Radoja Final 4 in 10k HU – Mizzi, Brar & Leah Come Close in Others


Mark_Radoja-WSOPOntario’s Mark Rodaja will be looking to add a second WSOP bracelet to his resume, earning his way into the $10,000 Heads Up semi-finals after defeating Phil Hellmuth in their “Elite 8” match up.

Hellmuth sent our only other Canadian in the money finisher of the event to the rail during the “Sweet Sixteen”, Quebec’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur, who earned $26,237 for 16th of 162 entries.

No matter how Sunday’s matches turn out Mark has had an very impressive track record of at least one top 5 finish at the World Series of Poker for the last 3 years running; Radoja won his first bracelet in 2011 in a $5,000 Shoot-Out, following up on a runner up finish the previous year in a $5,000 Six-Max. All told, he’s already won more than $1.1 million at the WSOP and given his short handed skills, has very good chance of adding another $330,000 to that record.

A win here would would also see him lock down tie for Canada’s previous best WSOP bracelet performance of 5 in a single year.

Already dubbed the “Year of Canada” by many media outlets, Friday’s action seen a few of own come oh-so-close to getting that done; Edmonton’s Paul “@doctorB911” Brar finished a very respectable 3rd place in Event #12, a $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em. During 3 handed play, Jaspal had his pocket aces cracked by 5 time bracelet winner Allen Cullingham. Allen would latter go one to have some heart ache of his own, finishing 2nd after a 10-1 chip lead at one point during heads up play against Lev Rofman.

Brar won more than $68,000 for his impressive 3rd of 595 player showing, improving on a his previous best pair of ~$20,000 pay-days for finishing 17th of 735 entries in the $3,000 World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championships and 13th of 2949 entries in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em at the 2012 WSOP. It’s clearly just a matter of time and a little “rungood” until this Alberta player ships a major title.

Toronto’s Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah also had to settle for 3rd on Friday in the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, his best WSOP score to date at more than $108,000, yet still miles from his largest online or live tournament scores. Leah is bracelet hunting and looking to add to his trophy collection; look for him to be deep in tournaments all summer.

Leah was joined at the final table by fellow “Ontarian” Gavin Smith, who finished a respectable 7th for $34,268.

Last but certainly not least, Bluff Magazine 2010 Player of The Year Sorel Mizzi completes the trifecta of Canadian third place finishes early on Friday morning, however it did come with a seven figure score of about $2,075,000!

Mizzi started Day 3 of the GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions Main Event as the chip leader, but would have to settle for half of the top prize up for grabs in the $1,000,000 HKD (~130,000 CAD) buy-in event.

Coincidently, he now also takes over third on the Canadian “All Time Tournament Money List”, with just shy of $7.8 million in winnings, more than $3,100,000 coming in 2013.


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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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