The action just keeps heating up here at the Rio and despite all of yesterday’s excitement with another big Canadian finish, today proves to bring loads more. Several of our best will be after a bracelet on the final day of the 6 Handed Limit Hold’em, while others are off to fantastic starts after their starting days Friday’s tournaments.
Event #40 – $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed – Final Day
Terrence Chan continues to lead the way when it comes to cashes over a single WSOP now guaranteed to be putting number 8 on the board; that’s just two shy of the all time record of ten, with plenty of events left to play.
Despite his impressive performance this summer, Chan is still looking for that big payday and bracelet and is in great shape to make that happen today; he’s sitting 2nd of 10 for chips, leaving only 9 opponents between him and the $182,088 top prize.
He won’t be the lone Canadian today shooting for the same mark either, as Sorel Mizzi sits right behind him 3rd in chips and is also still in pursuit of his first WSOP bracelet. Usually ranked as one of the top ten live tournament players in the world on any given day…we really like his chances as well.
Today will be yet another excellent opportunity to hear our national anthem sung in Las Vegas, should one of these two big guns take down our 4th bracelet of 2012.
Event #41 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2
Orangville Poker Tour founder Steven Kerr will be sitting 6th in chips to begin Day 2 and looking for his second consecutive cash of the summer, or first WSOP bracelet, today.
For those that haven’t heard, the OPT is a home league that has had quite a bit of success at the WSOP; last year, member Kirk Caldwell won his WSOP bracelet after winning an OPT satellite, then early this spring member Greg Hartwick took down a WSOP-C at Caesars to claim a ring.
Then, just a few days ago in Event #38, member Mark Martin put a respectable cash for over $8,000 on the board in his first ever WSOP event, also qualifying and winning his seat through the league.
Canadians Conner Allison (6th in chips), Warren Russell (76th), Evan Jarvis (117th), Scott Montgomery (124th), Laurence Grondin (130th) and Vincent Bellissimo still remain in the pack of about 300 players that are left of the 1394 players that started this one.
Event #42 – $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better – Day 2
393 players started this and Daniel Negreanu seems to be in the best shape for today’s Canadian still in contention and returning for Day 2’s 175 player pack.
Negreanu sits 30th in chips, while Sanu Sharma of Edmonton isn’t far behind in 46th. Gavin Smith (99th), Pat Pezzin (115th), Chris Back (117th), Xuan Liu (134th) and David Elfan (159th) all appear to also have bagged and tagged chips last night.
Event – #38 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Final Results
Quebec City’s Miguel Proulx was the last Canadian standing in Day 3’s final 17 and despite starting as the shortest stack, put up a great fight before being eliminated in 13th place for $27,367.
When things wrapped up however, it was Dung Nguyen of the USA bested the starting field of 2,534 players to take down the gold and $607,200 top prize.
Event #39 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha – Final Day
None of our guys and gals will be returning to this stage, however, Niagara Falls native Nenad Medic did make the money on Day 2. Medic finished 36th out of 293 players to snag $16,801. Today’s winner will take home $661,000 and the Championship title complete with hardware. With more than a few different countries represented, it should also prove to be one of the more lively rails of the summer.
Event #43 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
July is just around the corner, it’s Saturday and the price is right for most players wanting their shot; this one is sure to pack the house once again. We’ll let you know which of our own make it on to Day 2; until then, Good Luck to all our players today!