We’ve now entered the final week of preliminary events at the WSOP leading into the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship and already things are off to a good start; Monday’s play seen Michael “SirWatts” Watson make yet another World Series of Poker final table and Jonathan Duhamel is at the top of the pack going into Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
This is Watson’s third final table and fourth top ten finish of the summer. Michael’s 5th place Canada Day finish in Event #53, a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em with 2,816 runners, was worth more than $153,000 this go, putting him close to $250,000 over his deep finishes. It’s also seeing him skyrocket to the top of the Player Of the Year races, moving into first for Bluff and climbing the Top Ten under the CardPlayer ranking system. It looks very likely he will lead the Global Poker Index POY after this latest result is updated as well.
The $50,000 Poker Players Championship (Event #55) is often considered the true test of Champions at the World Series of Poker, or just anywhere for that matter. Players need to be proficient in Triple Draw 2-7, Limit Hold’em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, Stud 8, No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha to stand a chance at this title, it’s hard enough for the “average Joe” to remember which disciplines are involved, never mind master all of them. The result is an elite field of the games finest, this time around drawing 138 entries to create a top prize of $1,774,089.
Along with earning a WSOP Bracelet, players also have their name etched on the coveted Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, a testament of sorts that they are indeed one of the greatest poker, (not just Hold’em), players of all time.
Going into Day 3, Jonathan Duhamel is sitting 2nd in chips of the 78 players remaining, well ahead of the pace at more than 4 starting stacks after less than half the field has been eliminated. Tuesday’s play should see the field thin significantly however, most likely getting at least close to the 16 spots paying at least $111,893.
Canadians Greg Mueller (39th entering) and Mike Leah (48th) are also still in the running.
Jumping back to Event #54, a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with 2,883 entries, we have another Day 3 contender; Jason Bigelow of St. Johns Newfoundland has advanced with the final 14, however with less than 5 big blinds, he’s going to have to find a little luck to climb the pay ladder. A chip and chair is all it takes though they say…
Event #56 is another $1,500 No Limit Hold’em progressing to Day 2 as the starting field of 1,736 has been thinned to 242. They have a bit to go before the bubble breaks, with 198 spots paying, however Edmonton’s Jamil Kanjim will be at the top of the pack in 9th position when players do take their seats.
Quebec’s Ami Alibay is also in good shape, sitting 22nd and looking for yet another spectacular finish, having already finished 8th in a $1,500 earlier in the Series.
Lastly, a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em, Event #57, will kick off Tuesday’s play with it’s starting day.