Today At The 2011 WSOP, Day 26: Jonathan Duhamel, Matt Jarvis Reunite In Deep Run In Event #40, Shawn Buchanan Falls To Fabrice Soulier In H.O.R.S.E.

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Action at the 2011 World Series of Poker was highlighted by the deep runs of several Canadian players. While Shawn Buchanan came up short in his battle against Fabrice Soulier in the H.O.R.S.E. World Championship, 2010 WSOP November Niners Matt Jarvis and defending World Champion Jonathan Duhamel have reunited to make a deep run in Event #40.

Event #36 – $2500 No Limit Hold’em – Conclusion

Coming back to the felt on Friday to finish off action in Event #36, five men had a shot at taking home the title. While none of the players were Canadian, the conclusion of the tournament was exciting, leaving many in the Amazon Room wanting more.

While Thomas Middleton came to the resumed final table with the chip lead, he was unable to finish the deal, dropping out in third place. Action came down to Hassan Babjane and Mikhail Lakhitov for the title, with Lakhitov skillfully working his way to the championship. Following his victory at the tables, Lakhitov stated that the WSOP bracelet will go to his wife. “This year on my way to Las Vegas (this is Mikhail’s second ever journey to the WSOP), I promised to my lovely wife that I would win a gold bracelet,” Lakhitov said during the winner’s interview.“That was my motivation.”

While giving the bracelet to his wife may have been Lakhitov’s motivation, we also have to figure she will get a large percentage of the $749,610 first place prize money!

Event #37 – $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship – Conclusion

Fabrice Soulier 2011 WSOP

As expected after the final table was suspended on Thursday, Fabrice Soulier used a huge chip lead to dispatch Abbotsford’s Shawn Buchanan. In fact, it only took four hands for the championship to be determined, with Soulier dispatching Shawn during Omaha Hi/Lo play with two pair and no low. Fabrice earned the WSOP bracelet and a $609,130 payday.

While Soulier can rejoice in his WSOP bracelet winning victory, Shawn has to be pleased with his performance to this point in the 2011 WSOP. To this point, Shawn has cashed in four tournaments at the WSOP, with the H.O.R.S.E. World Championship his best finish. Overall for the WSOP, Shawn has pulled in $399,722 and, although he would have loved to have taken his first bracelet in this event, you have to believe that it is just a matter of time until he adds that piece of hardware to his tournament poker trophy case!

Event #38 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em – Final Day (Suspended)

Another tournament was the victim of the WSOP Ten Round Rule on Friday night, with the 23 players who returned Friday afternoon only able to get down to heads up action early Saturday morning.

Stratford’s Matt Wilkins and Vancouver’s Robert Cheung were not in the mix when the final table started, with Wilkins leaving the Rio in sixteenth place and Cheung dropping out in twelfth place. The other possible highlight of the tournament, Melanie Weisner’s run at a woman winning a WSOP open event for the first time since 2008, was derailed by her elimination in fourteenth place.

When the tournament was suspended early this morning, Arkadiy Tsinis held a substantial chip advantage (7-2) over Michael Blanovsky. Play will resume this afternoon, more than likely echoing the speed of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament in how quickly it will be concluded.

Event #39 – $2500 Pot Limit Hold’em/Omaha – Final Day

Of the 22 men who returned to the tables to determine a champion in Event #39, two of them were Canadian. Unfortunately, Vancouver’s Jonas Mackoff and Blainville’s Shawn Hattem were unable to improve on their starting positions on Friday. Jonas, who started play on Friday in sixth place, would be eliminated in eighth place and Shawn, who started the day in tenth place, dropped from the tournament in eleventh.

Coming to the final table in the middle of the pack, Mitch Schock chipped up during play and eventually went to battle against the chip leader, Tyler Patterson. In one of the key hands of the tournament, Schock was able to turn two pair (10-6) against Patterson’s flopped top pair of Kings (A-K) and seized the largest pot of the tournament. Schock would use those chips to surge onward to the championship, defeating Rodney Brown in a tough three hour heads up battle to take the title.

