The first starting day 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, also known as the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em (World) Championship, is finally upon us. Almost, if not every, professional live tournament poker player will be in attendance at the Rio in Las Vegas over the next few days as thousands pony up their share of pokers richest tournament. Many other players will be taking their shot at this event for their first time, while quite a few more will look on with dreams of getting their chance someday. It’s the event that changes lives, making dreams come true for those that come out on top and dealing gut wrenching blows to those that fall short; after all there is only a single opportunity a year to participate or even just one chance a lifetime for most recreational players.
What will 2013 bring? Can we expect record numbers? What big names can we expect at the final table? Will a Canadian be in that 9 players? We haven’t had a seat at it since Duhamel was crowned World Champion in 2010, but Canadian players have been on fire this year, already winning 10 bracelets…of course we’ll be following all the action over the next few weeks as things play out and cheering on our players, so look for our updates on how Canadians are making out.
On the topic, perhaps the most well known Canadian player on the planet and the best we have in terms of lifetime winnings, titles and bracelets came oh-so-close again on Friday night; Daniel Negreanu finished as the runner-up to Eli Elezra in the 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball $2,500, narrowly missing his 6th bracelet.
While 2nd was good for $107,000, we can confidently say that Daniel will still be somewhat disappointed; this is the 5th time over his career Negreanu has finished one player shy of adding to his collection of World Series of Poker bling, an impressive feat on it’s own when you consider this man has played heads up for a bracelet nearly a dozen times and most will never do it once. In addition, Negreanu has cashed for more than $5,000,000 at WSOP and WSOP-C events, placing in the top ten 28 times out of 67 cashes.
Mike Watson also made the final ten players in Event #59, which was good for $12,500 and low and behold, he jumped right into Event #61, the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship where he will start as one of the top ten counts entering Day 2; it seems there is simply no stoping “SirWatts” this WSOP. He’s not our only big name doing well in the $10k though, as Jonathan Duhamel is sitting 2nd in chips just days after a $207,000 score and final table in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
It’s the last shot both will get at a bracelet before the Main Event and this one comes with $852,692 for the winner.
Event #58, the $1,111 “Little One for One Drop” has entered Day 3, with the field whittled down to a mere 67 hopefuls of the 4,756 stacks initially put into play. 4 Canadians have advanced, with Ontario’s Nghi Tran at the top of the pack as second in chips. Quebec’s Eric Afriat as well as Ontario players Spencer Cossette and Gaetano Dimaria are still in contention for the title and more than $663,000 up top.
Finally, Event #61 is very near the money to start Day 2 with about 297 players remaining of 2,541 entrants. British Columbia’s Richard Simon is in the best shape so far of the many remaining Canucks, sitting 19th, while Winnipeg’s Patrick Serda is looking good as the 23rd highest count going into Saturday.
The winner of this event will be looking at more than $609,000 to help accessorize their new jewelry, with say, a house or a Lamborghini maybe?
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