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.
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!