Today at The 2012 WSOP, Day 13- Chan Setting Record Pace & “Big Dog” Coming Through


 Event #12 – $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em World Championship – Final Day

Popular High Stakes and online poker prodigy Brian Hastings earned his first World Series of Poker bracelet and the $371,498 first place prize money in this one, after defeating runner up Jason Mo.

While Hastings hails from the USA, his hefty win is still good news for the Canadian economy at least; Hastings has been living part time on our West Coast to continue his online career and playing in some of our live events, so I’m sure at least a few local businesses will reap the benefits of this High Roller’s recent haul. His regular opponents might not be quite as excited..


  • Event #13 – $1500 Limit Hold’em – Day Three

David Arsht

As compared to other field numbers for the 2012, the 730 entries that made up this event certainly didn’t fall off at any record pace. Scheduled to wrap on Thursday, the “unofficial final table of 10” wasn’t even reached until about 10:00pm EST, it’s looking to be a long night or those remaining; we won’t say for sure that the latest bracelet winner will have been determined by morning, but we’ll certainly make sure to update you who does take down the $211,921 and title at some point.

3 Canadians made their way into the money in this one; Joshua Biedak of Victoria was our deepest finisher in 23rd for a $6,652 pay-day, Edmonton poker legend Jaspual (Paul) Brar managed a 45th place cash worth $4,572 and Kalpesh Raichura of Nepean Ontario takes home $3,833 for making to 48th before finding the bare felt.

Update:  Congratulations to David Arsht, Winner of Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em


  • Event #14 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout – Day 2

We have a much better idea of which of our players have made it through their first table on Day 1 to guarantee a $5,295 payday.

Unfortunately, all of our own have already been eliminated from this one as follows:

Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek grinded out his table in solid form, eventually facing Layne Flack heads-up to see who would advance to the final 12 of Day 3. Flack had quite the chip advantage from what we could gather via twitter updates and Jarzabek couldn’t find away to change that and was eliminated in a frustrating 25th.

We have a feeling that this was just a warm up as far as how Casey’s summer will go; as one of Canada’s most accomplished players on the virtual felts, expect to see his name come up big before the 2012 WSOP wraps up.

Gavin Smith hailing from Guelph Ontario, 87th place. Matt Wilkins of Stratford Prince Edward Island, out in 94th. Terrence Chan of Vancouver rounds out the double digit finishes in 99th while Quebec’s Erik Cajelais was eliminated 109th.

It should be noted however that Terrence is still making quite the performance; Chan has cashed a total of 5 times already out the 7 events he’s entered so far at the 2012 World Series of Poker and at this rate, he’ll most likely be the top for the summer in that regards…out of all the players from around the globe.

Canada’s Simon Charette was tied for 2nd place with 6 2011 WSOP cashes in this category last year; about one in every 3.5 events he played. Terrence’s 1 in 1.4 ratio so far is near unheard of.

Looking a little deeper, we found that according to WSOP reporter Nolan Dalla, the All Time Record is set at 10, a mark hit by Nikolay Evdakov back in 2008. Dan O’Brien earned the bragging rights of the most at 7 for 2011, but we are pretty sure Chan’s competitive nature will drive him to crush both these numbers, especially considering such a strong start.


  • Event #15 – $5000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo – Day 2

212 players started this one with 24 paying and a top prize set at $269,037. A little after midnight EST, we still had a ways to go before the money hits with around 50 players still remaining as they headed into the dinner break in Las Vegas. Winnipeg’s Clayton “slammedfire” Mozdzen reported a healthy stack via twitter and WSOP chip counts at the time indicated 4 Ontario players still in the mix; Drew Scott (16th), Nicholas Verkaik (22nd), Paul Sokoloff (34th) and Alexander Krapivinsky (50th) were all still on the board at the time of writing, so we hope to see all of the above back for Friday’s Day 3.

It’s looking like they will play down until at least the money tonight and we’ll have those updates and which Canadians are still in contention for you in our next report.

 Update: Drew Scott, Paul Sokoloff & Clayton Mozdzen all busted.   Alexander Krapivinsky (10th)  Nicholas Verkaik (17th)

Event #16 – $1,500 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em

It only took until Level Six to chop this 1604 players starting field to under 650 players and by Level 8, that number had been almost cut in half again. 162 players will make the pay-outs, with $454,835 in cold hard cash to along nicely with the WSOP gold.

Mark Radoja sits near the top of the leader board, Steve “betrthanphil” Tripp and Eric Cajelais were just a few of our contenders reporting chip stacks in front of them for Day 2 and we are sure a few other tough Canucks have also advanced to the money and final 137.



With the Electric Daisy Carnival in town, (a 3 day long dance and music performance filled party), reports of an abundance of shiny short skirts and letting loose for the weekend are seeming going to take priority over poker this weekend for some of the players who have been bracelet hunting all week.

For those continuing the grind, Event #17 – $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and Event #18 – $2,500 Seven Card Razz are set to kick-off Friday. Like the EDC, these aren’t every players cup of tea, but the well bankrolled and mixed game specialists are sure to take advantage of their edges in these ones. Don’t expect fields to hit the thousands, do expect some of pokers best and most diverse amongst the entrant’s lists.










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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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