2012 WSOP, Day 36-Edmonton’s Randy Ashe In Strong Contention For Day 3 of #53, Jonas Mackoff Leads #54


It was a huge a weekend at that World Series of Poker, with Day 1 of the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop and two No Limit Hold’em tournaments drawing more than 3,000 players; the big news is that Canadian players are sitting in the top 2 of both of them after the completion of yesterday’s play.

Can Alberta get it’s first bracelet and Canada’s 4th of 2012 today? We hope so and in the meantime, here is how everything wrapped up Sunday…


  • Event #50 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 4

3 tough players returned for a Day 4 to determine the title, bracelet and $952,694 top prize, with American Pete Villandos emerging the victor in this one.


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

Freda (RoseMary) Lawrence

It turns out that Delta’s Freda (RoseMary) Lawrence was not the only Canadian standing on Sunday’s final table and despite starting as the shortest stack, managed to stay alive in the game and let another player bust before her 8th Place finish worth $15,559.

Though the Canadian flag did appear to missing or changed from the end of Day reports listing the final 9 returning for Day 3 of this one, it now looks like Lawrence was not the last Canadian Lady standing; Lesley Amos, (from parts unknown/reported), finished 7th for $20,184.

Yen Dang of the USA went on to win this one, claiming the Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship bracelet and $170,587.



  • Event #52 – $2,500 Ten Game Mix, 6 Handed – Day 3

Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst took this one down, earning her second bracelet in an “open” event. The last time a female poker player won a bracelet that was did not have it’s entry list restricted by age or gender, was in back in 2008; a mark also set by Vanessa herself. Nolan Dalla of the WSOP claims, “Selbst has essentially won back to back titles with regards to women in open events.”

Vanessa scored the $244,259 up top with her victory, with just one of our Canadian players making the money on Day 2


  • Event #53 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Day 3

There are only 28 left of 3,166 entries and Edmonton’s Randy Ashe sits 2nd in chips after the completion of play on Day 2. Once again the allure of the bragging rights of being the first Albertan to win a bracelet and the $737,248 up top will bring with it plenty of reasons to play his best today and also hailing from the “City of Champions”, we really like the chances of Canadian poker history in the making on Day 3.

Vancouver’s Paul Ratchford could also score gold here today, sitting 16th of 28 to begin Monday’s final day.

Day 2 also seen a decent number of Canadian in the money finishers; Calgary’s Joel Bullock got KK in good vs QQ to be eliminated in 54th for $11,497 (AB), Graydon Kowal finished 106th for $4,445 (AB), Philippe Bergeronbelanger came 112th for the same (QC), Jordan Kelly, 148th (AB), Adam Hamaoui, 157th (QC), Scott Strudwick, 161st (AB) and Joe Gualtieri placed 172nd (ON), with all of the latter in the list earning $3,932 for their finishes.

Continuing on; Corey Parent, 194th (BC), Matt Marafioti, 196th (ON), Guy Guiko, 213th (AB), Brian Friesen, 220th (MB), Roger Simpson, 229th (AB) and Madison Bergeron, 230th (BC) all won $3,505 for their respective finishes.

Rounding out the list are; Jason Anderson, 240th (AB) and Gareth Chantier, 276th (ON), both for $3,163, while Gylbert Drolet, 306th (QC), Harry Mickalow, 307th (ON) and Ian Broen, 322nd (AB) all earned $2,864 on their pay-out stubs.


  • Event #55 – $1,000,000 The Big One For One Drop – Day 1


Guy Laliberte 2012 WSOP

After some spectacular opening ceremonies that included Cirque Du Soleil performers and a standing room only rail, 48 began and now 37 remain, with Jonathan Duhamel and Giovanni Guarascio bieng our first Day 1 casualties.

Canadian natives Daniel Negreanu, Winnepeg’s Haralabos Voulgaris and Guy Laliberté are still in contention, with the Cirque Du Soleil doing the best of the three and sitting in the top ten of the field.

Negreanu is on life support however with less than 500,000 from a 3,000,000 starting stack, despite the inflated chip counts, blinds currently sit at 20,000/40,000/5,000 (Ante) on Level 9, making for some very big pots.

So far many of the “amateurs” aren’t turning out to be the “dead money” the pros had hoped for and the hand histories of Day 1 reveal many a failed check raise and triple barrel bluff. Regardless of those that got their hands caught in the cookie jar to be eliminated on Day 1 however, Brian Rast and Phil Hellmuth are leading the pack, both in possession of around three starting stacks already.

We could very well hit our final table and money today, so be sure to stay tuned; 1st place is more than 18 million, 2nd over 10 and third a measly $4,000,000 plus, so there are going to be some “All Time Money” list shake-ups before this thing wraps up.


  • Event #54 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

As expected, this one cracked the 3000 player mark, drawing in 3221 players. They are now well in the money with 265 players remaining on Day 2 and Vancouver’s Jonas Mackoff sitting atop the chip counts. Toronto’s David Bernstein sits not far behind starting Monday as 7th overall and Halifax’s Owen Crowe is also in the top 10% of the remaining field sitting in 25th when they bagged and tagged last night.

It looks like around another 15 Canadians are also remaining and we’ll be sure to list how each of them makes out in our Day 2 report. In the meantime, here is who made the money on Day 1:

Stephen Marta, 273rd for $2,145 (BC), Shane Hewko, 275th for $2,145 (AB), Jonathan Roy, 282nd for $1,942 (QC), Nicholas Verkaik, 292nd for $1,942 (ON), Elizabeth Bennettemartin, 304th for $1,942 (ON), Rudy Blondeau, 309th for $1,942 (QC) and Kingston’s Thomas Doyle placed 311th for the same.




  • Event #56 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em

It’s going to be tough to put a number on this one, after such a big weekend at the 2012 WSOP; many players will now be resting up for the Main Event, the is a 2 entry day $1,000 later that may look to have it’s own appeal and this is the last $1,500 on this year’s schedule. We’ll go for 2700, but have a feeling it might be less.
















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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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