WSOP Day 33: Canadians to Watch in Crazy Eights and PPC
This Sunday was Day 33 of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The annual poker tournament series in Las Vegas is the world’s largest. Players from all around the world fill the halls of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino looking for one of the 74 coveted gold bracelets that will be awarded to each winner.
On Day 33, five different tournaments were active and two of them were on their final day and awarded bracelets. Here’s a look at the action with an eye on the Canadian contingent:
Korn Wins Argentina’s Second Bracelet in $5K Hold’em
Sunday was the day for Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em to play down to a winner. Just nine players remained on the fourth day of the tournament with no Canadians among them. Ari Engel was the last Canadian hope and was eliminated late in the day on Saturday in 13th place for $25,365.
The tournament came to an end with Argentina’s Andres Korn winning $618,285 and his first WSOP bracelet, which is also only the second bracelet ever won by an Argentinian after Ivan Luca collected one in 2015.
Lakemeier Wins First Bracelet in $2,500 Big Bet Mix
With just six players remaining for the final day of Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix, Germany’s Jens Lakemeier started the day with the chip lead. Nobody wanted to be the first player eliminated from the final table, so it took a while before American Kenneth Fitzgerald was the unfortunate sixth-place finisher.
But once play was five-handed, it took less than 20 hands for Lakemeier to single-handedly eliminate his last four opponents, bulldozing his way to the win. He earned his first WSOP bracelet and $112,232.
One More Day Needed for $1,500 Hold’em
Originally scheduled to play down to a winner on Sunday, Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em needs one more day to finish off a heads-up battle between Artur Rudziankov (8,935,000) from Czech Republic and Mario Prats (4,290,000) from Spain.
The day began with 28 players remaining out of the original 1,763 that started this journey on Friday. There were no Canadians remaining for Sunday’s Day 3, the last one being Fraser Paterson who finished 68th for $5,022 the day prior.
Germanis and Kade Start Strong in Crazy Eights
The third and fourth starting flights of Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed were played on Sunday. Day 1c started early in the day and received 2,072 entries. Day 1d fired up later in the afternoon and another 2,878 entries were tallied. Added to the two starting flights the day prior, that takes the total entries to 8,120. The prize pool sits at $6,489,502.
In Sunday’s earlier flight, two Canadians were found within the top stacks at the end of play. Bill Germanis managed to accumulate 407,000 chips for Monday’s Day 2, and Vanessa Kade will return with 390,000. The top Canadian stack in the final flight was Kyle Hartree with 143,000.
There are 372 players remaining. They’ll resume play on Monday, already well into the money.
Negreanu and Leah Take On PPC
If there is any tournament that could be argued to be even more important than the WSOP Main Event this summer, it’s Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The prestigious event attracts the best poker players in the world and tests them with an eight-game mix to determine who is truly the top poker player.
A total of 93 entries passed through registration and 87 of them survived the day. The field can still grow with registration still open until the start of Day 2 on Monday. So far, the U.K.’s Matthew Ashton leads the field with 705,500 chips.
Daniel Negreanu (360,100) and Mike Leah (227,100) are the two Canadian hopes in the event. They’ll be back on Tuesday to take on the world’s best!