The 2013 World Series of Poker has been a record setting year for Canada when it comes bracelets and when we aren’t winning them, we are certainly coming close. At least 30 seats at final tables have been occupied by Canadians have sat by the start of the 60th event; an even better statistic when you consider we make up less than 10% of the attendance!
These past few days have been no different, with Jonathan Duhamel making as part of the final 8 players that returned for Day 5 of Event #55, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Unfortunately however, he was also the first player to be eliminated, being sent to the rail in 8th place for a little better than $207,000.
Friday’s play will see two of our best in contention for yet another bracelet; Daniel Negreanu and Mike Watson are both in the final 10 of 282 entrants in Event #59, a $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Limit Lowball.
No matter what happens, this marks a remarkable 5th top ten or better finish for Watson over the summer and it would certainly be great to see that performance validated with a bracelet here. Daniel Negreanu has also had a great year so far, winning the Main Event bracelet in the inaugural WSOP Asian-Pacific back in April.
If you follow @RealKidPoker on Twitter, you may have also noticed prop bet that he’s made with any takers on himself or Ivey winning another bracelet this summer. An unnamed friend was wagering even money that this will happen and with only a few events left, this is definitely Daniel’s best shot to save his buddies dough. If memory serves us correctly, Greg Mueller stands to win a cool $10,000 if Negreanu can’t get it done, adding a little extra excitement today’s sweat.
First place will be paying better than $173,000.
Event #56, a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em wrapped up on Wednesday with Halifax’s Owen Crowe ending up our last man standing; “OCrowe” wound up placing a respectable 11th of 1,736 to add another more than $41,784 to his career WSOP winnings total of now more than $1,385,000 over 17 cashes. Also worthy of notice was Winnipeg’s Mark Golub, who finished a little ways behind Owen in 14th place for nearly $33,000.
The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em, Event #57, seen Quebec’s Carter Swindler coming in 16th of 784 for our best result in the tournament and was good for a slip totaling $30,399.
Drawing tons of expected attention and mucho dinero, Event #58 is the $1,111 “Little One For One Drop” re-entry that has now completed both of it’s two starting days. More than 4,750 “bullets” have been fired so far, with 1,016 players are returning for Day 2 play, of which less than half will make the money, with nearly $664,000 reserved up top for the eventual winner.
Friday will also see both Event #61, the last $1,500 NLHE of the summer and the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, Event #61, get underway. Then come Saturday, it’s once again time for the $10,000 Main Event to find the 9 players that will take poker’s biggest stage latter this fall. Participants and fans alike wait all year for this one, so be sure to check back here as all the action unfolds!