Event #16 – $1,500 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em -Final Day
This was Radoja’s 17th World of Series of Poker career cash, 9 of which have come in last calendar year once you throw in the WSOP Europe.
He’s had five finishes in the Top 10 included in those stats, which includes a bracelet win in 2011and several more top 3 finishes.
Last night’s haul also vaulted him over the million dollar mark for live tournament winnings, now at nearly $1,200,000 and it’s enough to put him into the top 40 Canadian All Time Money List.
Radoja face opponent Matt Matros in a battle for annual back to back WSOP bracelets, going for his #2 while Matt was eying his third in 3 years. Mark owned much of the Heads-Up battle until he found himself in the tank for quite some time before making a call in a huge pot that saw Matros table two pair. Things shifted the other way, but Radoja turned a straight to get all the chips in the middle and a chance at bringing things back to even, but couldn’t fade a flush draw.
With the rivered heart, Matt Matros added a third bracelet to his poker resume and $454,835 to his bankroll.
Huge Congratulations to him and Robert none the less; great runs guys! We also owe the same kudos to one over overlooked Day 2 players; Mark Stiles of Fall River, Nova Scotia also cashed deep in 16th place for $17,323.
Event #17 – $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em – Day 2
68 players returned to fight for their share of the 18 payout spots, but it looks as if Matt Marafioti will be the lone Canadian returning for Day 3, guaranteeing him a cash of just under $24,000 as he comes in 14 of 17 for Day 3.
One of our “2012 WSOP “Ones to Watch’-Ontario” list, Matt now has his World Series first cash of the summer out of the way and has just 16 players standing between him, his first World Series of Poker bracelet and the $445,899 top prize.
Mike McDonald was also very close to the money in this one, busting just a few players from the money. It probably won’t be long until we see him get over the hump of that first WSOP cash of the season however.
Event #18 – $2,500 Seven Card Razz – Day 2
Both Pat Pezzin (@PatPezzin) and Xuan Liu (@xxl23) ran very close to the money in this one, but unfortunately there appear to be no Canadians left now, as Liu found her self the bubble girl after running a great hand into the best possible Razz holdings of Scott “BigRiskky” Clements.
Xuan already has one 2012 WSOP final table finish to keep her spirits up, so we’re hoping that softens the blow somewhat.
Only 18 of the original 309 will return today and should easily determine the winner of the $182,793 top prize.
Event #19 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Day 1
As expected, thousands turned out for this one; 2302 to be exact. That impressive total means that along with the bracelet, the winner of this one will be getting almost $560,000.
Day 1 crushed dreams at break neck pace, leaving just 262 players bagging and tagging at the end of the night.
While we wait for the flags to accompany todays chip counts, Quebec notables Philippe Bouchard (54,200) and Derek Lerner (25,000) are a few big names that immediately stand out.
They should hit the money quickly today, with the pay-outs beginning at 243rd and guaranteeing those that survive the bubble at least $2,796.
Event #20 – $5,000 Limit Hold’em Championship – Day 1
Vancouver’s Daniel Idema and Regina’s Tyler Bonkowski scored their first bracelets in 2011 WSOP Limit Hold’em events and both are still in contention entering Day 2.
Idema is technically the defending champion today, though the buy-in has been chopped in half as compared to previous years. Regardless, 169 players took their seats and there are a slough of our best poker players in the mix of the 109 returning today:
Terrence Chan with 39,200 (11th), Anh Van Nguyen has 32,100 (23rd), Michael Carter 32,100 (24th), Tyler Bonkowski 22,100 (48th), Greg “FBT” Mueller 18,700 (61st), Daniel Negreanu 10,900 (87th), Mark Radoja 8,800 (93rd), Shawn Buchanan 6,900 (97th) and finally, Daniel Idema is in need of some run good if he wants to final table this for a third year running, sitting with just 3,400 in 102nd.
Only the final 18 will make any dough, with the prize money starting at $11,071, while first place will be just over $206,000. It’s guaranteed to be a long day as Limit Hold’em is always a marathon, hopefully we see them hit the money today.
Event #21 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Expect No Limit Hold’em Poker fever for this one; it’s the lowest “open event” buy-in available and the first 1k of this years schedule, any poker player in Vegas who ever wanted to get the proverbial “I played in the World Series of Poker T-Shirt” will want a shot at this one. The pace will be insane, the weak will fall fast, while the well bankrolled will exploit, punish and gamble. Don’t be surprised to see the money hit on Day 1, regardless of how large a field we are sure to see.
Event #22 – $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Popular with those that are looking to add to their existing bracelet count, those high profile players not running up a stack early in Event #21 will jump straight into this one, even count a few players multi-tabling both. For the mixed game specialists, this is one of their favorites and the final table can almost be guaranteed to contain a high percentage of poker’s household names. It won’t be a large field, but we’ll all have a few favorites to cheer on.