This Thursday was Day 44 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 44, the Main Event was in action as well as the Little One for One Drop event. Here’s a look at the day with an eye on the Canadian contingent:
The Main Event is In the Money
Three became one on Thursday. The three starting flights of Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event - World Championship were all consolidated into one field for the first time on Thursday for Day 3. That made for 2,575 players taking seats at the start of the day.
The day came to an end a little after 1 a.m. when the money bubble burst and the 1,084 remaining players are now guaranteed to pocket at least $15,000. Of course, the $1 million guarantee for making the final table is the real goal, and the $8.15 million awaiting the winner.
The player best-positioned to make a deep run is American Patrick Lavecchia with 1,552,000 chips, holding the largest stack of all remaining players. The top Canadian stack belongs to David Ormsby with 1,206,000, good for 14th overall in the chip counts.
Other Canadians to survive into the money included Andrew Yip (1,051,000), Mark Radoja (707,000), Shyam Srinivasan (677,000), Timothy Adams (580,000), Alex Arsenault (560,000), Greg Mueller (541,000), Michael Malm (401,000), Jonas Mackoff (389,000), Gavin Smith (356,000), Peter Jetten (314,000), Sam Chartier (312,000), Anthony Diotte (242,000), Logan Dunn (226,000), Laurence Grondin (184,000), Eric Wasylenko (113,000), Ron Giles (47,000), Kyle Hartree (45,000), among many others.
All of the surviving players will return at 11 a.m. on Friday to resume play in Day 4, and they’re all now guaranteed to collect a payout.
Brar Tops Canadians in Day 1c of Little One for One Drop
The three starting flights into Event #74: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em are now complete with Day 1c closing registration on Thursday. The final tally came to 4,391 entries across all three starting days, creating a prize pool of just under $4 million.
Thursday’s flight, specifically, received 2,484 entries, and 470 survived the day. Combined with the survivors of Day 1a and Day 1b, 784 players will be back for Day 2 on Friday and 659 of them will make it into the money.
Day 1c was topped by Germany’s Giuseppe Pantaleo who bagged 335,800 chips. The top Canadian of the day was Jaspal Brar with 133,200.
After being eliminated from the Main Event before the money, Daniel Negreanu also entered and survived the day in this tournament, bagging 56,500 for Friday. Richard Mullen (37,700), Sorel Mizzi (36,600), and Ryan Smith (24,900) were a few other notable Canadians who did well in The Little One for One Drop on Thursday.