Every year it seems that the PCA Main Event final table presents some big opportunity for Canadian players as well as an exciting live stream for poker fans; last year we had Dion, Crowe and Roy with a decent shot at the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure title.
In 2014 we are seeing big headlines once again as Ontario’ Mike “Timex” McDonald and one of “Team Quebec’s” WSOP bracelet winners, Pascal Lefrancois, head into eight handed play for the final and Day Six, as the the 2nd and third biggest stacks. It hasn’t been an easy trek for either, as an impressive 1031 entrants began the $10,000,000 guaranteed event.
On one hand, McDonald could make EPT poker history by becoming the first player ever to win two Main Event titles, after coming oh-so-close to already achieving this on two other occasions. Lefrancois however would complete the second leg of poker’s triple crown, should he take this one down, one up on McDonald when it comes World Series of Poker gold.
In the money department, taking down the more than $1,820,000 first place prize would see Timex hit more than $7.7 million in live tournament career winnings (including a $217k finish in the 2014 PCA Super High Roller already this week), good enough to take over his friend Michael Watson’s current hold of the 4th place spot on the All Time Canadian Money List with almost a million dollar lead, while Pascal would leap from more than $1.8 million to $3.6 and be sitting just outside the top 10. Both players are sure to have rowdy rails when play resumes Monday and we’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out!
Things are also shaping up for popular Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu in the final few tables of the 247 players that started the $25,000 High Roller, as last we checked, he was sitting in the top half of the chip counts as Day 2 was winding down, leaving him with a promising shot at the roughly $1.2 million for first.
Already this week, at least one PCA trophy has found it’s way into the hands of an all star Canadian player, as Toronto’s Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah celebrated winning the 5k turbo by proclaiming on Twitter “Thanks everyone; been awhile since I’ve outright shipped a live bird…feels amazing!!”. The straight up, no chop victory was worth better than $119,700 for Leah.