.
Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Tom Koral outlasted a field of 298 players for the victory in the $1,500 seven-card stud event. With the win, he collected $96,907 and his first bracelet.
The top Canadian was Wesley Hickey from Fort McMurray, Alberta, who finished in 21st place for $3,142.
Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
After the second day of play, Canadian Ari Engel is fourth in chips sitting on 977,000 with 32 players remaining. Mike Watson also bagged chips and comes back for a third day with 445,000.
A total of 623 players bought into the event, which will see the winner grab $618,285 for the victory along with a WSOP bracelet.
Event #57: $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix
After the second day of play, only 14 players remain after 405 players entered to create a total prize pool of $911,250.
The winner will receive $215,902 for the victory.
The top Canadian in this event was Thomas Taylor from Medicine Hat, Alberta, who finished in 38th place for $4,611.
Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
After the first day of play, 265 players remain of the total 1,763 that entered.
The winner will receive $395,918 along with a WSOP bracelet for the victory.
Some Canadians to put chips into a bag and move onto Day 2 included, Jay Glass (113,000), Kevin Woloshyn (70,300), and Sean Edelenbos (41,600).
- WSOP Day 26: Jonathan Duhamel In the Running for $10K Stud-8 Championship Bracelet
- WSOP Day 27: Wong the One to Watch
- WSOP Day 28: Montgomery Has Chips for Monster Stack Final
- WSOP Day 29: Florence Has Heaps for Final Day of $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
- 2017 WSOP Day 30: Mike Watson Top Canadian in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Major Series of Putting Gains Negreanu As Ambassador
Even in the midst of the summer WSOP grind, Daniel Negreanu made an announcement that he has joined the newly formed Major Series of Putting (MSOP) as an ambassador. In a combination poker and golf structure, players put up an entry fee to compete for a large prize pool to find out who the best putter in the world is.
Local golf courses across North America are holding qualifying events giving every golfer a chance to compete for millions of dollars in prizes. The series will run at the end of October and into November at the MSOP Championship where a winner will be crowned.
The second Canadian to grace this newly formed venture is through Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, whose company, Lune Rouge Innovation, is the company that is behind the MSOP. The added Laliberte touch can also be seen through the 32-player invitational event, $11,111 One Putt for One Drop. A tournament that will see $110,000 up for grabs.
Global Poker Index: Engel Reigns Supreme as Bicknell Jumps to Seventh
Ari Engel held onto the top spot in the Canadian Overall GPI rankings while Kristen Bicknell was the biggest mover in the top 10 list, moving from No. 10 to No. 7.
In the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race, Engel still holds onto his narrow lead over Daniel Dvoress. Mike Leah with his narrow lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race has created a three-horse race of the honour. Thomas Taylor also joined the top 10, claiming the last spot by bumping off Ryan Yu.
In the overall 2017 GPI Player of the Year race, both Engel and Dvoress held the same spot as the previous week. The top eight spots all remained the same from the previous week with Bryn Kenney holding onto his lead. Engel remained in sixth while Dvoress narrowly holds onto eighth.
TSN’s WSOP Main Event Schedule Released
The TSN schedule was finally released for the WSOP Main Event. With the exception of Day 1c and Day 3, TSN will have coverage of the Main Event on one of its many channels or platforms. The full schedule is as follows:
2017 WSOP on TSN Schedule
|Date||Time (ET)||WSOP Main Event||TSN Channel|
|Saturday, July 8||4 - 8 p.m.||Day 1a||TSN GO (TSN2 at 12 a.m.)|
|Sunday July 9||2 - 6 p.m.||Day 1b||TSN3 and TSN5|
|Monday, July 10||Day 1c||Not available|
|Tuesday, July 11||7:30 - 11 p.m.||Day 2a/2b||TSN2|
|Wednesday, July 12||8 - 10 p.m.||Day 2c||TSN3 and TSN5|
|Thursday, July 13||-||Day 3||Not available|
|Friday, July 14||8 - 11 p.m.||Day 4||TSN GO (TSN2 at 2:30 a.m.)|
|Saturday, July 15||2 - 4 p.m.||Day 5||TSN3|
|Sunday, July 16||2 - 4 p.m.||Day 6||TSN GO (TSN2 at 8 p.m.)|
|Monday, July 17||7 - 9 p.m.||Day 7||TSN2|
|Wednesday, July 19||10 - 11 p.m.||Final Table Preview||TSN2|
|Thursday, July 20||9 pm. - 12 a.m.||Final 9 - 6||TSN GO (join in progress on TSN2 at 10 p.m.)|
|Friday, July 21||9 - 11 p.m.||Final 6 - 3||TSN2|
|Saturday, July 22||9 - 11 p.m.||Final 3 - Champion||TSN5|