Calen McNeil of Victoria is great shape to bring home what would be his first, and Canada’s 6th of 2013, World Series of Poker Bracelet in Event #20, a $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better. “Big Wheel” McNeil started Day 3 as the second shortest stack of the ~24 players remaining, steadily grinding his way through-out the day to the chip lead of the once 1,014 entry field.
The popular West Coast player has about a 3.5 to 1 chip advantage over opponent Can Kim Hua for the continuation of play and forced Day 4 on Thursday, where no matter the outcome, the winner will be claiming his first bracelet at more than $277,000, while the runner up goes how with a little bit of heart-ache and just over $170,000.
McNeil recently finished as the runner up in the $500 Pot Limit Omaha over the 2013 Fraser Downs Poker Championships in Surrey, so you can bet he’ll be extra motivated to finish one spot better here. Calen has cashed at least 7 times in previous WSOP events, but is guaranteed to just over double, possibly triple his career tracked live tournament cashes with his outstanding performance here.
Only a few events prior and also from British Columbia, Vancouver’s Daniel Idema came quite close to claiming his second WSOP bracelet, this time with a deep run and final table finish in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Event #18. Idema wound up finishing a respectable 7th out of 2,071 for $42,962.
McNeil won’t be alone in the spotlight however as Thursday will also see yet another notable Canadian poker professional look to claim another major title; World Poker Tour Champion and Playground Poker Club Players Club member Chanracy Khun of Quebec is on to his own Day 3. Thirteen players remain of 807 in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, Event #21, with more than $506,000 and the coveted bracelet yet to be claimed.
Good Luck guys!