Event #16 – $1,500 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em -Day 2
137 players of a starting field of 1604 made it to Day 2, including a very nice ratio of our top Canadians; leading the way was 2011 WSOP $5,000 Shoot-out Bracelet Winner Mark Radoja was coming in with 2nd place chips to start the day. Radoja kept his momentum going through-out Day 2 and will becoming in 7th of 9 for Day 3’s final table and his sights set firmly on winning bracelet #2 and $454,835 that comes with it.
On the flip side of the coin, Ontario’s Steven Tripp was the first Canadian to make the money and also our first to the rail on Day 2 when he ran his 10 big blind stack into aces, finishing in 129th for $2,944.
Montreal’s Jason Lavallee was next to go, finishing in 118th for $3,204, while Edmonton’s Christopher Komarniski collected the same for his 109th place finish.
Maxwell Greenwood also put one up on the board, cashing in 105th for $3,529; making it five for five as far as our “2012 WSOP Ones to Watch-The Repeats” picks go. We’re still looking for a bracelet or two from these top dogs, but things are looking to be off to a good start.
Quebec players Martin Jolicoeur and Erik Cajelais were the first of our onto crack into the final 100, with Martin claiming $3,897 for 90th and Erik chalking up another on track prediction from our “2012 WSOP Ones To Watch-Quebec” list, finishing in 72nd for $4,287.
Event #14 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout – Final Day
12 players defeated both their tables on Day 1 and Day 2 to return for the final day of action and five figure pay-outs. While none of our Canadians were fortunate enough to still be in contention, the battle for the bracelet whittled down to see USA players Brandon Schaefer and Jonathan Cohen enter heads up play with virtually even stacks.
That didn’t last long however, with Brandon gaining about a 4-1 chip advantage within 30 minutes of the match. Cohen wasn’t going down with-out a fight and after about 3 hours elapsing, had reduced his chip disadvantage to about 2-1. Though Jonathan clearly put his best efforts forward, it was Schaefer’s time to shine and he captured the bracelet and $311,174 first place prize money.
Event #15 – $5000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo – Final Day
Canada had a good shot at gold in this one with several Toronto players still in contention as play entered the final day. While the two came very cloae, Alexander Krapivinsky barely missed the final table with his 11th place exit worth $17,187 and Nicholas Verkaik wasn’t far him, placing 13th for $14,009.
Phil Ivey, who up until now had really seemed to be under performing at the 2012 WSOP in comparison to his to his reputation as one of the best in world gained some forward momentum with a 7th place finish in this one worth $34,595.
With the elimination of the United Kingdom’s 6th place finisher Zimnan Ziyard, it was guaranteed that the USA would be adding another bracelet winner to this year’s count. The American player to get the job done would eventually end up being Adam Friedamn claiming the WSOP gold and $269,037, after defeating Todd Brunson in Heads Up play.
Event #17 – $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em – Day 1
After an unfortunate family emergency took Shawn Buchanan away early from this summers WSOP surprisingly and indefinitely, as hands down one of the best players hailing from Canada, we were quite happy to see that things at home now appear well enough for him to return to the action here. It looks like he’s found the bare felt in this one, but you can bet he’s going to make serious dough before the summer is out.
Also in the mix of the 179 players entering Day 1 were Sorel Mizzi, Mike McDonald, Nenad Medic, Gavin Smith and Matt Marafioti. 68 will return today to fight for their share of the 18 payout spots, starting at a generous $23,876 all the way up to a first place pizeof $445,899.
While the boards are yet to be updated, Kevin Mathers (@kevmath) was kind enough to tweet today’s table draws and chip counts, so we can tell you this much as wait for Saturday’s Day 2 start:
Sorel Mizzi bagged around t100,600 (tournament chips), it’s t64,300 for Gavin Smith, Matt Marafioti sits with 60,600 while Mike McDonald sits with t51,900.
The smallest stack still in play appears to be around t19,700 while the largest is sitting with t224,500 and we estimate todays average count will be at about t77,800.
Event #18 – $2,500 Seven Card Razz – Day 1
Before registration closed, we noticed only Daniel Negreanu and Xuan Liu tweeting updates on their progress in this one. As of Saturday morning it appears that 135 of 309 players remain, but the chip counts and flags that correspond them have not yet been updated, showing only 41 names. Via twitter and thanks once again to @Kevmath, we do know how at least this much however;
Xuan Liu (@xxl23) 6/9/12 3:05 AM:
“Tortuous day razzin. Was hard to play properly nitty with people doing so many silly things, but made another day 2 with 9600.”
Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) 6/8/12 11:14 PM:
“@DNChips tortured in Razz. Won zero pots past 5th street. Officially on a bad run of late. May skip 1500 tomorrow and play 5k LH at 5pm”
Other Canadians remaining we recognize include; Chris Back (@maxxscam) t14,200, Mike Leah (@goleafsgoeh) t9,400, Pat Pezzin (@PattPezzin) t9000, and Zachary Fellows t2,400.
The chip leader looks be sitting on 44,600 chips, while the smallest sits with just 2,400. The average stack seems to be sitting around 17,000 right now and with the money starting at 32nd place, there is a ton of poker yet to be played before anyone is guaranteed a payday.
Event #19 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Not much to guess at here: weekend start, World Series of Poker, No Limit Hold’em…expect thousands to throw up the buy-in for this one and take their shot.
Event #20 – $5,000 Limit Hold’em
Many of our seasoned veterans have been playing limit from long before the “Moneymaker” boom and Fixed Limit ring games are still quite popular east of Alberta. Both Regina’s Tyler Bonkowski and Vancouver’s Daniel Idema scored their first bracelets in 2011 WSOP Limit Hold’em events.
Also from Vancouver and often said to quite possibly be one of the best Limit Hold’em players in the world Terrence Chan, who just happens to be setting a record pace for WSOP cashes this summer as well make it fair to assume we’ll have a few ringers in this tournament field.