Day 36 of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is in the books with legendary Canadian player Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu leading the field after the penultimate day of play in Poker Players Championship. In addition to Negreanu's bid for his seventh bracelet, four bracelets were awarded on Day 36 and Day 1 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em kicked off.
Papazian Grabs Bracelet in Crazy Eights
The final day of Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed was just a two-handed affair, with the final two players unable to finish it out before the hard stop at the end of Day 3. Alexandru Papazian started the day with a massive chip lead, unbagging over 50,000,000 chips while his opponent, Kilian Kramer, had just over 14 million to start the day.
Kramer couldn't fight back from the more than three-to-one chip deficit, finishing his day in second for a score of $463,888 while Papazian nabbed $888,888 for the win.
Negreanu in Hunt for Seventh Bracelet in PPC
Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship is one of the marquee events every year at the WSOP, showcasing some of the best talents in the game. The 2017 edition of the series didn't disappoint with Isaac Haxton and Paul Volpe joining chip leader Daniel Negreanu on the final day, while heroes littered the bustout lists. Exiting on Day 4 were players such as Mike Matusow, Scott Seiver, Shaun Deeb, Talal Shakerchi, and James Obst.
Going into the final day, Negreanu leads the pack with 5,930,000 chips. Haxton is the only other player above five million in chips. The remaining six players will have their eyes on the top prize of $1,395,767 when action resumes on Thursday.
Hislop Cashes Out For Canada on Final Day of $1K Hold'em
Edward Hislop was the only Canadian to make the final day of Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Hislop started the day near the bottom of the chip counts, but managed to crack the $10,000 mark with a 16th-place finish. Hislop joins 15 other Canadians who cashed in this event on previous days.
When the last card was dealt, it was Rulah Divine holding all the chips. Divine started heads-up play against Patrick Truong with the chip lead, and he needed just over 20 hands to finish the job. Truong's second place was worth $162,170 while Divine pocketed $262,501 along with the gold bracelet.
Gilani Top Canadian Finisher in Hold'em/Omaha Mix
When Day 3 of Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix began, Zahir Gilani was second-last in chips. He was joined on the final day by fellow Canadian and two-time bracelet winner Mark Radoja, who started off with the fifth-biggest stack. When the smoke cleared however, it was Gilani with the biggest payday among the Canadians, securing $46,048 for sixth place. Radoja exited a bit earlier, collecting $20,181 for 10th place.
The day belonged to Sebastian Langrock. The Austrian started the day in eighth place overall, but battled his way to heads up against the start of day chip leader Ryan Laplante. Heads up lasted just over 20 hands before Langrock took down the big prize. Laplante's second place was worth $165,983 while the win netted Langrock $268,555 in addition the bracelet.
Valcourt Top Canadian Finisher in Turbo Hold'em
Four Canadians found their way to the final day of play in Event #65: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) and with the tournament already in the cash by the end of Day 1, all Canadians on Day 2 got paid. David Valcourt was the top Canadian, finishing in 10th place overall for a cash of $13,242. Also cashing out on Day 2 were Thomas Taylor ($10,432), Devin Robinson ($6,725), and Ian Modder ($6,725).
The last man with chips in this tournament was Israeli Shai Zurr. He collected the top prize of $223,241 along with the bracelet when he won the heads-up match against Ognjen Sekularac, who pocketed $137,909 for second.
Spurvey Leads Sixteen Canadians into Day 2 of $1,500 Hold'em
After a full day of play in Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Christopher Spurvey leads the Canadian chip counts with a stack of 157,000, just 30,000 behind the chip leader, American Tommy Tran. Among the Canadians joining Spurvey on Day 2 are Foad Larki, Jess Bishop, Devin Khera, and Paul Sokoloff.
Tran is joined at the top of the chip counts by Akin Tuna of Germany (182,800) and Luke Marsh from the U.K. with 178,300 chips.
Charles Sylvestre Last Canadian Standing After Day 1 of Omaha High Roller
Day 1 of Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller drew a lot of high rollers with a starting field that included James Obst, Max Silver, JC Tran, Roberto Romanello, Brian Rast, and Sylvain Loosli, who made it through to Day 2, among many others who didn't make it through the first day.
The only Canadian to make Day 2 was Charles Sylvestre who bagged 201,000 chips, good for the 33rd-biggest bag.