Event #37 $2500 Eight Game Mix-Delayed Final Day
477 players began this one, with Greg Mueller and David Baker the final two players that wound wind up returning for a delayed final table after a long Day 3 forced the 10 level “hard stop” rule came into effect.
Mueller looked to be a lock for the WSOP “hat-trick” with about a 3-1 chip advantage at the start of play. We were fortunate enough to be here on the ground and rail as this one played out; while some put an over/under at 1 hour before the winner would be decided with blinds and antes now at their peak, it didn’t quite go down like that…
Just before the match, we found out that “FBT” and David are actually good friends, adding an additional element of pressure to the match. While Greg continually kept control of the match in the hours leading up to the first break, it seemed that momentum and luck just weren’t in the cards for Mueller today.
Baring any bad beat stories, we can tell you that Mueller played many premium holdings that just kept coming up second best, or being dealt “up” cards that really limited options. Long story short, Greg finished in 2nd for more than $167,000. This was Mueller’s 3rd cash and second final table of the 2012 WSOP so far, for a total of more than $370,000 in winnings.
Always a class act, Greg stopped to chat; “obviously it burns a bit inside to go in such a favorite and come up short, I’m very competitive and wanted that bracelet. I made some good money, and David was hungry for his first bracelet, he always comes out and plays his best, so I have to lose, there are few out there I would save deserved it as much as him.”
“I ran really well on Day 3, coming back from being one of the shortest stacks, it’s too bad that didn’t continue today.”
We were gunning for Greg, it’s a dream result for most and still a very notable finish by any measure.
Some of our other Canadians who made the pay-outs included Montreal’s Christopher McClung who finished in 24th for $7,900 while Vancouver’s Daniel Idema put his 7th cash over the WSOP with a 28th worth $6,587.
That ties him up with Terrence Chan and both are in contention for breaking the record number of cashes over a single WSOP of 10, though when we also ran into Idema today on Mueller’s final table rail, he felt Chan might take the lead once again;
Asked about the topic and close race, Idema said “I’m happy for Terrence, he’s doing really well and looking in great shape to get his 8th cash this summer today.”
Regardless of who’s out in front for number of cashes, according to QuadJacks.com WSOP Player Database, Idema has made the money in 11 of a total of the 25 World Series of Poker events he played in over 2011 and 2012, for a an ITM rate of nearly 50% and has roughly $400,000 in profits, not just winnings, to show for these impressive stats. Terrence on the other hand, has been running some of the best ITM rate numbers this summer that we have ever seen.
Event #36 – $3,000 Shootout NLH – Final Day
While all of Canadian contenders were eliminated on Day 2, here at the WSOP the ESPN “Mothership” had what has said to be one of the rowdiest rails so far; fan favorite Antonio Esfandiari was amongst the final 10.
When the all of the drinking, chanting and “waves” finally wrapped up with a winner being crowned, it was Craig McCorkell of the United Kingdom who would be taking home $368,593 and the bracelet, while Antonio Esfandiari would wind up 4th for $151,613.
Our in the money finishers on Day 2, all whom will “officially” be taking home $9,086 after beating their Day 1 tables, included:
Event – #38 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Final Day
Quebec’s Miguel Proulx was the final Canadian player in contention of the 17 left returning for Day 3 of this one; though he was also the shortest stack at the time of writing. He’s guaranteed at least $15,722 now, but there’s $440,238 and one of poker’s most coveted prizes up for grabs to motivate Miguel to climb the pay ladder today.
Our Day 2 in the money finishers included:
37th Martin Feijoada, (37th) $11,563, Ontario’a Mark Martin (60th) and Steve Tripp (61st), both for $8,005.
Ivan Mamuzic came in 71st for $6,773 while another of our “2012 WSOP Ones To Watch-Saskatchewan” picks, Ryan Smith got on the board with a 126th worth $3,831.
Rounding out the rest of the list were; 135th-Rock Cloutier, $3,831 (QC), 146th-Benham Patros, 162nd-Jean Phillipe Matte (BC) and 171st Jean Ledoux, all of whom earned $3421.
Philippe Boucher made his 4th cash of the summer with a 184th place finish worth $3079, while Canada’s 3rd bracelet winner of 2012 Timothy Adams came 223rd for the same. Last but not least 243rd earned Mike Fraser a cool $2,771.
Event #40 – $2,500 Limit Hold’em
302 players started this one and both Mark Radoja and Tyler Bonkowski are showing as still having chips in front of them. We won’t get long winded on this one with so much play yet to go, but we will say there is
$182,088 up top.
STARTING TODAY (Friday, June 22nd)
Two tournaments will start here at the Rio today and both are sure to have plenty of Canucks in the field; Event #41 is a$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em while Event #42, the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better is sure to cater to more of the “big names” of the game.
Either way, we’ll keep be sure to keep you posted and thanks for following along!