Kristen Bicknell and Cindy Kerslake Have Shot at Gold & Canada Day Ceremony At Rio


Canada Day is this Monday and while the celebrations are sure to be widespread around home, wouldn’t it be cool to be hoisting a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to our anthem being blared in the Rio?

Cindy Kerslake
Cindy Kerslake
Kristen Bicknell
Kristen Bicknell

It’s a dream that maybe realized by at least one of a pair of ladies still in contention in Event #51, as Ontario’s Kristen Bicknell and Alberta’s Cindy Kerslake have both made the official final table.

Kristen currently sits 5th in chips, while Cindy is the shortest stack in 9th, though it does appear the remaining counts are pretty balanced count wise. Anything can happen, though we are certain the thought of claiming more than $172,000 for first is certainly going to met with piles determination.

Neither of the ladies are strangers to tough final table play, with Bicknell making her fair share of top 10 finishes in prior Venetian Deep Stack events and Kerslake having finished 3rd in the World Poker Tour Ladies Championship back in 2008.

Cindy has the added motivation of being the first Albertan to claim WSOP gold, though her work is definitely cut out for her if she is to overcome the short stack.

If either of these ladies should indeed get it done, we are sure the anthem and bracelet ceremony on Canada Day at the Rio would be met by a ton of fan fare. Good luck players!

Taras Kripps
Taras Kripps

In other news, Taras Kripps of Naramatas BC finished a very respectable 4th of 2247 entries in Event #49, worth more than $172,000, while Benjamin Dobsin was eliminated shortly behind Buchanan in Event #50, placing 22nd for better than $7k.

Unfortunately, despite a full roster of or best contenders, no Canadians wound up making the money and final 18 of the $25,000 Six Handed Event #52; “on to the next one” as they say. We have plenty of players left in Event #53 for Day 2 of the $1,500 as the approach the money bubble, but let us wait for the field to thin just a little more before looking a bit closer at that one.

Check back soon!

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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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