The Weekly Review: WPT, PokerStars Championship, and Online Results
With the World Poker Tour (WPT) wrapping up at the Bicycle Casino in California and PokerStars finishing up in Barcelona, Spain, there were a couple of results involving Canadians in live poker this past week. For the first time in a month, there were no Canadians that final-tabled the Sunday Million on PokerStars; find out who had the best score and in what event in the Sunday Briefing. Daniel Negreanu also got bumped out of the top 10 on the Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings; find out who knocked him off the list in the GPI recap.
Here is your Weekly Review for August 27 to September 2, 2017:
Two Canadians Cash as Hellmuth Loses Heads-Up Battle For First WPT Title
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino was the next stop on the WPT for the WPT Legends of Poker. There were a total of 763 players who put up the $4,000 buy-in across three starting flights to create a prize pool of $2,738,407.
Matt Salsberg and Greg Mueller bagged the largest stacks among all Canadians in two of the three starting flights, but neither made it through Day 2, short of the money.
Two Canadians managed to cash though. Darren Healy finished in 55th position for $9,070 while Bill Germanis collected $10,405 for a 46th-place finish.
A stacked final six players saw past two-time WPT Champions JC Tran and Marvin Rettenmaier clash with 14-time WSOP bracelet winner and new WPT Raw Deal host Phil Hellmuth, as well as Art Papzyan, DJ Alexander, and Adam Swan.
The title came down to Art Papzyan and Phil Hellmuth, the later of which was still looking for an elusive first WPT title to add to the plethora of poker accolades that the “Poker Brat” has already collected. Papzyan ended up getting the better of Hellmuth to deny him of a first WPT title and collect $668,692. Hellmuth collected $364,370 for the runner-up finish. For the full article of how the final six placed, please click the link below.
Staples and Kruk Add Spadies to Their Names in Barcelona
With 51 events across 13 days, the PokerStars Championship Barcelona didn’t disappoint. The tournament series started off with a bang as two Canadians, Daniel Negreanu (ninth — €117,700) and Chris Kruk (sixth — €251,900) managed to be among the 11 players who cashed the €50,000 Super High Roller.
Canada’s first victory from the festival came from PokerStars Team Pro Online member Jaime Staples who ended up winning the €550 pot-limit Omaha turbo for €22,735.
The other player to join Staples in the winning circle from Canada was the aforementioned Chris Kruk who defeated a well-rounded field in the €5,200 hyper-turbo for €79,400.
For the full breakdown of how Canadians fared at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona, please click the link below.
“slarki1” Has Canada’s Top Sunday Score
The top scores from the Sunday majors came by the way of PokerStars. The biggest score came from “slarki1” whose runner-up finish in the Super-Sized Sunday gave them around $30,000 after prize money and bounties.
“torscotr06” started the day off with a third-place finish in the $215 Sunday Warmup. They pocketed $22,574.86 after only 1,316 players registered, making an overlay of over $10,000.
“OLD TIME GIN” beat a field of 78 players in the $1,050 Sunday Grand six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament to earn $21,052.98.
For the full results, please check out the link below.
Difelice Knocks Negreanu Out of Top 10
Ari Engel leads the overall GPI top 10 Canadians list for the 44th week in a row, well ahead of Mike Leah. Daniel Dvoress, Timothy Adams, and Sam Greenwood round out the top five. Daniel Negreanu, who was clinging to the last spot on the top 10 list, was knocked off by Alex Difelice. Difelice had some strong showings at the recent PokerStars Championship Barcelona in Spain this past week, which aided in him moving into the top 10.
Engel also holds onto the lead in the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race. Engel had a cash at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona which added more points to his total. Hot on the heels of Engel are Timothy Adams, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Leah, and Daniel Dvoress who are all within 350 points of the leader.
For the full rankings please check out the link below.