The Weekly Review: Ari Engel Cashes WPT and Still Leads GPI, SIGA Poker Championship Begins
This week in Canadian poker headlines, the World Poker Tour returned with one Canadian hoping to make a deep run. The Global Poker Index also returned, as well as the weekly Canadian Sunday Briefing of online results.
Here is your Weekly Review for October 1 to 7, 2017:
SIGA Poker Championship Underway
The 2017 Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) Poker Championship is underway at Dakota Dunes Casino. Day 1a of the $675 buy-in tournament wrapped up Friday, October 6, seeing 143 entries, while a second Day 1 takes place on Saturday, October 7. The tournament comes to a conclusion with all remaining participants from both Day 1s returning on Sunday, October 8, to play down to a winner.
PokerNews Canada is in attendance and will be providing updates throughout the event.
Engel Has Lone Canadian Cash in Maryland
The World Poker Tour (WPT) was back in action this past week in Maryland after a bit of a hiatus. There was a $2 million guarantee up for grabs for the $3,500 Main Event, and with two Day 1 flights, it fell short of the guarantee, seeing only 561 entries.
Canadian Ari Engel finished Day 1b with the second-biggest chip stack, while Shyam Srinivasan also crossed the border but was unable to finish Day 1b with a stack.
Engel managed to make good use of his big chip stack but ended up falling short of the final table, falling in 27th place for $13,900.
The eventual winner was Art Papazyan who took home $389,405 for his second WPT title of the year.
”takechip” Has a Run in Both Sunday Grands
With all online sites finishing their tournament festivals, the Sunday schedule was back to normal at partypoker, 888poker, and PokerStars.
This week, the big winner was Philippe “takechip” D’Auteuil who pulled off double final tables in both versions of the Sunday Grand over on PokerStars. He had a third-place in the $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em version for $25,539, and a fourth-place finish in the $1,050 pot-limit Omaha version $12,433. Alex “dynoalot” Difelice was the runner-up in the PLO version for $22,061.
Three Canadians made the final table of the High Roller event on partypoker. The $530 buy-in tournament featured a prize pool of $150,000 guaranteed and saw 419 players take a seat. “p0chkmonsta” was the top Canadian finisher in the event with a fourth-place finish for $14,628 while Mike “mgentili” Gentili finished in fifth for $10,616 and “mehpkr” finished in eighth for $4,057.
For the full results of the Sunday grind from this past weekend, please click on the link below.
Leah Jumps Two Spots to Close Gap On Engel in 2017 Canadian PoY Race
The Global Poker Index (GPI) is the ranking system for live tournament poker players which analyzes the results of players over six half-rear periods.
Ari Engel still holds onto the top spot in the overall GPI top 10 Canadians list, followed by Mike Leah, Timothy Adams, Daniel Dvoress, and Sam Greenwood. This is the 49th-straight week that Engel has held the lead in this category.
Mike Leah climbed two spots to second place, behind Ari Engel for the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the year race. Leah has closed the gab down to under 100 points with a fourth-place finish in the $2,200 buy-in World Cup of Cards Canadian Poker Championship in September. Daniel Negreanu, Timothy Adams, and Daniel Dvoress round out the top five.
For the full rankings of how Canadians are doing, click on the article linked below.