As the anticipation throughout the Canadian poker scene continues to surround the great chance we have as a country to bring home the WSOP main event title in November with two players (Jonathon Duhamel and Matt Jarvis) both at the final table, the global poker scene has shifted its gaze onto London for the few weeks.
The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) began yesterday at the Casino at The Empire in the middle of London, England. This is the fourth straight year that the WSOP has been held in Europe, and with five gold bracelet events on the schedule, the 2010 WSOPE will be the biggest WSOP event ever that wasn’t hosted in Las Vegas.
The 2010 schedule is as follows:
September 14 – £2,650 6-handed No Limit Hold’em Event (3 days)
September 16 – £5,250 Pot Limit Omaha Event (3 days)
September 17 – £1,075 No Limit Hold’em Event (5 days)
September 21 – £10,350 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads Up Event (3 days)
September 23 – £10,350 WSOPE No Limit Hold’em Championship (6 days)
So what does this mean for Canadian poker fans?
Well, most notably, Daniel Negreanu is returning to this event after his heart-breaking 2nd place finish in the Main Event last year. He was unable to beat Barry Shulman heads-up from the short-stack position when it got down to just the two of them and after working diligently to gain the chip lead, Negreanu’s 2009 tournament hopes (and another gold bracelet) were drowned by the river.
With the flop coming Jc 8d, 5d, Negreanu check-raised Shulman only to see his opponent shove on him immediately. Negreanu was holding Qc Jd and after much deliberation decided on a call, only to see Shulman holding pocket aces. The turn brought the Jh and Negreanu was now one card away from the title and bringing home another WSOP bracelet home to Canada, when the Ad came on the river crushing Daniel’s hopes.
Despite the loss a few hands later, Negreanu took home £495,589 for his second place finish which allowed him to become the poker’s all time leading tournament money winner with over 12 million in earnings. Yet, this glory was once again short lived when Phil Ivey officially cashed at the final table of the WSOP main event that concluded in November and Ivey has since increased his lead with another gold bracelet and more cashes. If Negreanu can have another great showing or even win the main event, he will once again be chasing down Phil Ivey on the tournament career earnings list.
Good luck Daniel.