Today will be filled with fireworks, whether it be at Canada Day Celebrations or between the ladies at the felts of the World Series of Poker, as they take their seats in what is always a highly anticipated event; #53 the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Championship. Thousands of woman, most likely along with a few tacky and attention seeking guys, will sit down to take their shot at a WSOP bracelet and a first prize sure to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Event #48, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Suspended)
Toronto’s Simon “pokerbrat13” Charette might not be considered a “household” poker name yet, but he certainly should be. Online, Simon has amassed over $2,000,000 in tournament winnings and now with being guaranteed at least another $206,348 as one of the final 4 players of Event #48; tack on another over $700,000 minimum in live winnings. Today could set a number of milestones for Simon; his largest previous win was just over $270,000 in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em at the 2010 Fallsview Classic. A 3rd place or better finish here would surpass that number and Charette has had some very deep runs leaving him just shy of titles already earlier this year; a 2nd place finish in the Aussie Millions $2,000 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max and a 3rd in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Winning this bracelet and title on Canada day would surely be epic for this world caliber player on so many levels. All 4 of the remaining players have fairly similar stacks sizes, with only about a 1.4 million chip difference between the largest and smallest. Blinds and antes will start at 60,000/120,000/15,000 for the 4th and final day; so big chunks of chip stacks will change owners every hand, making this still anybodies game. Play resumes at 2:30 PST.
Event #46 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max Championship
After returning to the table for a fourth day to determine a winner, Heads Up play wrapped up in about a half hour, with USA player Joe Ebanks using his commanding chip lead to quickly dispatch opponent Chris Moorman. Along with the WSOP “bling”, Ebanks made some serious “bank”, now having $1,158,481 more to his name than he had going to bed in the early hours on Thursday.
Event #49 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Limit
While the “official” final table had only six seats to fill, our Canadian boys had pretty impressive finishes given the big picture. Shawn Buchanan once again made it down to the single digits of the starting field, coming in 9th place for $13,987, with Toronto’s Nicholas Verkalk finishing just behind him in 10th place for the same. It was no cake walk for anybody on Day 3, with tough opponents Eli Elezra (5th for $36,596) and Jason Mercier (6th for $25,967) also still in the mix, but in the end it was a battle between Las Vegas players Leonard Martin and Justin Bonomo. Martin emerged the victor, snatching up the WSOP “Gold” and $189,818 top prize.
Event #50 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em “Triple Chance”
Daniel Idema, after already having won a bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, racked up a few more points to add towards a very possible shot at the 2011 Player of The Year WSOP Title, now his 4th cash so far. His 70th place finish came with $10,790, while Toronto’s Matt Marafioti claimed $9,561 for his third cash this WSOP. Marafioti isn’t doing too shabby himself, with one of the bigger winning totals made by Canadian players this year so far, after placing 5th in the $25,000 Heads Up Event #2, now over $155,000 in combined cashes at the 2011 World Series of Poker. Several other Canadians fared well in the event, but this bracelet won’t be coming home; Jason James of Mississauga was eliminated in 52nd for $14,937 and shortly after him pro Anh Van Nguyen went out in 42nd for $17,817, eliminating the last remaining Canadian player in the field. Just under 40 players will return to play on July 1st for Day 3.
Event #51 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better
134 players of 946 entry starting field remain after the first round of play, with rough end of day chip showing Toronto’s Alex Wice once again in the top ten of the field. Wice has already proven to be one of the more well rounded Canadian poker players at this year’s WSOP, often setting the tournament starting pace with several deep cashes in a variety of the games disciplines. As the day progresses, the field thins and the official counts are updated, we should know a little more of what other Canadians join Alex with a shot at this bracelet.
Event #52 $2,500 Mixed Hold’em Limit/No Limit
580 players started and only 153 remain, with Scott Montgomery, Sorel Mizzi, Mike Leah and Erik Cajelais still appearing to among the Canadian players remaining with healthy chip counts at the end of Day 1. Besides that, the field will need to get cut down by almost 2/3 more before the money starts, leaving lots of play yet to happen before things really begin to sort themselves out.
In the meantime, we want to wish you all a Happy Canada Day from all of us at CanadaPoker.com and hope you might be enjoying the celebrations or a little extra time off, wherever you are!