It’s probably not a big shocker to anybody that both Jonathan Duhamel and Daniel Negreanu grabbed seats, the two winningest players Canucks of all time, but who else ponied up the big bucks?
It’s not the usual Watson, Benger or McDonald you’d expect as staples at such nose-bleed stakes, but rather a few of our top guns that really have shown that when the timing is right, they love a challenge. Vancouver’s Greg Mueller practically prints cash at the World Series of Poker and has always been known to support a good cause, while Burlington’s Timothy Adams has been consistently climbing the money lists himself. Winnipeg’s Haralabous Voulgaris on the other hand rarely takes to the felts these days, as one of the most successful sports bettor and handicappers on the planet, but when he does, he doesn’t play for chump change. “Haralabob” was also one of the few Canadian born players to enter the $1,000,000 “Big One For One Drop” in 2012. Fittingly, there is also Toronto’s Matt Marafioti, a man who loves to talk about and flaunt wealth; naturally he’s not sitting this one out.
Of course, all of poker’s biggest names from across the globe, as well as some millionaire/billionaire philanthropists, are also amongst the 166 entries making up the nearly $18,000,000 prize-pool; many are focused on the $4,830,619 first place money, but all are also proud to support the clean water for those less fortunate initiative. It’s going to be an exciting next couple of days.
As for other news, it’s been a few days since we’ve seen one of our own take one down. When we left you last, Kara Scott and Griffin Benger were onto Day 3 in Event #40, a $1,500 NLH with 2,161 runners. Both players fell a bit short though, with Griffin placing 14th for $23,513 and Scott taking 17th for $18,700. Rounding out the top 20 was Elmvale’s David Mcmann in 19th; good for $15,024.
In Event #41, a $5,000 Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha, Vancouver’s Joseph Leung had a nice six figure score, making a deep run in 4th for $128,742. Sorel Mizzi had been the Day 1 chip leader, but would find his progress cut short in 16th for $19,646, while Negreanu came 34th for $10,960 to close out the list of in the money finishers in this one.
We were watching Winnipeg’s Zenni Petros at the top of the pack after Day 1 of another $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, Event #42, but Day 2 and 57th for would the end of the road for him, and past bracelet winner Andre Boyer shortly after; both earning just under $5,000. Wang Tat Cheng and Mark Defaria would be end up being our last two standing, with Mark coming 26th for a little better than $10k.
Event #43, a $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw seen some of our high rollers take a shot, but all of them hit the showers before the pay-out spots.
Event #44 is another No Limit Hold’em, this time a $3,000. With play reaching the final table at the time of writing, our last contender was long gone in 23rd. Matt Marafioti occupied that spot, cashing for slightly shy of $18,000.
It’s now curtains for the Canucks in Event #45 as well, with last man standing Garth Arnason busting 23rd of 678 for $6,242 in the $1,500 “Ante Only” tournament.
We still have a shot at breaking into a double digit bracelet count after this week though, as 4 of our players remain in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (Event #46). The money starts at the 45th spot, with Paul Sokoloff, Sonu Sharma, Gavin Smith and Stephen Ladowsky all still looking up at the $279,000 top prize when 63 of 435 entries were left.
The Main Event is fast approaching, as #47 is the $111,111 One Drop High roller and #48, a $2,500 Six Handed Limit Hold’em also got under way. In a little more than a week, we’ll have reached the last chance players will have to make their dreams of gold come true; good luck to all of you!