Today At The 2012 WSOP, Day Five.doc Xuan Liu Leads Event 4, Canadians A Plenty in Event 5 and Event 3 reaches Elite Eight

  • Event #3, Heads Up $3,000 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha

Several of our 2011 bracelet winners were looking for some repeat WSOP gold in this one, making the money in the Round of 64; Matt Jarvis, Mark Radoja and Phillipe Boucher were also joined by fellow Canadian Ashkan Razavi as well as former Toronto native Andrew Pantling. While Jarvis, Razavi and Pantling would make it through to the Round of 32 it turned out to be the end of the road in this one, each collecting $5,144 for their deep finishes of 317 initial entrants. Boucher and Radoja also turned a small profit, collecting $3,395 for their Day 2 appearances.

Going into Day 3’s “Elite Eight”, World Series of Poker Europe 2007 Main Event Champion Annette Obrestad is making quite the comeback story, now within in arm’s reach of her second bracelet after nearly finding the bare felt during Day 2 action. The eventual winner of this event is looking over $207,000 to go with the glory.

  • Event #4, Seven Card Stud Hi/Low 8 or Better

Xuan Liu

After a bit of a rocky start for Day 2 that Xuan Liu on the brink of elimination, but as she exclaimed at the pause of the evening, she “got her mojo back” to become chip leader of the final 23 set to enter Day 3. One of our 2012 WSOP “Toronto “Ones to Watch”, you know we are cheering hard for Liu to take this down!

Vancouver’s Jonas Mackoff did make the money as well, but was eliminated late on Day 2 in 41st for a $3,425 pay-day.

The remaining players are all now guaranteed at least $5,416 and Xuan could be very well be the first Canadian to score 2012 WSOP gold by the time things wrap up today, as well as looking to be one of the only females to ever win an “open” World Series of Poker event.

A woman hasn’t won an “open event” since Vanessa Selbst won her first back in 2008 and she was looking good to win her second yesterday as the Event #2 $1500 No Limit Hold’em final table played out yesterday. Selbst fell slightly short finishing in a respectable 4th however, earning more than $161,000 for her efforts. Brent Hanks of Las Vegas won the bracelet, bagging a cool $517,725 for outlasting 2100 other entrants.

  • Event #5, Pot Limit Hold’em $1,500

The chances of a Canadian player winning a bracelet in this one are looking mighty fine, as Daniel Negreanu, Anh Van Nguyen, Terrence Chan and Manitoba’s Clayton Mozdzen all appear to be sitting near the top of the chip counts entering Day 2. They have already hit the money, with 71 of 639 player starting field remaining, guaranteeing at least $2,432 USD going back to the bankroll. They will of course all be after the title and nearly $190,000 top prize and our final table should be determined today. Terrence has now looked down his second cash of the 2012 WSOP after finishing 189th in Event #2 and while we were under the impression poker had taken the back burner to his Mixed Martial Arts fighting; he clearly hasn’t gotten rusty on the felts.

Starting today is Event #6, a $,5000 “Mix-Max” that will see Day 1 play 9 handed, Day 2 as a Six Max until the final 32 players are reached and a winner is determined by Heads-Up bracket play. Event #7, a $1,500 Seven Card Stud will also get underway.



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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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