Howe Leads, Jarvis Still in Contention For Final 9 & Day 3 of West Coast Poker Championship


After 2 starting fields and several days of play later, 234 entries creating a total prize-pool of $340,478 has now been whittled down to just 9 players. The final table will resume at 3:30pm today for Day 3 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, at the Vancouver Edgewater Casino’s 2nd Annual West Coast Poker Championships.

Today’s chip leader to begin play will be Jody Howe of Delta BC, a tough player who’s most recent notable accomplishment on the felts was a 52nd place finish in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, worth about $160,000. Howe currently sits with 773,000 in tournament chips, roughly 16% of the 4,699,000 reported in play and well above the 522,000 chip average.

Also showing constancy in owning Vancouver main event poker is Afshin Majidi, who finished 7th in last year’s BCPC $2,500 for more than $48,000; though as one of the shorter stacks will need to do some work to improve on that finish here today.

Of course, 2011 WSOP $5,000 Bracelet winner and 2010 WSOP “November Niner” Matt Jarvis is sure to be a crowd favorite today, sitting with above average chips and representing well on his “home turf”.

Good luck to the final 9 today as they battle for the over $90,000 set aside for the top spot; also the largest 1st place prize fought for on Canadian felts in at least the past 6 months. Below are the chip-counts and pay-outs has so far; be sure to check back soon for updates.

Final Table Chip Counts for Remaining 9 Players in West Coast Poker Championship $1500

Seat Name Chip Count
1 Charles Shapiro 645,500
2 Jody Howe 773,000
3 Joey Weissman 388,000
4 Zhi Pan 680,000
5 Afshin Majidi 199,000
6 Ki Nam 616,000
7 Jun Ishii 136,000
8 Victor Deol 645,000
9 Matt Jarvis 611,500

* To Be Determined


1st $90,558
2nd $47,385
3rd $32,468
4th $22,815
5th $18,779
6th $15,620
7th $13,163
8th $10,881
9th $8,775


10th Matt “The Hawk” Kachigan $7,020
11th Don Krekorski $7,020
12th Roneen Schaffer $7,020
13th Anthony “Tony2pair” Smith $5,441
14th Allan Berger $5,441
15th Gene Lockerby $5,441
16th David Smith $4,212
17th Tom Le $4,212
18th Neil “Egreen_Neil” Davey $4,212
19th Arif Dhalla $3,335
20th Tom “Lobes” Karavas $3,335
21st Brad “YukonBooth” Booth $3,335
22nd Tyler “th9nip” Hamade $3,335
23rd Mike Kim $3,335
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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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