Two Bracelets Come to Canada from 2018 World Series of Poker
With Justin Bonomo likely still stacking his piles of cash from winning Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em, the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is now in the books. After 78 events spread over nearly eight weeks, a grand total of 123,865 entries were recorded across the events, generating prize pools well in excess of $250,000,000.
As usual, Canadians played a significant part in the numbers. While the Americans always put the biggest team on the WSOP field, Canada had the second-highest number of players in Vegas this year with 5,128 Canucks showing up to try their hand for a bracelet, second only to 2014 in the last six years of results. Two Canadians managed to secure one of those coveted bits of jewelry, up from 2017 when we managed to collect just one, but well off the huge total of 10 we racked up in 2013.
|Year||Total Entries||Countries Represented||Bracelet Events||American Entries (Bracelets)||Canadian Entries (Bracelets)|
|2018||123,865||104||78||89,533 (54)||5,128 (2)|
|2017||120,995||111||74||94,087 (49)||4,951 (1)|
|2016||107,833||107||69||84,027 (52)||4,586 (1)|
|2015||103,512||111||68||82,439 (46)||4,871 (4)|
|2014||82,360||107||65||78,165 (51)||6,045 (0)|
|2013||79,471||106||62||57,040 (41)||4,118 (10)|
Both Canadian bracelets came in lower-buy-in, bigger-field events. The first one came in the lowest buy-in event of the series, Event #11: PLO GIANT - $365 Pot-Limit Omaha, when Calgary's Tim Andrew powered his way through a field of 3,250 entries to collect $117,024 and the bracelet. This was only one of three cashes of Andrew's live poker career, and by far his biggest score, coming after a second-place finish in the $220 PLO event at the Deerfoot Winter Super Stack Series in Calgary in February this year for his first live cash of $3,550. Andrew also scored more WSOP money later in the series with a 25th-place finish in Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed worth $13,565.
Canada's second bracelet came more than half way through the series in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK, and Tommy Nguyen became an instant millionaire as a result. The Mississauga grinder had an impressive money total prior to this event after coming eighth in the $5,300 partypoker MILLIONS Main Event in Kahnawake this past April for a score of $215,000, but his bracelet win over 6,260 runners dwarfed that with a payday in US dollars of $1,037,451 in addition to his first gold bracelet.
Beyond the bracelets, Canadians had quite a few cashes and final tables at this year's event. Canadians walked to the cage for a payout 833 times throughout the series, for a total of $7,995,246, and ended up sitting at the final table of 21 tournaments — more than a quarter of the events on the schedule. Six of those final tables featured two or more Canadians, and two events, Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha and Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK, featured three Canadians among the final nine.
Mike Leah is among the Canadian honourable mentions after he ended up at four final tables across the series, with his best result coming in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship when he finished fourth for $364,197. He was joined at that prestigious final table (eventually won, for the third time, by Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi) by fellow Canuck Greg Mueller who booked a seventh-place finish worth $144,049.
Another Canadian notable, as always, was Daniel Negreanu. While he once again failed to increase his bracelet count, he did find himself at two final tables this series. Negreanu's best result this year at the series came from a third-place finish in Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix for $59,788.
That's a wrap for the Canadian perspective on WSOP 2018. See you at the Rio in 2019.