2012 WSOP Ones To Watch – Manitoba

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The bragging rights of being the first player to bring a World Series of Poker bracelet back to Manitoba are still up for grabs, but it’s not for lack of talent. Right of the top of our heads, it seems that 3 players in particular from the region have done quite a good a job of making poker headlines; we think they can accomplish even bigger this year at the Rio…

The name Haralabos Voulgaris doesn’t easily roll off the tongue and that’s probably the only reason he’s seems to stay somewhat under the radar as far as being top 25 Canadian for career tournament winnings.

Winnipeg born and raised, Haralabous has amassed the majority of his $1,900,000 in live tournament cashes mostly on the World Poker Tour, but he is also already on the board when it comes to finishing in the money at the WSOP. As a matter of fact, in the very recent EPT Monte-Carlo Grand Final Main Event, Voulgaris finished 13th; we don’t think it really matters what brand of tough fields he tackles, he always has a very, very good shot of going all the way. He’s had many final tables in big events already and missed snagging the title in heads-up play, so we figure Haralabos is more than ready to get that poker monkey off his back this year.

 

Even if you had never heard of Clayton Mozdzen before his deep main event finish at EPT Madrid and very recent six figure final table finish at EPT Monte-Carlo, you might had heard about the well balanced mixed game specialist known as ”slammedfire” in the online community. Clayton can play more than a few a disciplines of poker quite well; 2 of his 5 World Series of Poker cashes to date have been in H.O.R.S.E events and another in Seven Card Stud Hi/Low.

Monte-Carlo wasn’t Clayton’s first European Poker Tour Main Event final table either, he made another in Warsaw a few years back and hist first official major tournament cash on his profile pages was in the World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Championship. Here in Canada, he has had top ten finishes at medium limit series in Winnipeg and Calgary as well as having made at least 2 final tables in both Vancouver and Regina majors tournaments. So far, his running total in live MTT winnings around the globe has surpassed the $500,000 mark.

Online, Mozdzen has over $1,120,000 in tournament cashes and ranked by PocketFivies.com as the #1 player in both Manitoba and Winnipeg, as well as being in the top 400 players in the world. Clayton also narrowly missed the WCOOP $5,200 Main Event final table back in 2009, with a 10th place finish out of 2,144 players. Add up all of the above and it isn’t a stretch to say that Clayton already has all the experience and expertise that is needed to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, now it’s just a matter of getting it done.

 

If we would be inclined to assume Canadian players with multiple 1st place finishes and titles have a great shot at winning a 2012 WSOP bracelet, then Zennawi ”zenni11” Petros naturally deserves a top spot on that said list. Since the back half of 2010, Zenni has already won the $2,200 Main Event at the 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships in Calgary, the $1,100 Main Event at the 2011 Manitoba Lotteries Poker Open in Winnipeg and most recently the $2,200 Main Event at the 2012 Western Canadian Poker Classic in Edmonton. He also won a Venetian Deepstacks Extravaganza last summer for more than $53,000 and has some success in events at both the Las Angeles Poker Classic and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Online, Pocketfives.com ranks ”zenni11” as the #3 player in Manitoba, with more $461,000 in multitable tournament winnings.

It’s not easy to win any tournament, let alone this many over a relatively short span and Petro’s four live wins so far have total more than $200,000 combined. We were lucky enough to catch up with Zennawi again after number three to ask him about how he got his start in poker and you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out; that and keep watching for his name this summer, hopefully a the top of some 2012 WSOP results!

 

 

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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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