2012 WSOP Ones To Watch – The Maritimes


We’ve now made it all the way to the Maritimes in making our 2012 WSOP bracelet picks and yes that does mean we have saving some of the best for last…

Nova Scotia’s Owen ”Ocrowe” Crowe has to be tied with Shawn Buchanan when it comes the best odds of winning a long overdue bracelet this year.

Owen_Crowe_2011_LAPC_previewCrowe already has 10 World of Series cashes, an impressive total that includes 4 final tables; Owen finished 4th in a $1,500 NLH in 2011 and has a prior 2nd place finish. He’s already come as close as one can possibly come as well as having finished in 15th and 79th in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship; few players in the world have the bragging rights of getting to the final 100 twice. Regardless of not clenching his title yet, the WSOP has still treated Owen quite well, with about $1,285,000 of his $1,750,000 in live tournament winnings coming from the cash cages at the Rio.

Crowe is also ranked the #1 player online in both Halifax and Nova Scotia, with another $2,750,000 In tournament winnings on the virtual felts. He’s beaten large field before, placing 1st of 2425 players in a $530 NLH for $218,000 and you can bet he’ll trample through at least a few crowds at the 2012 WSOP.

Michael ”SirWatts” Watson is originally from St. John’s Newfoundland, though nowadays it seems you can find him in an different city anywhere on the globe; from Niagara Falls to Melbourne or Monte-Carlo to Macao, you just don’t know where ”SirWatts” will be grinding next…until the World Series of Poker starts that is.

With a dozen WSOP cashes already, including a near bracelet 2nd place finish for Watson at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in €3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shout-out event, Watson certainly has the statistics to go the distance on his side. Throw in $3,450,000 live winning and a WPT title and 2 other final tables, well, you do the math. There is also the added edge that Michael is a mixed game specialist, proficient in all the disciplines of the game and cashes in each to back it up.

Most recently, ”SirWatts” enjoyed his largest online finish to date, finishing 2nd in the Spring Championship of Poker $2,100 Super Knockout to add another $81,000 to his $2,200,000 in online winnings.

Cory ”UGOTPZD” Carroll of Dartmouth Nova Scotia seems to flying under the radar these days, but there is no doubt that he’s still attacking the game.

So far he has 3 WSOP cashes under his belt and some pretty damn good ones at that; he has already won $515,000 and a World of Series of Poker Circuit Championship ring for winning a $5,000 Event at Caesars Palace. Carroll has also made a deep run in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship with a 91st place finish, with 2 WPT final table finishes worth more than 1,100,000 combined to back up that he has what it takes to make the final 9. All told, Cory has nearly $1,820,000 in live cashes and another $780,000 online, more than enough in our opinion to validate his chances as top 2012 WSOP contender.

Halifax just keeps seems to keep them coming and Eric Place has been making his mark. Eric had his first cash at last summers WSOP in a $1,500 event, but that’s not the reason he’s on our list; besides the fact Place won the 2010 British Columbia Poker Championships for $300,000, it seems that there isn’t a results list we see from events on Canada’s east coast that doesn’t have his name beside five figures. If he’s in Las Vegas and we expect he will be, look for him to do some damage.


Rising Stars

Mark Drover’s HendonMob Profile shows a total of 5 final table finishes so far as well as a deep run in a WSOP $1,500. His biggest cash to date came early this year at the 2012 PCA, where he took fifth place in the $10,000 for about $468,000…we would like think that puts him in great shape to take some bracelet shots this summer.

New Brunswick’s Sarvesh ”serbie” Pershad online track record shows an impressive $500,000o winnings so far with his live live game isn’t looking to shabby either.

He’s banked 3 World Series of Poker cashes, (one is a WSOP-C), with his deepest so far being a 16th place finish in $1,500 Shoot-out. Pershad’s in the money finishes list includes events at the Aussie Millions, EPT London and several more at the 2012 PCA, including a 5th place final table finish in the PokerStars.com Canada Cup event. Look for Sarvesh to serve some punishment at the 2012 WSOP.










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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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