Simon “pokerbrat13” Charette made things happen in a big way at the World Series of Poker in the early hours of Thursday morning, besting the starting field of 924 to capture his first bracelet and the $567,624 first place prize money in Event #23, the $3,000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em.
Charette was one of the best Canadian performers of the 2011 World Series of Poker, with 6 cashes totaling more than $400,000. He nearly snagged his first bracelet then, coming a gut wrenching 2nd after losing several flips. That’s all in the past now as the tables have turned as once again in the last few critical hands of the tournament Simon won both coin tosses to quickly eliminate the 3rd and 2nd place finishers.
A big Congratulations to Simon, hard earned and well deserved!
Event #23 – $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max – Final Day
By the time Day 3 rolled around, just 3 tables and 18 players remained and 2 Ontario players remained; Toronto’s Simon “pokerbrat13” Charette and Perth’s Scott Montgomery were still in the mix of things.
Scott would unfortunately out on the official final table bubble, placing 7th and taking home $49,214 for his 15th WSOP career cash.
Montgomery’s impressive WSOP poker tournament track record to date includes a bracelet win in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em back in 2010 worth more than $480,000 and a 5th place finish on the “big stage” of the 2008 World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship worth more than $3,000,000. In terms of money won, Scott currently sits in 8th of all time on the Canadian Live Tournaments money list.
Guelph’s Gavin Smith also put his third cash of the 2012 World Series of Poker late on Day 2, finishing in 27th worth $13,722.
Event #24 – $500 Omaha 8 Hi-Low Split – Final Day
Ontario Matthew Wood was the lone Canadian to make the money in this one, finishing 21st of 226 and earning $10,348 for his efforts.
Even with Wood gone, the all USA player final table was sure to have Canadian’s tuning in to watch the live stream as at the time of writing Phil Ivey had the chip lead on what is already his third 3rd final table of the 2012.
As of 2:00AMEST that hadn’t changed, with 2 players hanging onto just a few big blinds. No matter what happens, this will also be his 4th cash of the summer, with his first 3 totaling a hefty $315,000. Ivey has already narrowly missed his 9th WSOP bracelet this summer, finishing 2nd on the same night Hellmuth picked up his 12th a few days back.
Ivey will try once again to narrow that gap between them and looks to get at least Heads Up for this bracelet and $294,777 as at 3:00AM EST he sits just behind the chip leader, 3 handed, with a short stack sitting behind them.
We’ll let you know that turns out as soon as we can.
Event #25 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout – Day 2
50 players of 366 starting entries returned to play down to the unofficial a final table of 10. It will be an all American bout on Thursday’s Day 3, as they gun for the bracelet and $116,118 and first place prize money.
As for our boys, here are how things turned out:
Montreal’s Christopher McClung (23rd), Toronto’s Mike Leah (48th) and Vancouver’s Greg Mueller (50th) were all eliminated during Day 2 action; earning $3088 for their troubles.
Event #26- $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 2
589 players had bought in by the time late registration closed Tuesday night, but only 138 still had chips to play with at the end of the evening. By 3:30am EST of Day 2, Alberta’s Damian Minev is the lone Canadian still having a shot at moving on to Day 3.
He’s looking at taking in at least $10,757 already for his performance in this one, sitting around the middle of the pack when 26 remained. However, we’re sure like all the other tough players remaining in the field, $361,797 and a shiny gold bracelet will be his preferred outcome.
An Albertan has never won a WSOP bracelet, so there are also some hefty bragging rights and provincial pride to help motivate Minev.
Edmonton’s Jaspal “Paul” Brar went deep again, finishing a respectable 29th for $8,812. This is Brar’s 2nd cash of the 2012 WSOP, after a 45th place finish of 730 players in Event #13, a $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shawn Buchanan also put up his second cash, just making the payouts with 62nd place finish worth $5,226.
Event #27 – $1,500 H.O.R.S.E – Day 1
With all of the evenings other excitement, we ah en’t got much to go as far as Day 1 standings quite yet; 889 players entered and so far we see Vancover’s Daniel Idema in good shape to make his fifth cash of the 2012 WSOP while Gavin Smith is shooting for number four with just 200 players remaining. 96 spots will pay with one of poker’s most coveted titles and $267,081 set aside for the winner.
Event #28 – $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em 4 Max – Day 1
If you think 6 max is intense, be sure to check out the action when there are 2 less seats set out at the poker table; there will be 3, 4 and 5 betting o’plenty as short handed specialists play a wide open range. In poker format, almost any 2 will do; if you really know what your doing and how to read your opponents dead on that is.