Event #3, Heads Up $3,000 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha
The woman of poker are on fire at this year’s WSOP and Annette Obrestad was on track to make poker history and grab second WSOP bracelet as one of the final 8 players in this one. Jason Koon wasn’t about to let that feat end his own bracelet plans however, sending Annette home with $28,409 for her efforts in the hard fought Heads Up tournament. He used her chips wisely though, advancing through Simeon Naydonev in the semi-finals to face Leif Force in the finals. Leif would prove to be a “force to be reckoned with”, taking down Jason to claim the bracelet and more than $207,000.
Event #4, Seven Card Stud Hi/Low 8 or Better
4 Ladies and 19 men started Day 3, with Xuan Liu leading the pack when action got underway. She stayed in the top ten for the majority of the day and it wasn’t until the final 6 that Liu would find herself in any real trouble. Things can turn around fast in the game of poker as any pro can contest, as they did to send Liu to the rail in 6th place for $29,985 at the hands of Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi. Ironically, Michael would also find his chip stack crippled just a few hands later.
Regardless of falling just short Liu has certainly cemented her reputation as one of Canada’s toughest players, with 3 major event final tables in just more than a year. Nice work Xuan and we’re sure your 2012 WSOP success is still yet to peak.
We also somehow failed to mention 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Idema’s 27th place on Day 2 of this event, which also happens to already be his second cash in just the first 3 “open” 2012 World Series of Poker events; Idema also made the money in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event #2, finishing 88th of 2101 to collect $4,538. Daniel picked up another $4,567 for his deep run here.
Cory Zeidman of the USA takes home poker most coveted trophy and $201,559 for winning this one.
Event #5, Pot Limit Hold’em $1,500
While Daniel Negreanu seemed to stay up in the top ten chips counts, Day 2 was definitely a roller-coaster for all of our other remaining Canadian contenders. Chip leads seemed to be rising and falling faster than the event’s break neck pace itself.
It took far less time than expected to thin the field of 71 down to the final 27. Anh Van Nguyen was the first of our remaining Canucks to hit the rail, finishing 66th for $2,432, with Terrance Chan sticking around for a few more table breaks until being bounced in 34th for $4,011. Clayton Mozdzen, running much like Chan would find himself doubling then being cut back in half repeatedly until finally, just before the dinner break things went south for Clayton for the last time in Event #5, eliminating him in 23rd for $5,883.
Daniel Negreanu, who is having one of his best years of the past half decade will be coming in 6th of 9 today to try add to his bracelet collection as well as scoop up an extra $189,818 for his career totals.
Event #6,”Mix-Max” $5,000
A total of 402 hopefuls turned out from across the globe out for the first bigger buy-in Day 1, featuring 9 handed play to start things off. Quite a few Canadians, will be back for Day 2 and will find three less seats at each table; Gavin Smith, Peter Jetten, Sorel Mizzi and Daniel Negreanu will return to play 6 handed until the final 32 are reached.
Heads Up brackets will then be drawn for the final stages of play to determine the winner of the gold and $480,564 up top.
Event #7, Seven Card Stud $1,500
After the first day of play, 110 of the initial starting field of 367 remain. As far as Canadian poker players go, the following still have chips and a shot;
Nicholas Verkaik (ON), Gylbert Drolet (QC) Jonathan Duhamel (QC), Miguel Proulx (QC), Caroline Hermesh (BC) and Paul Sokoloff of Ontario all remain in the fight for the bracelet and $126,363 first place prize. We have a long way to go before the money hits, but we’ll be back to let you know which of our own do make it.
Just one event will be starting Friday; Event #8 is a $1,500 Omaha Hi/Low Split 8 or Better as the first week of 2012 World Series of Poker play is already taking its toll on some of the eager bracelet hunters that have been at the Rio for the past week. Some will fly out to take the weekend off, while fresh faces and dreams will just be joining the party and the fierce poker competition this weekend. It’s going to be a long summer filled with exciting poker and wild ride, so stay tuned and on top of the action!