It’s time for the Main Event! All eyes are on the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and with all but one of the preliminary bracelet events wrapped up, the Main Event is the focus of attention in the poker world. This week, there was a close call for one Canadian looking for a bracelet in a preliminary event. There are plenty of Canadians in contention in the WSOP Main Event, and there is also a recap how the GPI rankings look after another week of tournament play.
Here is your Weekly Review for July 9 to 15:
WSOP Recap: Day 38 to Day 44
Event #69: $1,500 Razz
Jason Gola bested David “ODB” Baker heads up to claim the $1,500 razz title. He earned $137,957 for the victory while capturing his first bracelet. 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
The Ladies Event is one of the most important bracelet events during the WSOP leading up to the Main Event, and this year it was Heidi May from Australia who bested a field of 718 for the $135,098 first prize and her first WSOP bracelet. Wing Chan (18th — $4,516) and Fatima Nanji (23rd — $3,710) were the top Canadians to cash the event.
Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Plenty of long-time poker fans were rooting for Mike Wattel to win the bracelet and he did just that busting his opponent to capture the bracelet and $245,451. No Canadians were able to cash the event.
Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold’em
The Giant featured a $365 buy-in over multiple weekends of the WSOP. The event saw a total of 10,015 entries across five starting flights to create a prize pool of $3,004,500. While the buy-in may be small, the first-place prize was huge, with $291,240 going to the winner along with a WSOP bracelet. This marked the smallest buy-in for a live WSOP bracelet event.
In the end it was Saint-Laurent, Quebec, native Hrair Yapoudjian who got heads up for the bracelet with American Dieter Dechant. Dechant ended up getting the better of Yapoudjian though, denying the Canadian the bracelet and capturing the title. Yapoudjian received $180,455 for the runner-up finish while Dechant won his first WSOP bracelet and $291,906.
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Days 1a, 1b, and 1c
There were three starting flights for the WSOP Main Event and each of them produced remarkable numbers. After Day 1a had the biggest Day 1a in recent years, and Day 3 had a remarkable 4,262, the Main Event saw an increase in attendance from recent years to produce the third-largest field in the history of the Main Event with 7,221 total entries.
German Jerome Evans took his Day 1a stack into Day 2 as the overall chip leader with 286,000.
Darren Grant was the top Canadian from Day 1a, bagging 167,000 from the 50,000 given to all players at the beginning of the day. Yisheng Cheng from Coquitlam, B.C., was the top Canadian on Day 1b, bagging a top 10 stack overall for the day with 214,400. Jason Mann was the top Canadian on Day 1c, placing 223,600 chips into a bag for Day 2.
In total, 4,262 players survived Day 1 and returned for Day 2. The prize pool was announced with $8,150,000 going to first place while a min-cash in 1,084th place would see $15,000 going into the pockets of the first player who busts after the bubble.
Days 2ab and 2c
Days 1a and 1b come back to play in Day 2ab, but even though they play at the same time, the field is not combined until Day 3.
After Day 2ab, Mickey Craft (608,100 from Day 1a) and Lawrence Bayley (618,000 from Day 1b) held the respective chip leads from their days going into Day 3. A total of 1,023 players survived the day from both flights to move onto Day 3. Kyle Hartree was the top Canadian, ending the day with 430,200.
For Day 2c, Artan Dedusha ended the day as the chip leader with 680,000 in chips. A total of 1,549 players survived the day to advance to Day 3. The top Canadian from Day 2c was Nghi Tran who bagged an impressive 384,600.
Day 3 is where all fields combine into one and also where the money bubble bursts. The day started with 2,572 remaining and the hopes of reaching the money by the end of the day. With just under 1,500 players needing to be eliminated, the day was going to be a long and grueling one. After 14 hours of play including an extra level not planned to be played, the money bubble was reached and 1,084 players remained to move onto Day 4.
Patrick Lavecchia bagged the overall chip lead with 1,552,000 while Pavel Brzeski (1,546,000), Antoine Saiut (1,529,000), Jeremiah Fitzpatrick (1,523,000), and Derek Bowers (1,376,000) rounded out the top five.
Ottawa native David Ormsby (1,206,000) was the top Canadian and one of two Canadians to finish the day north of one million chips. The other to do so was Andrew Yip (1,051,000) from Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event is moving day, where everyone is in the money but players jockey for position in the chip counts and try to put themselves in a position for a deep run.
One of those looking for a deep run is last year's Main Event final tablist, Belgian Kenney Hallaert. Hallert bagged the third-biggest chip stack with 4,198,000 as he looks to make his second final table in as many years.
There are plenty of Canadians also in contention at the close of the day that saw 297 players remain from the 1,084 that started the day. Everyone left is guaranteed at least $35,267.
Colin Moffat from Aurora, Ontario, topped the list of Canadians with the seventh-highest stack overall, bagging up 3,086,000 clay disks. Right behind him is Vancouver native Jonas Mackoff who bagged 3,076,000. Joining the two was Sammy Lafleur from Shawinigan, Quebec, who put 2,957,000 into a bag for the 11th-highest stack of the day.
Those able to cash and bust near the end of the day were Logan Dunn (329th — $35,267), Christopher Lastiwka (331st — $35,267), Darren Grant (375th — $31,170), and Andrew Yip ($31,170).
Global Poker Index: Engel Tops All Lists While Negreanu Gains in 2017 POY Race
Ari Engel remained in the top spot of the GPI top 10 Canadians list for the 37th week in a row. Sam Greenwood hopped over Daniel Dvoress for the second spot on the list this week with some of Dvoress’ points being lost due to ageing.
In the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race, Engel remained in first place for the ninth-straight week, but Daniel Negreanu made big gains moving to third on the list while overtaking Mike Leah and Timothy Adams.
In the global 2017 GPI Player of the Year race, Engel lost two spots to drop to seventh while Daniel Dvoress fell out of the top 10.