The final days of the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) were very exciting for Canadian poker fans. With time running out to capture a prestigious gold bracelet, Canada was well represented at the final tables of the last few events.
Timothy Vukson made his first-career WSOP final table in Event #57: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better. The Kitchener, ON native. Making the money for just the second time in at the world series, Vukson navigated a field of 732 players to reach the final nine. Hunting for the top share of a $988,200 prize pool , Vukson came up just short of Canada’s second bracelet finishing runner-up to American David Nowakowski. Vukson was awarded $125,507 for his efforts.
Vukson kept his momentum rolling into Event #64: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better. Trying to make back-to-back final tables, he was eliminated in 12th for $14,629. With his recent success Vukson dove into the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. Vukson was eliminated early on Day 4 but a bit of consolation was his 718th-place prize of $17,232.
Turbo tournaments are hit or miss at the WSOP. The fast-paced structured events are not for the faint of heart requiring a bit more luck than skill compared to deeper structures. William Liang of Toronto, ON found the ingredients he needed to make the final table of Event 58: $1,000 NLHE Turbo. With a starting field of 1,397, Liang received the third-best portion of the $1,257,300 prize pool. For his efforts Liang banked $97,811, his first-ever cash at the WSOP.
Windsor, ON’s Michael Gentili made it three straight final tables for Canada in Event #59: $5,000 NLHE. Gentili was enjoying a successful 2016 campaign with cashes in the Colossus II, the Millionaire Maker, and two deep runs in the WSOP circuit event in Montreal just before the series including a win worth $10,260.
Gentili reached the final nine in a stacked event that received 863 entries boasting a prize pool worth $4,056,100. Outlasting the likes of Ismael Bojang, Dominik Nitsche, and Natasha Barbour at the final table, Gentili came up against China’s Yue Du heads up. Du began the battle with a monster chip lead and soon after Gentili was eliminated in second, adding $494,797 to his summer score.
When Alex Livingston began Day 3 of Event #60: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better the possibility of four straight final tables with a Canadian was promising. A small field of 521 had gathered creating a prize pool of $703,350. Hailing from Halifax, NS Livingston reached the official final table of eight but had Calvin Anderson, Brandon Shack-Harris, and John Monnette staring back at him.
Livingston had already cashed twice in 2016 busting 22nd in Event #34 for $3,820 and 58th in Event #45 for $3,550. Livingston would end up running into some tough spots and was eliminated in fourth place. A score worth $46,652 brought his career WSOP earnings to $521,717.
This year’s WSOP featured an online bracelet event with a live final table. Event #66: $1000 WSOP.com ONLINE NLHE began on the virtual felt with 1,247 runners. Canadian Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault under the screenname ‘mariovideo’ brought the third-largest stack to the live final table of six after a one day grind in the online portion.
Having a hugely successful year in 2013, Carpentier-Perrault had not cashed in WSOP events since. With about $62,000 in previous WSOP earnings the Montreal, QC resident took home $110,172 for a third-place finish.
Scott Davies (Vancouver, BC), 15th – $27,665 – Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights 8-Max NLHE
Daniel Negreanu (Toronto, ON), 12th – $92,702 – Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Timothy Vukson (Mount Forest, ON), 12th – $14,629 – Event #64: $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
June Jenkins (Hamilton, ON), 18th – $5,089 – Event #65: Ladies NLHE Championship
Carl Martel (Drummondville, QC) 10th – $35,269 – Event #69: $1111 Little One for One Drop
That wraps our coverage of the 47th annual World Series of Poker. Congrats to all Canadians on their summer adventure in Las Vegas. A big congrats goes out to Kristen Bicknell who was Canada’s only bracelet winner this summer. Now the Canadian poker community will focus their energy on cheering Griffin Benger who made the WSOP Main Event November Nine. Read more about Benger’s epic feat here.