The Weekly Review: Negreanu Keeps Coming Close

Daniel Negreanu WSOP 2017

It was the Daniel Negreanu show during this week at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) as he made a couple of deep runs, including holding the chip lead headed into the final day of play for the final table. See how he fared in the WSOP recap. There is also a Global Poker Index (GPI) update of all the movers and shakers on the Canadian lists as a result of all the live tournaments happening in Vegas.

Here is your Weekly Review for July 2-8, 2017:

WSOP Recap: Days 31 to 37

Here is your WSOP recap and how Canadians fared during the last week:

Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Czech Republic native, Arthur Rudziankov, bested a field of 1,763 for his first WSOP bracelet and $395,918.

Fraser Paterson from Sarnia Ontario was the top Canadian, cashing in 68th place for $5,022.

Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix

Austria’s Jens Lakemeier collected the bracelet and $112,232 in a field of 197 which included some of the best mixed-game players in the world.

Daniel Negreanu made a very deep run but ended up falling short of making another final table at this year’s WSOP by bowing out in 12th place for $7,188.

Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed

Romania has its first-ever WSOP bracelet winner and it’s Alexandru Papazian who outlasted a field of 8,120 to collect the first-place prize of $888,888.

Millionaire Maker winner and the only Canadian to win a WSOP bracelet thus far in this year's rendition of the WSOP, Pablo Mariz, made another deep run but ended the dream of collecting a second bracelet in another big field event with a 13th-place finish for $41,233.

Event #61: $3,333 ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller

2015 WSOP Main Event final tablist Tom Cannuli outlasted a field of 424 including reentries for the second online bracelet awarded this summer. He collects $322,815 for the victory.

The top Canadian was Phillippe Dauteuil from Quebec City who finished in 23rd for $8,815.

Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)

One of the most coveted bracelets of the year is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship which awards a bracelet and the winning player's name on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy along with the knowledge of being one of the best all-rounded poker players in the world. Daniel Negreanu held the chip lead going into the final table but ultimately fell in fifth place, receiving $300,852.

The eventual winner was Elior Sion from the U.K. who collected $1,395,767, a WSOP bracelet, and his name on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Rulah Divine outlasted a field of 1,750 players to collect his first WSOP bracelet and $262,501.

The top Candaian was Edward Hislop from Ottawa who finished in 16th for $10,092.

Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix

This event showcased both two-card and four-card poker in a mixed variant. Austrian Sebastian Langrock bested a field of 1,058 to collect $268,555 for the win.

Markham, Ontario, native Zahir Gilani was the top Canadian, making the final table but having his dream of becoming a WSOP bracelet winner dashed with a sixth-place exit for $46,048.

Event #65: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)

One of this year's turbo events at the WSOP saw 1,413 runners despite the starting day happening on July 4. Isreal native Shai Zurr outlasted the field to collect the WSOP bracelet and $223,241.

Canadian David Valcourt was the top Canadian finisher just missing out on the final table with a 10th-place finish for $13,242.

Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

A Day 4 will be needed in Event #66 with a heads-up battle between Jamaica’s Emile Schiff (9,760,000) and Chris Klodnicki (4,910,000) who will duke it out for the first-place prize of $428,423 and the bracelet.

Canadian Christopher Spurvey was the top finisher from the great white north, collecting $5,373 for his 70th-place finish in the total field of 1,956.

Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller

James Colderaro outlasted a field of 205 for pot-limit Omaha supremacy to collect $1,289,074 and the WSOP bracelet.

No Canadians were able to cash this event.

Event #68: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Just 37 players remain after Day 2 in a field of 1,349 entries which sees Chance Kornuth as the player to bag the chip lead.

Daniel Negreanu and Michael Gentilli are the lone Canadians still in the hunt for the bracelet.

Event #69: $1,500 Razz

After two days of play, only 10 players remain from a field of 419, which sees David “ODB” Baker hold the chip lead. Phil Hellmuth, who was holding up to his persona of “The Poker Brat”, ended up bagging the smallest stack as he looks to add to his WSOP leading bracelet count of 14.

Paul Sokoloff was the top Canadian in the field finishing in 16th place for $4,401.

Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Just 85 ladies survived Day 1 of the event which saw the money bubble burst with both Elisabetta Bertucci (88th — $1,605) and Christine Park (92nd — $1,545) cashing.

Fatima Nanji (49,000) and Kimberly McClymont (30,800) are the top Canadians to bag chips at the close of the day which saw 718 entries.

Event #71: $1,000 ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Canadian "jadedjason"'s dream of capturing the online bracelet ended in the early hours of Saturday morning as he ended up losing a heads-up battle to "Javatinil" in an event that saw 1,312 runners. "jadedjason" collected $146,203 for the runner-up finish while “Javatinil” received $237,688 for the victory, along with the WSOP bracelet.

Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship saw 88 entries and John Monnette leads the final 29 players into a second day of play as the chip leader. Fourteen players will receive money back for a cash and the eventual champion will receive $235,451 for the victory along with the WSOP bracelet.

No Canadians were able to survive the day.

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GPI Update: Negreanu Falls While Bicknell Rises

Ari Engel still tops the top tournament player in Canada list while also moving up to third place globally. This marks the 36th-straight week with Engel's name topping the list. Negreanu fell to the last spot in the top 10 while Kristen Bicknell climbed to No. 6 on the list.

Ari Engel narrowly increased his lead over Daniel Dvoress in the 2017 Canadian GPI Player of the Year race and holds onto the top spot for the eighth-straight week. Negreanu moved up a spot to fifth, bumping Bicknell to the sixth position. Mark Radoja moved from No. 9 to No. 7, while Jean-Pascal Savard moved into the top 10 with his debut on the list at No 8. This bumped Thomas Taylor from the bottom to out of the top 10.

While Nick Petrangelo overtook Bryn Kenney for top spot in the 2017 GPI Player of the Year race, Ari Engel moved up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 and Daniel Dvoress dropped two spots to hold onto the last spot in the top 10.

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