Event #27 – $1,500 H.O.R.S.E – Day 3
After Vancouver’s Daniel Idema’s elimination late on Day 2, no Canadian players would be left in contention in this one. Day 3 seen 18 hopefuls returning on Friday and in the end…a Day 4 will be required.
David Chiu has the current chip lead with roughy half the chips in play (~1.9 million), but Yion Schwartz isn’t really than far behind him (~1.3 million). Stephen Chidwick has a hair under 800,000 so clearly the tables can quickly turn for these final 3 contenders. One way or another, a winner should be determined quickly on Saturday, but only time will tell.
Event #28 – $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em 4 Max – Day 2
Burlington’s Timothy Adams has already guaranteed his 7th career WSOP cash of at $38,279 by advancing into the final 8 returning for Day 3 of this 4-Max No Limit Hold’em event. He’s already had $98,640 in prior WSOP winnings and this will be his 2nd cash of the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Timothy will be returning sitting 4th on the chip counts for Saturday; a pretty decent position to take his shot at the $392,467 that will accompany the bracelet.
Toronto’s Griffen Benger was amongst the 88 players returning today, fighting his way down to the final four tables before going out in 14th place for $15,714.
Mr. Gavin Smith also continued his 2012 WSOP tear, making his fourth in the money appearance with a 58th place finish worth $5,169.
Event #29 – $1000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Day 1- (Must be 50 years of age or older)
We were expecting this to draw some good numbers, but not this big; according to @WSOP, the 4128 entries makes it the largest single day starting field in live poker tournament history!
The massive player pool had been reduced to just 462 reaming already and it’s not going to take long on Day 2 to burst the money bubble and hit the 423 pay-out spots.
With so many players still in chairs, it’s needless to say that chip counts and the origins of players still in are a bit unmanageable just yet, so we’ll have to check back on Day 2 and after the harding working data sorting evening shift working for the Rio to sort things out. We do know friend of Canada Poker, WSOPC Ring owner and former “November Niner”, Dennis Phillips is said to be one of the chip leaders right now.
First place will add nicely to the retirement fund of the eventual winner; set to pay more than $603,000!
Event #30 – 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) $1,500 – Day 1
285 players jumped in for their shot and as we anticipated, this one is pretty much a pro affair. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi will Be the chip leader going into Saturday’s continuation of play.
Daniel Negreanu, Greg Mueller, Daniel Idema, Pat Pezzin, Gavin Smith, Mike Watson and Terrence Chan all started out, but so far it looks like just Toronto’s Nicholas Verkaik remains of the 66 advancing to Day 2 and also happens to be working on his 4th cash of the summer here.
While a few of these players are still looking to get that first cash or deep run of the season on the board, several others are now starting to be in serious contention to make a run at either the Player of The Year Standings or record number of “Cashes Over a Single World Series of Poker”, so besides just the hunt for the bracelet and $101,976 top prize, there are plenty of factors to up the level of competition in even further. It’s of little doubt all f the above will play at least one of the two events starting Saturday.
With just 35 spots paying, we can most likely expect it will be later in Day 2 before the money bubble bursts.
Event #31 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The field sizes are growing as the end of June approaches and many players seem to favor the $1,500 over the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em events when it comes to taking a serious bracelet shot. The extra $500 may not seem like a big factor and doesn’t add a ton of chips or play, but it seems just enough to reduce a bit of the loose gamble type play, discourage the clueless as well as add a size able amount to the prize-pool in comparison. This should easily break 2000 entries, possibly even hit 3000 or higher given the weekend start.
Event #32 – $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Only the best mixed game specialists will pay the big bucks to enter this one; the poker disciplines of Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better are alternated between, changing the game every 8 hands.
Expect all the big names from events #30 and #31 to jump into this and maybe even doing a little multi-tabling; those aforementioned players busting the 2-7 Draw Lowball or not running up a stack in the $1,500 will want a shot at this title. Shawn Buchanan and Xuan Liu would be a few other fair guesses as far as big Canadian names to expect on the entrants list.
Save the upcoming $50,000 Poker Players Championship and $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, this particular bracelet carries just a little extra prestige with it.