2012 WSOP, Day 35 – Albertans Advancing With Ngai & Grad Climbing Pay Ladders In Events

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Samuel Ngai

Alberta has yet to bring home a bracelet over it’s history with the WSOP; we’ve had some very close runs already this year and after yesterday’s play we’ll have a few top contenders to keep an eye on in particular while they make a run at one in their respective events.

Edmonton’s Samuel Ngai and Medicine Hat’s Carolyn Grad are now in the money and climbing their pay ladders; here in Canada these players have taken no prisoners and both have put some great results in past Las Vegas events; look for both to shine this Saturday.

While we wait for things to get fired back up at the Rio, here are how things wrapped up yesterday…

Event #49 – $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em – Day 3

Mike “Timex” McDonald made his second final table appearance in the two years he has been playing the World Series of Poker, with a 6th place finish worth $39,931. This was McDonald’s 3rd cash of the 2012 WSOP, putting just over the $50,000 in total winnings.

American Greg Hobson would go on to to claim this events inaugural title and bracelet, as well as the $256,691 first place prize money.

Event #50 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 2

Gavin SmithAs near as we can tell and as far as remaining Canadian contenders, Edmonton’s Samuel “PokerKai” Ngai is leading the way, sitting 12th of 48 in chips for the start of Day 3. There are both a lot of bragging rights and loot up for grabs today; Alberta’s only bracelet and $952,694 sure does have a nice ring to it!

Of the 1001 entrants, several other Canadians have already hit the cash cages to claim their share of the cash as follows; Gavin Smith, 54th for $17,360 (ON), Aadam Daya, 57th for $15,008 (ON), Shawn Buchanan, 74th for $13,173 (BC), Christopher McClung, 82nd for $10,539 (QC) and Nicholas Verkaik in 112th for $8,939 (ON).


  • Event #51 – $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship

First off, just to correct our last report, there were 936, not 986 ladies, (mostly that is, as few pitiful boys snuck in as usual), that entered this event.

Along with Carolyn Grad (46th in chips), another dozen Canadian ladies will be returning in the 117 player field set for Day 2 and include: Dorothy Hector (19th), Natalia Metlach (30th), Chantelle Do (42nd), Mono Harb (48th), Oksana Jancevic (50th), Sandra Wong (54th), Pauline Stegger (69th), Freda Lawrence (72nd), Bernice Svoboda (98th), Joan Goyette (101st), Angela Scribe (106th), Marie Martin (108th) and finally last but not least, Vancouver’s Janet Anderson completes the pack; sitting with 111th place worth of chips so far.

They will play down to as close to a final table as they can today, perhaps even reach it, with more than $170,500 and the bracelet up for grabs on Canada Day…sounds appropriate already! Event #52 – $2,500 Ten Game Mix, 6 Handed – Day 1 167 of the 421 player starting field remain and scanning the list of names advancing to Day 2, just a few notable Canadians immediately pop out; Daniel Idema, Calvin Anderson and Jason Lavallee are ones we recognize, but we’ll have to wait for the flags to pop up to be sure and complete the list.

First place is set to pay $244,559 with 48 places paying, but we still have a long ways to go before that money bubble hits, most likely late tonight. STARTING TODAY We’re less than a week away from the start of the $10,000 Main Event and just a day away from the $1,000,000 “Big One For One Drop”. 3 tournaments will kick off today, but only one will eventually award a bracelet. Doubles No Limit Hold’em – $560 This is a single day event and does not award a bracelet, but considering the 1,000+ player fields the 2:00PM WSOP Deepstacks have been getting, this one should have at least a $250,000 prize-pool and top prize of around $50,000. We’re just guessing, but we do know that with only one day to crown some winners, the action will be fast and furious.

  • Event #53 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em

With only a few of these left on the schedule and chances at getting some WSOP gold getting increasingly slimmer, this is sure to draw a crowd. They always do, seemingly one of the most popular buy-ins and structures at the WSOP and the long weekend start certainly won’t hurt to draw some of our players.

$25,000 Satellite to $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop

This is reportedly the last and only way into the historic event as the field cap of 47 players has apparently been reached. There seems to be mixed information if more than one seat will be made available depending on attendance, but we do know for sure that both cash prizing and the ultimate seat into an event are up for grabs today. According to the WSOP website, one seat for every 40 entries will be awarded and seeing as how almost 60 players participated in a similar $25,000 “Big One For One Drop” satellite here in Canada, it shouldn’t be hard to see triple digits entering this one in Las Vegas.

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