Three Spadies Won by Canadians at PokerStars Championship Prague

Timothy Adams

The poker year comes to a close each year just before the holidays after PokerStars Championship Prague where players congregate in the idyllic winter city.

Poker tournaments fill 12 days with many of the world’s best players taking part in the action. Among them, Canadians brought home a good chunk of the prize money.

It all kicked off with a €1,100 no-limit hold’em tournament that received 203 entries. Canadian Jeffrey Sarwer found a seventh-place finish for €7,000 to start the tally of Canuck cashes.

Following that, the €10,300 eight-max only paid seven people, but two of them were Canadian. Sam Greenwood took the min-cash of €24,900, but Timothy Adams made it as far as third before claiming a €69,000 payout.

One of the highlight events of the series was the €1,100 National Championship that was up next. But no Canadians made the final table of that event — a tournament with more than €2 million in prizes.

The first Canadian win came in the €50,000 Super High Roller where the same two Canadians were among the six players who cashed as in the €10,300. Sam Greenwood made an appearance, pocketing €147,000 in fifth place. And Timothy Adams was the deeper finisher again, this time earning the win and €555,000.

The €2,200 National High Roller had two Canadians on the final table of the 627-entry tournament. David Guay finished third for €103,680, while Hani Bahna was the runner-up for €173,500.

The €5,300 PokerStars Championship Main Event received an impressive 855 entries, pushing the prize pool over €4 million. But no Canadians made a noteworthy run at the top end of the prizes.

The Main Event was followed by a €550 no-limit hold’em tournament where Canadian Jeffrey Sarwer made his second final table of the series. He finished in sixth place for €11,400.

In the €2,150 turbo, Michael Bailey represented our nation at the final table, ultimately finishing in sixth place for €11,500.

The €25,500 no-limit hold’em received 52 entries, paying seven, and Canadian Chris Kruk found third place for €185,000.

Another €1,100 no-limit hold’em event had Canadian Charles La Boissonniere at the final table, finishing in sixth for €11,730.

The second spadie won by a Canadian was in the €550 pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event where Jean-Philippe Piquette earned €8,300 for the victory.

With a small buy-in of €330, a turbo version of the Main Event received 131 entries and Canadian Ali Matin found sixth place for €2,200.

Then a €2,150 turbo six-max gave Daniel Dvoress his only final table of the series. He finished in fifth place for €16,100.

The series concluded with Event #43, a €1,100 hyper-turbo. When only two players remained, both were Canadians, guaranteeing a third spadie for our nation. Michael Bailey ultimately fell in second place for €13,450 on his second final table of the series. Eric Wasylenko was the winner for €18,730.

Congratulations to the Canadians who represented our country well in Prague. Live tournament action will be back in January. Until then, enjoy the holidays!

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