WSOP Day 40: Canadian Hrair Yapoudjian Finishes Runner-Up in The Giant

Hrair Yapoudjian WSOP

This Sunday was Day 40 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 40, four different tournaments were active, including another starting flight of the Main Event. All but the Main Event were on their final day, awarding bracelets in each. Here’s a look at the action with an eye on the Canadian contingent:

Yapoudjian Claims Second in The Giant

Hrair Yapoudjian
Hrair Yapoudjian

Sunday was the final day of Event #19: The Giant - $365 No-Limit Hold’em which had five starting flights across five Friday nights starting in early June. Just 27 remained for the final day on Sunday and Canada’s Hrair Yapoudjian returned to the tables with the second-best stack. Proving himself consistent, he also finished the day in the same place he started it: second place. Yapoudjian finished runner-up for $180,455 while American Dieter Dechant claimed the win, the WSOP gold bracelet, and the $291,906 top prize.

May Gets Ladies Gold

Heidi May
Heidi May

Also on its final day on Sunday was Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Just five players remained with Australian Heidi May holding the most chips when play resumed. May finished the day in the same place, finding the victory and $135,098 to go with the bracelet.

Wattel Wins Second Bracelet in $10K Stud Championship After 18 Years

Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

The third bracelet to be won on Sunday was in Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship where 29 players returned for the final day. Mike Wattel emerged the victor, earning his second bracelet and $245,451. This bracelet follows his first that was won 18 years ago! The runner-up was Chris Ferguson for $151,700, denied his sixth bracelet but awarded the lead in the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race.

Cheng Leads Canadians in Large Main Event Day 1b

2017 WSOP Main Event Display

After a strong Day 1a on Saturday, Day 1b of Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event - World Championship was also a big one. The 2,164 players made for the largest Day 1b field in six years.

When play paused at the end of the day, 1,643 players still had a stack to carry forward to Day 2. Argentina’s Richard Dubini bagged the chip lead with 254,500. Sitting ninth overall was Canadian with 214,400, and Sammy Lafleur wasn’t far behind with 196,200, good for 13th in the day’s counts.

Fatima Nanji (110,000), Terrence Chan (101,800), Kyle Hartree (100,800), Jean-Pascal Savard (95,400), Justin Oliver (89,100), Shyam Srinivasan (78,000), Jonathan Duhamel (67,500), David Quang (66,400), Sam Greenwood (61,100), Eric Wasylenko (60,800), Mike Watson (58,400), Ron Giles (50,700), Luc Greenwood (38,600), Jonas Mackoff (30,600), Peter Jetten (24,200), Matt Jarvis (15,200), Timothy Adams (9,800), and Marcus Mizzi (6,500) were just some of the many Canadians to survive Day 1b.

The third and final flight into the 2017 WSOP Main event will be on Monday. Day 1c kicks off at 11 a.m. local time.

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