Toronto’s Simon “pokerbrat13” Charette may have narrowly missed his first WSOP bracelet in Day 4 of Event #48, but considering he still takes home his largest poker career win of over $404,000, a $101,000 per day salary doesn’t sound too bad at all, considering the big picture.
Charette and 3 other players returned to determine a champion on Canada Day, with Simon eventually facing USA opponent Anthanasios Polychronopoulos Heads Up with very even chip counts. The two would exchange the chip leads several times over the battle, choosing to either fold pre-flop or get them all in the middle. After losing two races with Ace X hands and Anthanasios holding pocket 4s on both occasions, Simon found his stack severely crippled and then eliminated shortly after, his opponent claiming the WSOP gold and over $650,000 top prize. Regardless, the top result now puts Charette just shy of the million dollar mark in career live tournament winnings; a great showing by a Canadian poker force.
Event #50: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em “Triple Chance” (Suspended)
Even after playing another 10 levels on July 1st, a winner still has not been determined. Only 4 players remain in contention, but the winner will have to be determined over a 4th day of play. While all of the players are fairly even in chips, USA player Adam Geyer will start with the largest stack today, as the fight for this bracelet and over $825,000 top prize continues. See our Day 32 report for a list of which Canadians made the money in this one.
Event #51: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better
The “unofficial final table” has been reached, with Ottawa’s Michael Yee still in possession of “a chip, a chair” and a shot at the bracelet; complete with a $268,235 top prize. Toronto’s Alexander Wice was eliminated late last night in 11th place for $15,836 and British Columbia’s Aaron Duczak was also amongst the deeper Canadian finishers, taking 22nd for $8,377. Play will resume at 2:30 PST for those interested in sweating Yee, whether you are at the RIO or from the live stream rail.
Event #52 $2,500 Mixed Hold’em, Limit/No Limit
This one is also down to just one table, with 9 players remaining of the original 580. All of the Canadian players who started have been eliminated from the field, though several did find themselves making some scratch; Perth Ontario’s Scott Montgomery placed 16th for $11,835, while North Vancouver’s Kaveh Payman took home a $7,653 pay-day. Over $303,000 while go to today’s first place finisher.
Event #53: $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship
1055 Ladies (well, mostly anyways) took their seats yesterday to compete for a top prize of $192,344 and the Ladies’ WSOP Championship Bracelet, but going into Day 2 only about 141 remain. Those that are still around when the field reaches 117 will cash in for at least $1,804, the money bubble surely to be reached not long after play resumes. Amongst the Canadian woman still in the mix are British Columbia’s popular April “Miss Deal” Facey and Toronto’s EPT superstar Xuan “xx123” Liu. We are sure their more, with chip counts yet to be updated and want wish all of our WSOP ladies the best of luck today!
Starting Today: Event #54, $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (1a) and Event #55, The Poker Player’s $50,000 Championship
The last of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournaments will get underway today, scheduled to span at least 5 days with a second starting day on Sunday. Expect this to see a massive field and huge prize pool, the last affordable shot for many players to take a shot at their World Series of Poker Goals and dreams.
The Poker Player’s Championship will put today’s entrants through the ringer, with a huge variety of poker disciplines involved; Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz , Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball will all be played, really allowing opportunity for the true poker elite to shine.
Expect top Canadian players Shawn Buchanan, Mike Watson, Greg Mueller and Daniel Negreanu to be just a few of the big names taking a seat today. Rumors of Phil Ivey sitting down in this one for his first event of the 2011 WSOP are also floating around; if there is indeed any truth in them, it is sure to make headlines today.
Come tomorrow, there are only 3 events remaining to start this year, the last being the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship beginning next Thursday.