While Jonathan Duhamel may have taken in the lion’s share of Canadian top results so far at the 2012 Las Angeles Poker Classic, he isn’t the only Canadian making some noise; David Pazurik of New Westminister British Columbia took down the event just prior Duhamel’s chop and heads-up finish against Vanessa Selbst in the $5,100, while Nova Scotia’s professional poker player Owen Crowe also continued to prove himself one of our best with 3 cashes over LAPC that included two final tables.
Pazurik’s win here eclipses his entire official career total for tournament poker so far and it looks to be his first title, so a big congratulations to him! It does seem however, that David did come close to a big win on Canadian soil back in 2008, where he finished 4th in the Coast to Coast Championship.
Crowe on the other hand adds another chunk of change to his now nearly $1.8 million in live tournament and is creeping up on fellow Canadian east coast player Cory Carroll for the 25th spot on Hendon Mob’s Canadian All Time Money list.
In 2011, Owen won Event #40 at the Las Angeles Poker Classic, taking down the $1065 No Limit Hold’em for $37,610; despite falling just short this year, the good news is, his mantle isn’t with-out an LAPC trophy.
Here are some more Canadian results from the world renowned poker tournament series at the Commerce:
EVENT #44: $340 No Limit Hold’em DOUBLESTACK TURBO
ENTRIES: 481 PRIZE POOL $137,085
DAVID PAZURIK, NEW WESTMINSTER, 1st Place for $36,145
EVENT #40: $1,600 KNOCKOUT BOUNTY NO LIMIT HOLD’EM
ENTRIES: 97 PRIZE POOL $97,000 BOUNTIES $48,500
7th OWEN CROWE, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA $4,370
EVENT #37: $550 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM WITH REBUYS
ENTRIES:98 REBUYS+ADD-ONS: 127+84 PRIZE POOL: $148,320
5th OWEN CROWE, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA $10,380
EVENT #30: $1,070 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM
ENTRIES: 178 PRIZE POOL: $172,660
16th NABIL GLENZA, MONTREAL, QUEBEC $2,000
18th(T) SANDY LY, REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN $1,000
EVENT #28: $550 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM-MIX MAX
ENTRIES: 98 PRIZE POOL: $47,040
11th DANIEL KIM, EDMONTON, ALBERTA $1,010
EVENT #10: $340 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM DOUBLESTACK
ENTRIES 237 PRIZE POOL $67,545
23rd CHRISTOPHER LUSSIER, ST. LOUIS, SK $610
EVENT #15 $120 ALL-IN OR FOLD
ENTRIES 296 PRIZE POOL $29,600
26 CHRISTOPHER LUSSIER, ST. LOUIS, SK, $200
While not “huge dollar” finishes, what is particularly noteworthy is the deep finishes in these massive guaranteed prize pools; those looking for a “main event experience” without putting up the equivalent of a down payment on something huge will definitely want to put future LAPC series on their bucket lists. Check out the field sizes and some Canadian finishes in these events:
EVENT # 22 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM DOUBLESTACK TURBO $125
ENTRIES: 4,860 PRIZE POOL: $607,500
97th LARRY VEZINA, NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA $820
273rd JOSHUA MEAD, N/A, BRITISH COLUMBIA $300
EVENT # 2 $340 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM
ENTRIES: 3234 PRIZE POOL: $1,000,000
88th JOHN SENYCZ, CALGARY, ALBERTA $1,440
110th OWEN CROWE, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA $1,210
Things are beginning to wrapped up in Las Angeles, with a $10,000 World Poker Tour stop now entering Day 3 at the Commerce Casino. As far as Canadian contenders go, it seems that the “M’s” are in the zone; Mueller and Mizzi are at the top of the chip counts to begin Sunday’s action, while Toronto’s Matt Marafioti is also still contention with nearly an average stack. 182 of 549 entries still remain, with a massive over $5 million dollar prize-pool up for grabs; 54 spots will pay, with first place being worth $1,370,240!
Sunday will also see the $25,000 “High Roller” get underway and is sure to bring some big names and excitement with it; Phil Ivey is in the house, playing his first event on American soil in quite some time. Ivey is also amongst those remaining in the main event’s Day 3, though he has work to do if wants to take his place amongst the chip leaders.
After this, just a few more tournaments remain before the series wraps up, but be sure to stay tuned to Canada Poker as we follow all the action to the finish lines!