Saturday’s action once again chopped the field by 2/3rds of its starting players, bringing things down into the double digits. Only 97 players remain, with 5 Canadians left in contention; Dung Nguyen (43rd, BC), Marc Ladouceur, (56th, QC), Stephane Bisson (57th, ON), Erik Cajelais, (67th, QC) and Gavin Smith, (91st, ON) are all still in the mix, keeping the dream alive that we will have at least one of our own make this year’s final 9.
We introduced a few of these top pros in our 2012 WSOP end of Day 4 report, so we think it only appropriate to take a look at the other 3…
Surrey’s Dung Nguyen is already a bit of a mystery man of sorts; the single cash listed for a Canadian by the same name and hometown on CardPlayer.com seems to match up with the USA player profile page on HendonMob.com. We do know that a Dung Nguyen also won a bracelet and more than $607,000 in Event #38 and searching the WSOP’s own player data base just adds to the confusion, listing 4 matches and none that have won a bracelet. For now, we’ll have to assume that this Dung Nguyen “ain’t like the others” and makes his home here up North.
Montreal’s Marc Ladouceur, also known as Marc-Andre Ladouceur we can tell you a bit more about; he shows two official prior cashes that make us believe the kid has game, the first a 2nd place finish in the Laak & Esfandiari Playground Poker Club $2,000 Heads-Up and number two a very deep run in the 2011 WSOP of Main Event where he finished 63rd for $130,997. He’s not far from beating his last best performanvce in the same event here today.
Ottawa’s Stephane “FouTight” Bisson is one of the Canadian Poker instructors for BlueFire Poker and though he shows only one single live tournament cash in the $1,100 Manitoba Lotteries Poker Open this past April, he shows another $620,000 in tracked online cashes on his PocketFives.com profile. There is most likely good reason they have signed him as an instructor and he certainly seems to be putting quite a few player through school to have gotten this far in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship.
11 other Canadian players made the money on Day 4; Timothy Adams (100th, ON) made 10k more than all the rest, with his finish being worth $62,021, while Chanracy Khun (148th, QC), Sorel Mizzi (151st, ON), Stephane Blouin (153rd, DNR), Matt Marafioti (154th, ON) and Daniel Negreanu (160th, ON) all collected stubs for $52,718 for finishing 162nd or better.
Dennis Montogomery (166th, BC), Joel Bullock (168th, AB), Nghi “Henry” Van Tran (212th, ON) and Sean Giesbrecht (214th, BC) made at least one money jump on Day 5, sent to the cage to collect $44,665.
Evan Jarvis (240th, ON), Aadam Daya (267th, ON) and Derek Mymko (278th, MB) were all eliminated on the first pay rung of the day, good for an official cash of $38,453.
Things are getting down to the wire now and our players are going to have to be on their “EH” game to see a return appearance in late October; here is to wishing them all the best and seeing the same 5 names on Day 6’s report!