The Weekly Review: Negreanu Leads Canadian PoY Race, Fayant Tops Wynn
There was lots of live poker happening around North America with the wrap-up of the Great Canadian Freeze Out in Edmonton, a Canadian grinder winning the Wynn Classic High Roller, conclusion of the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event, and a Global Poker Index update with the most decorated Canadian poker player atop the Canadian POY Race.
Here is your Weekly review for March 4 to 11, 2018:
Jody Fayant Wins Wynn Classic High Roller
One of Canada’s familiar faces around the Western Canada poker scene had a big score in Vegas this past week. Jody Fayant survived Day 1 of the $3,150 High Roller at the Wynn Classic with 14 big blinds and a dream of more than a US$100,000 score in the 131-entry field. He started Day 2 with an extremely tough table draw, seeing Eli Elezra, Matt Affleck, and Ben Yu at his table. He proceeded to defy the odds though and brought the title to Canada by outlasting them all and capturing the $116,000 first-place prize.
Aaron Haw Collects Great Canadian Freeze Out Championship
The Great Canadian Freeze Out wrapped up its six-event series at Cash Casino’s Nevada Poker Room in Calgary.
The Main Event featured a $660 buy-in, which saw 350 entries across four Day 1 starting flights. After the dust had settled, it was Aaron Haw besting Xiao Dong Deng in a heads-up battle for the $44,000 first-place prize. Deng received $39,850 for the runner-up finish. Notables to make the final table were Thomas Taylor, who finished seventh for $8,200, and Bill Thomson, who finished eighth for $6,300.
One Canadian Cash at WPT Rolling Thunder
The second leg of the California set of stops of the World Poker Tour (WPT) was the WPT Rolling Thunder from the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento. The tournament featured a $3,500 buy-in and saw 440 entries.
The only Canadian to cash the event was Ari Engel who managed a 21st-place finish to collect $10,030.
David Larson managed to top the field en route to a $295,128 payday along with his name on the WPT Champions Trophy after beating Ian Steinman heads up and eliminating 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, Joe McKeehen, in third place for $131,081.
Negreanu Leads 2018 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-year periods.
Ari Engel still tops the list of overall top Canadian tournament player while sitting in fifth place in the global ranks. Sam Greenwood, Mike Leah, Timothy Adams, and Kristen Bicknell trail him to round out the top five spots in Canada.
The 2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race is heating up in the third month of the year now. Daniel Negreanu holds onto the top spot just under 200 points ahead of Ari Engel. Negreanu also sits in third place of the overall GPI Player of the Year race while Engel sits in seventh.