In Tuesday’s recap, we looked at how Jason Bigelow of Newfoundland wasn’t sitting in very good shape to start Day 3 and the final 14 of WSOP 2013’s Event #4; he was guaranteed nearly $20,500 in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, but looking up at a chip leader with nearly 40 times his 5 big blind stack.
Quoting the proverbial “chip and a chair”, it was obvious that he had his work cut out for him and things where looking…pretty bleak at that point. There is a lot to be said about determination and little run good however and Mr. Bigelow ran that stack up to 2nd place finish out of 2,883 entrants, good for $281,191!
Also of note was that USA player Dana Castaneda would wind up winning the bracelet after defeating Jason, the first woman to win an “open” event since Vanessa Selbst did more than a half decade ago.
We also looked at the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and are happy to report that all 3 of our Canadian contenders remaining on Day 3 have also advanced to Day 4 in good shape. Jonathan Duhamel, Greg Mueller and Mike Leah are all into the final 26, now just 10 spots away from an at least $111,000 cash. This is one of pokers must prestigious events and has never been won by a Canuck, so here is hoping come tomorrow, we see our three boys battling it out for the Chip Reese Trophy and $1,774,089 top prize at the Day 5 final table.
To make a necessary correction to a mistake made in my last recap, Event #56 is a $2,500,(not $1,500), No Limit Hold’em. We are now down to just 23 of 1736 players returning, with 2 Canadians advancing.
Winnipeg’s Mark Golub has a shot at making Canadian poker history by being the first Manitoban to claim a World Series of Poker gold and is in great shape to do so as he is starting Day 3 as the 5th largest stack.
Halifax’s Owen Crowe on the other hand fits into the bracket of “best players yet to win a bracelet with a track record of deep WSOP finishes that is too often repeated; let’s just say he’s cashed for tons and gone deep in many. He’s long overdue and has it what it takes, so look for him to climb, climb, climb. In case you were wondering, there is better than $730,000 reserved for the winner.
Event #57, a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em drew 784 runners, with 235 returning for Day 2. Only 81 will make the money, but we do have some players looking good to make that happen; Quebec’s Carter Swindler sits 13th, double bracelet winner Mark Radoja is currently 24th and of course Mike Watson is still in it as well (to name a few). The eventual victor will be looking at better than $790,000.
Day 1a of “The Little One for One Drop”, aka Event #58, is set to get underway today, though it is expected to be anything but little; an unlimited re-buy $1k at the WSOP is sure to bring some fireworks, so look for MASSIVE number to be attached to this one latter in the week.