The stories coming out this year’s World Series of Poker just keep getting better and better as Darren Woods of Team 888 snagged a bracelet of his own last night in the $2500 Limit Hold’em 6-Max Event #19. The background behind what makes this a little more epic really defines what the WSOP is about for many players; a couple of buddies who play poker for a living across the globe and have supported each other in terms of growth on the felt end up scoring their first bracelets only days apart.
Last Friday, went Tyler Bonowski shipped Canada’s first and only bracelet of the 2011 WSOP so far, he had only one friend sweating him on the rail; Darren. Then a few days later, Tyler had the opportunity to return the favor as Woods entered the final day, far from a favorite based on his chip stack, which was much shorter than average. Having a friend in your corner can go a long way however and Woods got the job done, scoring his own bracelet and $213,431. Now that’s some good times and WSOP summer memories a few friends will surely remember for a long time.
Canada’s Joe Gualtieri was the only one of our players to cash in the 3 day event, finishing a very respectable 10th place out of the 354 entry field. The Mississauga Ontario resident collects $14,866 for his efforts.
Event #18 has only 6 players remaining and will crown a new champion and award the third largest pay-out of the 2011 WSOP so far, as $735,400 will go to the winner. For those interested in knowing which of our players took home a share of the rest of the prize pool, please see our Day 15 report.
Event #20 started with over 3000 players, but is now down to just 26. Jason Hallee of Sherbrooke Quebec still has a chance to claim the title, bracelet and $493,091 top prize and is the lone Canadian remaining in the field. Many more did make the payouts and is quite the lengthy list; rounding out the top hundred was: Eric Afriat $11,401 (33rd) QC, Kien Lam $9,315 (44th) ON, Joel Bullock $7,686 (46th) AB, Jonathan Driscoll $4,572 (78th) Maxwell Greenwood $3,914 (89th) ON and Edmonton’s Vincent Lam who took 92nd to claim $3,400 for his own wallet.
Joel, Maxwell and Jonathan all have multiple cashes this WSOP and this is the second time all three have finished in the last hundred spots of some very large fields.
Event #21, the Seven Card Stud $10,000 Championship, could also see another Canadian player bringing home gold as one of our best, Sorel Mizzi goes into Day 3 with average chips and only 14 players remaining. Mizzi is now guaranteed to score at least $24,043 but you can bet will be satisfied with nothing shy of the $331,639 top prize, complete with WSOP Championship bracelet and title. It’s all or nothing now, so look for Sorel to be playing his best.
Event#22 , a $2500 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha is also nearing the money, with just over a hundred players left of one thousand and change that began. Chip counts look to be still being sorted out on the official WSOP site, so we will have to get back to that one in our next report.
Event #23, a $2500 8 Game Mix has already sent half the entry field to the rail and quite a few big Canadian names remain going into Day 2; Greg Mueller, Shawn Buchanan, Daniel Idema and Mike Watson all bagged chips last night and are certainly capable of continuing to add to their stacks. Samuel Ngai and Guillaume Rivet are both working on their 3rd cash of the Series in mixed disciplines, while Miguel Proulx is also definitely another name still in the pack to keep an eye on.
Events #24, a $5000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout with a 2000 maximum player field cap and Event #25, a $1500 buy-in Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better both get underway today, so it can be expected that those busting the Eight Game Mix and Seven Card Stud Championships will leave an empty seat in one to claim an open seat in the later with-out any hesitation.