2012 WSOP, Day 20- Daniel Idema Grabs 5th Cash, Gavin Smith Looking Good To Make #4


Event #24 – $5000 Omaha 8 Hi-Low Split – Final Day

Joe Cassidy

Phil Ivey missed bracelet #9, going out in 3rd for $136,046 and has now taken over the WSOP Player of The Year points lead. So far, Ivey has cashed for nearly $450,000 with 3 final table finishes at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Scotty Nguyen and Joe Cassidy had to return for a Day 4 Heads Up battle, as play ran late enough to force the hard stop rule to shut things down.

Day 4 looks to have taken nearly another 5 hours for the two to determine the champion; Scotty was denied his 6th bracelet while Joe picked up his first and the $294,777 top prize money.


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

Just an “unofficial” WSOP final table of 10 returned on Thursday to determine a winner.

It was an all American affair and at the end Brian Meinders took home the $116,118 and first place prize money.


Event #26- $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Final Day

589 started on Day 1, but by Wednesday night, only Alberta’s Damian Minev was the lone Canadian still having a shot at moving on to Day 3, as we shut our computers down for the evening, with 26 players left to go.

It wasn’t long after, that Damian went out in 24th for $10,757. By the time play ended, only 18 players wound up moving ahead to the final day’s battle; hopefully a Day 4 is not required, but at after 2:00AM EST 6 players still remained. Vadzim Kursevich of Belarus has been chip leader for what seems to have the better part of the day and we have a hunch this would be his home countries first WSOP title.

*Update: Things wound up wrapping up quite quickly; Vadzim took 3rd for $158,530 while “poker rapper” Brett Richey finished runner up for $233,492 to Austin Scott.

Along with the coveted bracelet, Scott earned $361,797 for the win.


  • Event #27 – $1,500 H.O.R.S.E – Day 2

Daniel Idema

Vancouver’s Daniel Idema has officially secured his 5th cash of the 2012 WSOP and was looking to be in great form at that, holding the chip lead soon after the 96 pay-out spot bubble burst.

A little later in the evening, Aaron Duczak of Kamloops British Columbia would put his 2nd cash of the summer up on the board, with a 56th place finish worth $3,876. This is his 7th poker career cash at either WSOP or WSOPC events; 3 of which just happen to be in H.O.R.S.E events.

Idema was unfortunately eliminated near the end of the day in 24th for $7,116, while only 18 players now remained in the battle for the bragging rights, bracelet and $267,081 top prize. No Canadian names jump out as still in contention just yet, but as the Day 3 numbers and flags are updates, we will be sure to take a second look.


  • Event #28 – $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em 4 Max – Day 1

We thought there would be lot’s of 4 and 5 betting, but apparently taking things to a 6 bet were pretty standard for this one. 750 players bought in and after only about 7 hours of play, a third of that number remained.

With only 6 players to go before the money bubble popped, play ended for the evening with Gavin Smith looking to be a lock for cash #4, sitting around the middle of the pack with about 62,000 chips.

$392,467 will accompany the bracelet for winning this one, with only the final 80 players making any dough at all; we’ll check back tomorrow to see which other Canadians are also still in it to win it.




  • Event #29 – $1000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship

(Must be 50 years of age or older)

This one usually draws in some pretty big fields, as some of pokers more “seasoned veterans” like their chances even more with-out all the ultra aggressive “new-school” poker riff-raff in the mix. (Kidding of course).

It is a great way to let some of our more “experienced” recreational players get a little bit more bang for their buck in terms of a slightly more restricted field. All that aside, many of poker’s greatest players have been on this earth long enough to qualify to play age wise, with more time on he poker table spent on the poker table that many players have been alive.

It’s definitely going to be a good one and sure to have some final table surprises, with Day 1 getting underway Friday.


  • Event #30 – 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) $1,500

With 60 events on the 2012 World Series of Poker schedule, we have now hit the half-way point with this one kicking off Friday. No Limit Hold’em only specialists will must likely take the opportunity to get a bit of rest in before Saturday brings on yet another massive $1,500 event.

Pretty much all the pros will turn out as an this will be another smaller field opportunity to bracelet hunt, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see some very proficient “unknowns” with the same ambitions looking to make their own names for themselves here.






































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