We came very close once again to picking up bracelet #4 over the 2012 WSOP, with Edmonton’s Randy Ashe making a final table appearance good for an 8th place $71,933 payday, while Vancouver’s Paul Ratchford finished 14th for $33,381.
San Antonio’s Neil Willerson bested the 3,166 entries in this one to collect the gold and $737,248 top prize.
Event #54 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 2, 3 & 4
Here again, Canada was very close, but no victory cigar, as Ontario’s Nghi Van Tran just couldn’t win coin flip after coin flip to finish up some very impressive final table play. His 4th place finish still earned him $158,512, while Toronto’a Ian Chan had the next best Canadian finish in 14th for $22,640.
3221 players entered this one and while we have already listed a few of our own who made the money on Day 1, here is the list of those others also making the payouts; Calgary’s Kyle Fleishman (28th) and Toronto’s David Bernstein (29th) both earned $11,567 for their deep finishes. Vancouver’s Jonas Mackoff (49th) and Dartmouth’s John Daniel Thornton (52nd) both collected $7,798 for their efforts, while Toronto’s Jonathan Plens rounds out those making the top 100 with a 57th place finish worth $6,494.
Hamilton’s Zoran Andric (130th) and Halifax’s Owen Crowe (133rd) both raked in $3,015, while Gary Bain (146th, BC), Christos Arvanitis (148th, QC), Duc Phuong Nguyen (159th, AB), James Bunner (182nd, BC) and Claudio Rocca (183rd, ON) round out the top 200 with in the money finishes worth $2,667.
Rebecca Keetch (210th, ON) and Vincent Jaques (215th, QC) both rang in at $2,337, while Christopher Fraser (247th, BC) and Matthew Alexander of Newfoundland (254th) each earned $2,145 for their efforts.
After a forced Day 4, two players returned to play heads up for the bracelet and $500,075 up top; in the end, American Wille Jaffe defeated Brazilian Luis Campelo for the victory.
Event #55 – $1,000,000 The Big One For One Drop – Day 3
Montreal’s Guy Laliberté, both the founder of The One Drop Foundation and Cirque Du Soleil was the only Canadian to make the money, cashing in 5th for $1,834,666 while Winnepeg’s Haralabos Voulgaris was the next closest Canadian born finisher; eliminated in 17th by Laliberté after Guy made a straight on the turn, checked his 7,6 and prompting Voulgaris move all in with pocket Queens on a ten high board.
By now if you are a poker player who powered up any electronic device on Wednesday, chances are you have received a text, email or headline on your news feed regarding Antonio Esfandiari winning more than $18,000,000 for his first place finish and vaulting into the top spots of the “All Time Money lists with now roughly $23,000,000 in career winnings. This total eclipses his now closest competitors by around $5,000,000 and with-out some massive wins in the future by those select few, he will most
What also can’t see enough mention in reports coming after the Big One for One Drop, is that between the $111,111 of each of the 48 entries going to help supply clean water initiatives to those around the globe without the luxury and several generous promises of donating their winnings made by billion dollar net worth business men who cashed in the event, around $10,000,000 or more of the prize-pool will wind up serving charitable causes.
Event #56 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Day 2 & 3
Rudy Blondeau has been on a tear at the 2012 World Series of Poker and continued his impressive performances as our only Day 3 contender; ending up with a solid 19th place finish here worth $18,924.
While we put up a fair number of in the money results, the only other Canadian to finish in the top 100 was British Columbia’s Noah Vaillancourt, who placed a respectable 40th for $12,541.
Adding to the list of those cashing were; Daniel Negreanu (104th, ON), Madison Bergeron (106th, BC) and Clayton Mozdzen (126th, MB); each earning $4,155 for their respective finishes.
Michael Neuber (176th, ON), Bill Kontaratos (186th QC) and Nam Bien of Calgary (196th) round out the top 200, cashing for $3,324 apiece.
Jeff Vandenburg (213th, ON), Donald Fujita (216th, AB), George Kuzmanovich (218th, ON), Aadam Daya (219th, ON), Joseph Grenon (226th, ON), Robert Allen (236th, MB), David Noganosh (238th, ON) and Yann Dion (249th, QC) were all good for $3,022 before they found the bare felt.
Ryan Huston (257th, MB), Martin Feijo (260th, ON), Zhan Shi (267th) and Aaron Kehr, both the latter hailing from Edmonton, complete the list of our Canadian in the money finishers in this one, grabbing the “good ole min-cash” for $2,757.
This was also one of the few bracelets that won’t be staying in North America, with Thomas Junek of the Czech Republic the last player standing of the 2798 that began; good for $661,002.
Event #57 – $10,000 NLH 6 Handed – Day 2
As of the end of Day 2, only 27 of 474 original entrants are remaining; 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Timothy Adams and Mississauga’s Martin Raus are both still in contention in this one as Adams sits in 6th for chips entering Day 3 and Martin in 25th.
Several other familiar Canadian poker forces also cashed in this one before elimination, including Samuel Chartier in 29th for $29,406, Jonathan Duhamel in 38th place for $21,832 (QC) and Mike “Timex” McDonald in 44th for $20,050 (ON).
Event #58 – $3,000 PLO Hi-Low Split-8 or Better – Day 2
At the conclusion of Day 2, Dexter McNally of North Battleford Saskatchewan and Quebec’s Roch Cousineau both sit with top 10 chip counts with just 31 players remaining.
Several other Canucks found their way into the 54 spots paying of the 526 player starting field, including 3 Ontario players; Michael MacHugh placed 42nd for $6,778, while Nital Jethalal (47th) and Matthew Wood (52nd) both earned $5,557 for their finishes.
Event #59A – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 1
1,740 players turned up for this one and another decent turn out can be expected in for tomorrows Day 1B; though the prize-pools and fields will combine for Day 2, this is not a re-entry tournament meaning those that busted today will not be allowed to enter again.
261 players advanced through Day 1B, with notable Canadian names Mike Leah and Terrence Chan in the top half of the available chip counts.
Event #59B- $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 1
As previously mentioned, this is a second starting Day for the last $1,000 event on the schedule. Those with tighter budgets or looking for some warm-up may jump into this one, though with the start of the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship, others may just pass to rest up or ensure they play one of the first starting days so Vegas and the cards can decide if their stay is over.
Event #60- $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
Those that have already had tremendous success at the 2012 (Phil Hellmuth and a few other top pros come to mind), will most likely jump into this one as just a few “bracelet hunts” are left available. The bigger buy-in and less popular poker discipline are sure to draw a smaller field, so this is one of their best chances to collect some hardware.