Greg Hartwick of Bolton Ontario is the latest Canadian to bring home some World Series of Poker related bling after taking down Event #3 at the Caesars Palace WSOP Circuit stop. Known as “Crazykoby” in the forums, Hartwick scored more than $26,000 for besting a field of 207 in the $560 WSOPC ring event. This was Greg’s 3rd cash in an official WSOP events, with combined winnings now totaling nearly $40,000.
The news also added quite nicely to the WSOP related headlines Hartwick and his home-game buddies in the Orangeville Poker Tour have been making as of late; this past summer OPT member Kirk Caldwell also brought home some WSOP gold after winning Event #32 and enough money to reach the Top Ten of the 2011 Canadian Money List. The leagues founder, Steven Kerr, was also recently announced as part of Team Canada for Blue Sharks Optics, makers of the official eye wear of the WSOP.
Hartwick is the only Canadian to “take one down” so far over the 11 event series, however we have had more than our fair share of final table finishes so far.
It isn’t over yet either, as after a combined starting field of 662 took their seats over several Day Ones for the $1,600 Main Event, Vancouver’s Jonas Mackoff begins Sunday afternoon start 3rd of 132 remaining runners. @Donut604 is hot on the heels of a 20th place finish of 228 in Event #9, a $1,080 No Limit Hold’em. Things wrap up on Monday, so we’ll keep an eye on his progress as well as results for of any of our own in Event #11, a $350 No Limit Hold’em is also underway and looks to be the the final event of the Caesars Palace WSOP Circuit series.
Here are some other notable results by our Canucks:
Event #1, No Limit Hold’em, $350 buy-in
Malcolm Buller of Lacombe had our best showing, finishing 13th of 482 for $1,846 while Lampton Quebec’s Francois Clement was not far behind him with a 16th place finish worth $1,529.
Event #2, No Limit Holdâ€™em, $350 buy-in
A couple of Calgarians did some damage here and our best finisher is no stranger to the poker community here or in Las Vegas; Doug Lee was back at another Caesars final table, with an official finish of 4th place of 887 runners worth $17,098. Bruce Tysdal just missed joining him in the top ten, finishing in 12th for $3,854.
Event #3 was a $560 No Limit Hold’em and while we already talked about the our Canadian winner, it look like Robert Bower wanted a bit of time on the other side of felt before the 2012 Kick-off Series; the Deerfoot Inn and Casino poker houseman from Brooks Alberta came in 10th for $1,904.
Event #4, Pot Limit Omaha, $350 Buy-in
Chris “Maxxscam” Back of Vancouver has solid a reputation of making final tables; as a matter of fact he has made at least one final table in the BCPCs for 3 years running. Here in Vegas, however, it was 4th of 120 for $3,349.
Event 5, “Ante Only” No Limit Hold’em, $350 buy-in
Ferdinand Quelle of Brandon Manitoba took 8th of for $1,733, while Donald Mccready of Grande Prairie finished 11th
Event #6, No Limit Hold’em-Six Handed, $350
This one had players from all over our map, with Yeping Shan of Sherwood Park Alberta showing our top performance with a 4th of 349 worth $7,648. Michael Drescher of Univik in the Northwest Territories finished 12th for $1,555 and Paul Soucy of Toronto took 16th for $1,168.
Event #8, No Limit Hold’em, $350 buy-in
Mark Byczkiw of Hamilton Ontario placed a very respectable 5th of 424, signing for $6,863 from the cash cage.
We’ll leave you with this little update; in the time it took to tap out this update, the field has thinned to just 84 in the $1,600 and Mackoff still sits in the top 3 chip counts. The money starts at 72, with more than $197,000 and a gold ring going to the winner; good luck to our remaining players!