Event #9 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry – Final Table
Dubbed as both Team BC and Team Canada as they entered the ESPN mother-ship, Askan Razavi and 2 time bracelet winner Greg “FBT” Muller started the final 9 and Day 5 with the 6th and 7th place chip counts respectively. The 3404 entries of the re-entry $1,500 No Limit Hold’em had built the largest first place prize of the summer at more than $781,000, so besides the bragging rights of becoming a WSOP title holder, there was certainly a ton of incentive for all the players at the final table.
Mueller was definitely a crowd favorite and the Canadian rail for him and Ash said to be hands down the loudest as the game progressed, with PokerNews.com reporting that Razavi’s cheering section were all wearing T-Shirts reading “Ash Can Do It!”.
Mueller would unfortunately exit early on in 7th place, though a $103,258 payday for his first event of the summer is certainly nothing we are sure he would complain about.
The remainder of the final table was pretty intense, with Razavi finding spots to increase his chip stack considerably in some well played and timed hands. He slowly climbed the board, while his eventual Heads Up opponent Amanda Musumeci controlled the chip lead for much of the day; that turned around quickly when Ashkan found himself winning a monster pot during 5 handed play to put him as the first player of the final table to cross the t5,000,000 mark.
From there it was pretty smooth sailing for Razavi, doubling his stack by the time 3 handed play began and finally, entering heads up play at about 6-1 chip advantage. Amanda would double through Ashkan once, but that forward momentum was short lived as Razavi chopped her back stack in half almost immediately after and claiming the win shortly after.
The WSOP captured a great photo at the moment of Razavi’s win, when his good friend and 2011 Event #40 WSOP Bracelet winner Matthew Jarvis leapt what seemed to be at least 10 feet in the air as the river was dealt and Razavi won Canada’s first WSOP bracelet of 2012!
A huge congratulations to Ashkan on his epic win here, CanadaPoker.com has had the pleasure of reporting on his final table finishes at both the 2010 BCPC’s and 2012 Edgewater Super Ultra Stacks Main Events and his significant successes playing as “Draethen” online; we love to see the good guys win!
We also have to give one of our casual writers Mark Daniel Hughes credit for his “Up and Comer” predictions; MD’s BC picks for 2011 and 2012, both included Ash as one of his favorites to win a bracelet. Great call sir!
According to Bluff Magazine Reporter and Poker Media guru Kevin Mathers, the win also means that Razavi takes the lead in the WSOP Player Of the Year race, though there is much work to be done yet over the summer by Ash, should he also like to lock up that title. The score will now see Razavi make a significant jump on the Canadian All Time Money lists as he crosses the $1,000,000 in live tournament mark.
Event #11 – $1500 Pot Limit Omaha – Final Table
Ontario’s Brian Garbe entered the final table as one of the shortest stacks, managing to keep in the fight for several hours before being sent to the rail in 7th place. All and all, still a pretty notable finish considering the starting field of 970 players in this one, his finish worth $31,375 as well as making our players proud, as Canada’s seventh final table finisher at the 2012 WSOP so far.
Vincent Van Der Fluit of the Netherlands took down the WSOP gold, scoring $265,211 with his win.
Event #12 – $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em World Championship – Day 2
One of Ontario’s 2011 bracelet winners, Mark Radoja was the lone Canadian left of the 152 initial entries; guaranteeing his second cash of this summer’s World Series of Poker so far when he began Day 2’s “Round of 32”. While his match with Brock Parker was one of the day’s longest, Parker eventually earned the win and continued on to defeat his next opponent and make Day 3’s “Elite Eight”. Radoja picks up $10,966 for his official 21st place finish.
Brian Hastings, who has been spending a great deal of time continuing his online poker career out of Vancouver since poker’s Black Friday, as well as fellow high stakes pro Andrew Robl also made it to the final 3 rounds. Only Hastings and Parker on this list are still in contention though, as they account for half of the 4 players making up the semi-final matches and eyeing the $371,498 up top.
Event #13 – $1500 Limit Hold’em – Day Two
With all of the excitement of the preceding events, updates have really been lagging for this one. We’ll look again tomorrow to see which of our own made the just popped money bubble and the will have whittled down quite significantly, most likely to the final 9 for Day 3. Things have been moving at a fairly slow pace, so it’s hard to say if they will be able to get down to the final table for sure.
Event #14 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
So far we recognize good old Gavin Smith as one of the Canadian names in the field who has already defeated his first table to make the money. This is Gavin’s second cash so far of the 2012 WSOP, after going deep in the $5000 “Mix-Max”. He’a guaranteed $5,295 so far, but that number will jump significantly to $17,544 should he beat his Day 2 table to advance to the final 12. First place is set at more than $311,000 and due to the shoot-out format of this one, only 21 players are really only standing between Gavin and bracelet #2.
Event #15 – $5000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo
Almost our entire Toronto-“One’s to Watch” seems to have taken their seats in this one: Xuan Liu, Pat Pezzin and Mike “goLeafsgo” Leah are joined by Mike “Sirwatts” Watson, Daniel Negreanu and Manitoba’s Clayton Mozdzen. It’s also notable to point out that half these names are already working on adding to their cashes or final tables already made at this year’s WSOP. There are likely more Canadians in the mix, but we’ll also have to wait on this one to catch after a late start on one of the busiest days of the series so far.
With so much else going down, just one event will start today; Event #16 is a Six Handed $1,500 No Limit Hold’em. Our Heads Up and short handed specialists will surely be out in full force for this one, as well as any busting early in the Day 2’s of those other events mid-way.
Things are picking and Canada is now on the board for the bracelet counts; who will be next?