The Weekly Review: Prop Bets, Edmonton Poker, MicroMillions, and Sunday Domination
Who doesn’t like a good weight loss prop bet? This edition of the Weekly Review features an update to the Staples vs. Perkins weight loss bet. Casino Yellowhead’s Pure Poker Summer Showdown also wrapped up this past weekend along with the ever-popular MicroMillions on PokerStars. One Canadian grinder captured all the headlines during last Sunday’s online poker tournament grind, and Ari Engel finds himself as Canada’s best live tournament poker player for the 40th-straight week.
Here is your Weekly Review for July 30 to August 5, 2017:
Jaime and Matt Staples Closing In On Prop Bet Glory
Jaime and Matt Staples weighed in at 305 pounds and 134 pounds respectively when they started a prop bet with Bill Perkins. The bet: to get to within a pound of each other by March 26, 2018, and risking $3,000 to win a potential $150,000.
The Staples brothers started the bet 170 pounds apart and have closed the gap to a much closer 90 pounds. Jaime is down 51 pounds while Matt has put on 35 pounds. With just over six months to go, Jaime puts the odds at 90 percent for them to reach the same weight by the deadline day.
Taranvir Vander Captures Pure Poker Summer Showdown Glory
The Pure Poker Summer Showdown at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton wrapped up this past weekend for the first major poker tournament in Canada since the conclusion of the WSOP. The $1,100 Main Event concluded the series featuring a combined field of 254 entries across two starting flights, creating a prize pool worth $241,300.
Some of the who’s who on the Alberta poker scene managed to make the final table including Sam Ngai (seventh — $8,080), Bashar Ramahi (fifth — $11,620), Jody Fayant (fourth — $15,050), and Devin Verstraelen (third — $24,730).
The tournament came down to Shahram Taghavizadeh and Taranvir Vander who had close to a $13,000 heads-up battle on their hands. After the final card was dealt, it was Taranvir Vander who bested his opponent, capturing $55,410 for the victory while Taghavizadeh received the second-place prize of $38,960
”hahahasucker” Wins Big During MicroMillions Main Event
The PokerStars MicroMillions is the biggest low-stakes online poker festival in world and, with 129 events from July 16 to -31, it did not disappoint.
This year’s Main Event featured a $22 buy-in with a $1 million guarantee. The players came out in droves and with 85,090 entries, smashed the guarantee by over $700,000.
Five players, including Canada’s “hahahasucker”, made a deal which saw each of them receive at least $70,000. “hahahasucker” made it to heads-up play, securing over $75,000, but with an additional $20,000 to play for, tried to increase his payout. Unfortunately, he was unable to win the heads-up battle against “ElCheikhh” and had to settle for second place, receiving, $75,692.78. “ElCheikhh” won $95,829.86 for the victory and the honour of being the MicroMillions 13 Main Event Champion.
Mike Gentili Gets Two Major Titles iIn One Day
Mike Gentili had himself a weekend to remember during the online Sunday grind. First, he found a win in the partypoker $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight for $45,812.58. One major victory wasn’t enough for the Canadian grinder as he also made the final table and then eventually took down the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday Grand No-Limit Hold’em for another $32,094.45.
Former WSOP Main Event final tablist Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger managed to run deep in the biggest online poker tournament of the week, the PokerStars Sunday Million. This $215 tournament had 6,262 entries to create a prize pool of $1,252,400. Benger managed to make the final table but ultimately was the first one out, busting in ninth place for $9,877.05.
Ari Engel Remains On Top During Stagnant Week of Live Poker
With the World Series of Poker wrapped up for another year, there was a lull in the live poker tournament landscape. With the lack of major live poker tournaments, Ari Engel remained in control of the GPI top 10 Canadian list and the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race.
The race for 2017 Canadian Player of year honours will heat up in the coming months with Timothy Adams, Daniel Dvoress, Daniel Negreanu, and Mike Leah all within striking distance of Engel.