As the last Sunday before the start of the $10,000 Championship Event begins, there are plenty of Canadian players to watch all across the Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas. Most notable are the efforts of Genevieve Gloutnez in the Ladies’ Championship and two time WSOP bracelet winner Greg “FBT” Mueller’s Day 1 run in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
Event #50 – $5000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em – Conclusion
Over the span of two hours, the four men who came back to the suspended final table on Saturday worked their way down to a champion. Adam Geyer entered this four way battle with a slim chip lead over Antonin Teisseire and Darryl Ronconi, but lurking in fourth place was two time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich.
With the blinds at a massive 50,000/100,000 with a 10K ante, it was anyone’s tournament to seize and Teisseire did that from the start. Teisseire eliminated Froehlich when his A-K outflopped Froehlich’s pocket Jacks, denying Eric his third bracelet. Teisseire would then take out the former chip leader, Geyer, to set up the heads up match against Ronconi. Almost even in chips, the duo would battle over the next hour and a half to determine the champion.
Teisseire would slowly begin to work out to a lead against Ronconi, using the all-in move to force Ronconi to lay down several hands. Down to under two million in chips, Ronconi began to use the same tactic as several hands went by without a flop. On the final hand, Ronconi (Q-8) pushed one time too many as Teisseire made the call with his A-8 (one heart). Behind before the flop, Ronconi saw a chance when a Queen hit the flop, but there were two hearts also in the mix.
A third heart on the turn opened several outs for Teisseire to either hit an Ace or a fourth heart on the board to take the hand and the championship. When the nine of hearts hit the river, Teisseire’s French entourage erupted in celebration as they cheered their victorious countryman. The victim of a cruel, four heart board, Darryl Ronconi had to walk away from the table with the $510,053 consolation prize.
Antonin Teisseire’s victory marks the second French bracelet for the WSOP (third if you count former Frenchman Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier along with pro Fabrice Soulier) and marks Teisseire’s largest ever win. He will bank $825,604 and, more importantly, can now call himself a WSOP bracelet winner.
Event #51 – $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo – Final Day
Ten men came back for the final day of play in Event #51 and all of Canada was watching as Ottawa’s Michael Yee came to the table with the second shortest stack. What Michael would do with the 213,000 in chips he had to start Saturday play would prove to be thrilling.
Chip leader David “Doc” Sands would take a huge hit at the start from Jeffrey Gibraltar and could never regain those chips, eventually ending up as the tenth place finisher. At the official final table, Michael Yee was still close to the bottom in seventh place (230K) but would soon begin his charge. He doubled up through Marco Oliveira to get a little safer in chips and would continue to steadily play through the night.
While players continued to drop around him, Michael was able to stay out of the way of much of the carnage. By the time the dinner bell rang, Michael was part of three way play with chip leader David Singontiko and Gibraltar. Singontiko and Gibraltar constantly knocked heads with each other as, eventually, Singontiko was able to defeat Gibraltar.
Facing a huge chip disadvantage, Michael was no match for Singontiko. The hand immediately following Gibraltar’s departure, Singontiko took out Michael, who earned $165,346 for the second place finish. For the win, David Singontiko will take home the WSOP bracelet and the $268,235 first place cash.
Event #52 – $2500 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No Limit) – Final Day
There were no Canadian players left among the nine players who came to the felt for the final day of Event #52, but there was a chance for some players to make some noise. In the hunt for his first ever WSOP bracelet was Dutch professional Noah Boeken, while two players – Matt Matros and Matt Hawrilenko – were looking to add a second piece of WSOP jewelry to their collections.
Hawrilenko would start an assault for the championship by dismissing Adam Sanders from the tournament in ninth place. Boeken, on the other hand, would go in the exact opposite direction, eventually being eliminated in eighth place. By the time play had reached five handed, Matros was the short stack and Hawrilenko was sitting in third.
Following the dinner break, Matros seemed to catch fire. During Limit play – where Matros won his bracelet last year – he added chips and eventually took the lead once play switched to No Limit. Hawrilenko, unfortunately, went the other way, eventually being eliminated in third place by Matros.
Down to heads up play against Jonathan Lane, Matros held a 3:1 lead and never looked back. Although Lane would take the lead about a half hour into heads up play, Matros made his move during a No Limit segment, taking a huge pot with a pair of Kings after Lane heavily bet the three heart board. The next hand, Lane would put the remainder of his chips in the center with a J-10 against Matros’ A-10. There was no drama to the board, coming Q-Q-5-4-4, and Matt Matros claimed his second WSOP bracelet in as many years.
Along with the bracelet, Matros took down a payday of $303,501, pushing his career earnings to $1.8 million.
Event #53 – $1000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship – Day 2
Thirteen women – and one man – will come back on Sunday to complete the Ladies Championship. Of most interest to Canadians is the run of Quebec’s Genevieve Gloutnez, who will begin play on Sunday in eighth place with 201,000 chips. Of particular ire to the ladies is the presence of one man, Jonathan Epstein, who will be in seventh at the start of play.
Several Canadian ladies have already taken home their share of the nearly $950,000 prize pool. Winnipeg’s Crystal Sloan-Wallace is the highest casher at this point for her 36th place finish and she was joined at the cash out window by Toronto’s Oksana Jancevic (54th), Shawville’s Suzanne Poirier (56th), Scarborough’s Elizabeth Bennett-Martin (68th), Edmonton’s Delilah Strayski (71st), Toronto’s Tracy Rouse (74th), Richmond’s Kimberly Lim (75th), Mississauga’s Xuan Liu (90th), Devlin’s Wendy Woodgate (91st), West Vancouver’s Roneen Shafer (95th), Surrey’s Courtney Gee (105th), Port Moody’s April Facey (108th) and Vancouver’s Lisa Delvecchio (110th).
The champion of the Ladies Event – whether male or female – will take home the WSOP bracelet and a $192,344 payday.
Event #54 – $1000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 1A
The first of two Day Ones for this $1000 NLHE tournament drew out 1932 players, which should easily ensure that there will be over 3500 players when Day 1B begins on Sunday. After the play of Day 1A, 306 players are remaining with Paul Volpe temporarily atop the leaderboard. Gatineau’s Roch Cousineau is listed by the official WSOP statistics as being the highest Canadian player with 43,000 in chips.
Event #55 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship – Day 1
Only four players were eliminated from the 128 who started play on Saturday in arguably one of the most prestigious tournament poker events in the game. It had been rumored that Phil Ivey – who has not been in attendance at this year’s WSOP in protest of his home poker site, Full Tilt Poker’s, inability to pay American players – might be playing in this event with an apparent sale of the poker site (and payment of American players) solving his issues with the organization. Alas, this proved to be untrue, but it is also rumored that Ivey will be at the Championship Event once the sale is finalized.
With another four days of play before the WSOP bracelet, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1.72 million is awarded to the victor, picking out a winner at this point is impossible. Currently leading the way is Doug Booth, but Vancouver’s Greg “FBT” Mueller is in second at this point with 322,700 in chips. Other Canadians still alive in the tournament include Toronto’s Sorel Mizzi, Lorraine’s Guillaume Rivet, Abbotsford’s Shawn Buchanan, Concord’s Pat Pezzin and Daniel Negreanu.
With the massive $1000 NLHE event and the Poker Players Championship being contested, there will not be a new tournament start until Tuesday. There is plenty of action to be followed around the Amazon Room, however, as Canadians are in the hunt for the country’s sixth bracelet prior to the start of the $10,000 Championship Event on Thursday.