2012 WSOP, Day 17 & 18 – Canadians at Final Tables Everywhere!


Event #19 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Final Day

Philippe Boucher

Philippe Boucher was the lone Canuck returning to Day 3’s final 19; though he fell slight short of the Final Table, Boucher faired pretty decently just the same. Already the owner of one WSOPE bracelet, Boucher collected $25,048 for his 2nd cash of the summer and 15th place finish here.

American Clifford Goldkind lived up to his last name, winning the bracelet and $559,514.


  • Event #20 – $5,000 Limit Hold’em Championship – Final Day

Terrence Chan

Just one Canadian collected some cash in this one, as Vancouver’s Terrence Chan bagged his 6th cash of the 2012 WSOP; finishing a respectable 12th place for $15,830.

The USA’s Benjamin Scholl took this one down for $206,760.



  • Event #21 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Final Day

Jason Manggunio

17 of 2,799 players bagged and tagged at the end of Day 2 and amongst them were a few Of our own; Jason Manggunio of Richmond BC made the official final table, placing a notable 8th $42,749, while Hok-Leung Wong of Thornhill, Ontario just missed making the last table re-draw, placing 11th for $25,367.

On Day 2, quite a few Canadians also made the money as follows:

Patrice Rinfret grabed $10,228 for 34th, Manitoba’s Brian Friesen snatched up $5,794 for 58th. Robert Davis of New Brunswick placed 65th and Jaehwa Son of Ontario placed 70th with both collecting $4,887.

Moving down a pay jump, Gino Rosorto was 101st, Luc Campeau, 111th and Vaughn Till of Fort McMurray did some much needed work for Alberta finishing in 119th; all collected $2,771.

Rounding out those Canadians that made the payouts of the 228 players that began the day also included; Kam Low Richmond Hill (153rd), Laird McKeen (173rd), Victoria’s David Soutter (186th) and Montreal’s Christopher McClung (199th). All of the above list received $2,217 for their troubles.

It seems this author overlooked the top Canadian finisher in my report this one; Noah Vaillancourt of Cowichan Bay, BC came a very impressive 3rd place for $193,089!

Thank you to our one of our readers for pointing this out, we definitely want to make sure to extend our congratulations to Noah.

17 of 2,799 players bagged and tagged at the end of Day 2 and besides Noah, there were a few others of our own;



  • Event #22 – $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball – Final Day

Jason Lavallee

Montreal’s Jason Lavallee came the closest of our bracelet hunting Canadians over the past few days, with a very respectable 5th place worth $28,585!

Abbotsford’s Shawn Buchanan scored his first 2012 WSOP cash and final table with 6th place finish for $20,322, while Vancouver’s Daniel Idema put his 4th cash of this year’s WSOP up during Day 2 play, finishing 15th for $6,250

Both of the latter are part of our “2012 WSOP Ones to Watch-British Columbia”, so this author in particular is quite pleased to see them crushing!





  • Event #23 – $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max – Day 2

924 players started and at the time of writing, Simon Charette (“2012 WSOP Ones to Watch-Ontario) and Gavin Smith were tearing things up and sitting 4th and 12th of the less than 40 remaining players. Scott Montgomery was also still in the mix of things.

Moose Jaw’s David Arnold made his own nice run, finishing 40th for $9,787.

Finally putting an in the money finish for “2012 Ones To Watch-Maritimes”, Halifax’s Owen Crowe was the first of our picks to get the job done after placing 76th for $5,927. Vancouver’s Brad Booth (73rd) and Burlington’s Timothy Adams (70th) came in not far behind Owen for the same payday. Eric Finesilver also squeaked into the cash, coming in 106th for $5,019.


  • Event #24 – $500 Omaha 8 Hi-Low Split – Day 2

Matthew Wood, Pat Pezzin, Paul Somoloff and Stephen Ladowsky were still in contention as the field dwindled towards the final 100 of 226 entries; we won’t get long winded with this update as they are still miles away from the payouts. By Wednesday however, we’ll be sure to have a much clearer picture.


  • Event #25 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout – Day 1

366 players entered this one, with at least a few of our Canadian favorites moving on to the money and their second table tomorrow. 50 players will return and play down to a final table of 10.


So far, we have:


Montreal’s Christopher McClung, (2012-WSOP Ones to Watch-Quebec), who is already guaranteed his second in the money finish of the season, after cashing just a few days ago in Event #21.

Mike Leah will also play a second table and make his first cash this WSOP, defeating Viktor Blom to carve up another notch on the “2012 WSOP Ones To Watch-Toronto” list.

They are all guaranteed $3,088 so far and that will jump to at least $7,164 if they can outlast 9 players on Day 2.

Greg Mueller has also been heads up on his first table for quite some time, we’ll have to check up on how that works out, as well as if there are any other Canadians still in tomorrow, as it’s now well past dark and Level 7. We have faith that Greg will get it done, after all Mueller has already made one final table after barely having arrived in Vegas…


  • Event #26- $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 1

Of the almost 500 that were already registered at 10:00pm EST, the poker household names of Daniel Negreanu, Nenad Medic and Sorel Mizzi immediately jumped out at us from the “notables” chip count list.

It’s going to take some time for those live reports coming the scene to catch up, with 6 other events currently on the go at one stage or another, so it’s probably best to take a deeper look at which Canadians are in this one come Day 2…


STARTING TODAY (Wednesday June 13th)


  • Event #27 – $1,500 H.O.R.S.E

Thankfully, there will be only one event starting today, giving the players and staff a breather of sorts; the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

For those newbies not familiar with this particular format play will alternate between Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better; then changing to the next poker discipline every 8 hands.

Considered an event that tests all the skills for the true “poker” players of the game, this one carries with-it some hefty bragging rights.



























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