2012 WSOP, Day 36 – Freda Lawrence Advances To Final 9 Ladies, 2 More Players Win Seats To Cap $1,000,000 Buy-in



Freda Lawrence

There is still a chance the Canadian anthem at will be played in tribute in tomorrow’s bracelet ceremony, to commemorate a Canada Day win at the WSOP; though we are now drawing a bit slim. Delta British Columbia’a Freda Lawrence will begin Day 3 sitting 9/9 of in chips to start the final table, but knowing that she has battled her way this far, it’s quite possible that she fights her way up this last table. The chip leader has about 6-1 on the shortest stack, so in reality a double or two for any player at this final table is a true game changer.

As many prepared for today’s Canada celebrations and festivities, 96 players were playing a $25,000 satellite and looking for their chance to participate in the biggest buy-in of poker history, while still more played another free-roll event in Las Vegas for a chance at the same.

In the end, two of the poker worlds most well known got the job done, claiming the final two available seats for the 48 player field cap set on the $1,000,000 “Big One For One Drop”. Gus Hansen and Phil Hellmuth have now entered the mix and we’ll tell you just which player’s will be representing Canada in our “Starting Today” report.


  • Event #50 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 3

Samuel "PokerKai” Ngai 2012 WSOP

After a late arrival at the 2012 WSOP, our top Alberta “Ones to Watch” pick certainly didn’t throw any bricks; Edmonton’s Samuel “PokerKai” Ngai was the last Canadian standing of the 1001 entrants, placing 16th for $35,003.

4 other Canadians also joined Samuel on Saturday’s Day 3 to collect five figure paydays for their efforts as follows; Jason Mann placed 22nd for $28,793 (BC), Samuel Chartier made the same for his 26th place finish (QC), while Robert MacDonald (ON) and Madison Bergeron (BC) both earned $20,324 for their respective 42nd and 46th place finishes.

After a full day of play, 3 players will return for a Day 4 to determine who gets the bracelet and $952,694 top prize, but Canada is out of this one.


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

Since we’ve already covered who will be representing Canada at Sunday’s final table in the introduction of today’s report, we definitely want to list off the dozen other Canadian Ladies who made the money.

Along with some really deep finishers, the full list is as follows: Mono Harb, 14th for $7,616 (ON), Chantelle Do (21st), Natalia Metlach (26th) and Oksana Jancevic (27th) all hail from Ontario, with the 3 claiming $5,155 each.

Continuing on we have: Carolyn Grad, 51st for $3,108 (AB), Pauline Stregger, 65th for $2,359 (BC), Sandra Wong, 87th for $1,887 (BC); while Marie Martin, 94th (AB), Janet Anderson, 95th (BC) and Dorothy Hector, 98th (ON) all scored $1,735 for their finishes.

Rounding out the list, Joan Goyette of Grande Prairie (AB) placed 101st, Angela Scriba (AB) took 106th and Bernice Svoboda (DNR) all claimed $1,601 for their finishes.


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

As we are already running long with much left to say and the final 19 advancing don’t include any Canadian names we immediately recognize, we’ll keep this short and check back tomorrow for the final results; so far we only see one in the money finish by one of our own.

Rudolf Schwartz of Maple Ridge British Columbia finished a respectable 34th place; good for $5,363.


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

Reportedly creating the largest No Limit Hold’em prize-pool of the 2012 WSOP, (before Sunday’s madness, of course), this one drew 3,166 players.

We’re now down to 348 for the start of Day 2, with the money starting once they reach 324. Nearly 20 Canadians remain, the majority from BC and Alberta, but will save listing those names off until after the money hits. With such a healthy stable of players still in contention, our Day 2 and Day 3 reports should likely see some of our in own in contention for this bracelet and $737,248 up top, but they all still have some tough play and a long ways to go before that winners is determined.




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


Even with all of the excitement of the other events starting or wrapping up, expect most eyes that aren’t looking down on their own cards to be focused on this one today. Poker history is about to made as the capped field of 48 players means that the largest first place prize of any poker tournament is also up for grabs; more than $18,000,000.

This one is both a nail bitter and game changer on many levels; either we will see a new “All Time Money” leader once it wraps up, an existing top 5 player could take an almost insurmountable lead or an amateur could win, placing a large chunk of the current poker economies cash in unfamiliar hands. That could be very or good, or extremely bad, but nobody will know for sure until this one has wrapped up.

Canada has enough players participating to give us roughly a 1-10 shot at taking this thing down; professionals Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu and Winnepeg’s Haralabos Voulgaris are our “ringers”, while Montreal business men and poker enthusiasts Giovanni Guarascio and One Drop Foundation founder Guy Laliberté also add a “no fear” element to our contenders.


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

It’s the lowest “open” buy-in bracelet event you can play at the World Series of Poker, time and chances are running out; most kids are now out or the summer, people are talking holidays…3000 starting players should be the realistic over/under on this one.












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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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