For his efforts, Schock received the WSOP bracelet and a $310,225 payout for his twentieth career cash at the WSOP.

Event #40 – $5000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em – Day 2

Jonathan Duhamel 2011 WSOP
Matt Jarvis 2011 WSOP

Twenty men will return to the tables of the Amazon Room on Saturday for the conclusion of Event #40. Four Canadian players are in the mix for the title, although they have quite a bit of work to do if they are able to take the crown from chip leader Justin Filtz.

In a reunion of sorts from the 2010 WSOP Championship Event Final Table, Surrey’s Matt Jarvis and Boucherville’s Jonathan Duhamel will be in action. Matt has a bit of an advantage on the defending World Champion, holding 995,000 in chips (good for third) while Jonathan has 347,000 (good for fourteenth). Joining them in the hunt for the bracelet is Daniel Negreanu, earning his second cash of the 2011 WSOP and looking for his fifth ever WSOP bracelet. Daniel begins Saturday in eighteenth place (217K in chips) and Toronto’s Russell Carson is the short stack in twentieth place.

Only one Canadian has cashed so far in the tournament, with Niagara Falls’ Nenad Medic earning a min-cash ($9289) for his 72nd place finish. The champion of this tournament will walk off with much more than that – $808,538 and the WSOP bracelet.

Event #41 – $1500 Limit Hold’em Shootout – Day 1

Only sixty players will return on Saturday to continue action in the Limit Hold’em Shootout, where a player has to win their table to move on in the tournament. Two Canadians were able to work their way through their Day 1 table and are in the hunt for this championship.

Canadians Greg Mueller and Sorel Mizzi will join other top players such as Hoyt Corkins, Victor Ramdin, Joanne “J. J.” Liu, veteran player Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri, Noah Boeken and Eugene Katchalov when the cards fly on Saturday afternoon. The plan on Saturday is to play ten six-handed tables to set up for tomorrow’s final table, where the victor of this tournament will earn the WSOP bracelet and a $167,060 bankroll boost.

Event #42 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship – Day 1

Several Canadians were among the 361 players who started out in the hunt for the latest World Championship at the WSOP. By the end of the day, 170 players would remain, with a Canadian who is becoming well known for his Omaha prowess making a significant impact.

In his first ever WSOP, Waterloo’s Mike “Timex” McDonald has not failed to impress the crowds in the Amazon Room. Earlier this week, Mike was able to make the final table of the $2500 Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha event, eventually finishing in sixth place. When play begins this afternoon, Mike will start the day with 110,300 in chips, a little less than half of chip leader Manny Jo’s 226,700 stack.

Other Canadian players in the mix include Coquitlam’s Ashkan Razavi, Edmonton’s Samuel Ngai and Toronto’s Peter Jetten. The plan on Saturday is to play through the money bubble (36 players will be paid) and potentially set up the final table for action on Sunday.

STARTING TODAY – Event #43 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em and Event #44 – $2500 Seven Card Razz

There is perhaps no bigger juxtaposition between games than the two tournaments that start action on Saturday. The $1500 No Limit Hold’em tournaments have been some of the most popular events during the 2011 WSOP, routinely drawing more than 1500 players. Expect the same for this particular running today.

On the other side of the coin, the $2500 Seven Card Razz tournament should draw a smaller but highly professional laden field. Razz, one of the games that many newcomers to the world of poker have yet to pick up, is player proficiently by few players and, as such, there could be a smallish field for the event. As it is also a very skilled variation of poker, expect the field – whatever its size – to be especially laden with professional players in the hunt for a bracelet.

This is the fifth weekend of play at the 2011 WSOP, and it doesn’t seem possible that, two weeks from now, we will be in the middle of several Day 1s for the $10,000 Championship Event. There are still several bracelets to hand out over the span of the next two weeks as the 2011 World Series of Poker rolls along.

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