It took 14 final tables in 46 events for Canada to finally have something to cheer about. Gold. Kristen Bicknell ended the Canadian bracelet drought at the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) Thursday night, quite fittingly the day before Canada day. Not only did Bicknell capture the first WSOP gold bracelet for Canada in 2016, she also became the first female bracelet winner of the series as well.
Nepean, Ontario’s Bicknell won her second WSOP gold bracelet and first for Canada of 2016 in Event #46 $1500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold’em. The win was worth $290,768 and only Bicknell’s third WSOP cash ever. Bicknell also collected 17 $500 bounties to tack on an extra $9,000 to her top prize. The event drew 2,158 entries creating a prize pool of $1,834,300. For a full write-up of Kristen’s amazing feat, check out our article here.
Doug Lee earned his seventh career WSOP cash and second of 2016 in Event #49: $1500 Seven Card Stud. The Calgary, AB native narrowly missed out on the official final table busting an eight-handed event in ninth place for $6,889. A total of 331 entries were received fighting for their share of $446,850. Daniel Idema (Vancouver, BC) also made the money, picking up his fifth cash of the series and 32nd of his career busting in 18th for $3,108. American Shaun Deeb took down the title, his second career gold bracelet, and $111,101.
After winning a $1,000 satellite, Harley Stoffmaker (Cote Saint Luc, QC) decided to enter Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. A wise choice it turned out to be as Stoffmaker made the final table making only his second career WSOP cash in one of the toughest fields of the series. An even 400 runners donated to the $3,760,000 prize pool. Harley faced some stiff competition at the final table taking on Loren Klein, Tommy Le, and Brandon Shack-Harris. Coming in short, Harley was able to parlay his satellite win into a sixth-place finish worth $133,918. Mike Watson made the money as well banking $18,925 for 39th.
Gavin Smith gathered the attention of Canadian poker fans for the second time this series reaching another final table in Event #53: $1500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8/8; and Big O. Smith, from Guelph, ON made his eighth WSOP final table, second of 2016, and 37th career cash. Smith entered the final table with a slight chip advantage but with four players remaining got into a pot worth 80% of the chips and play and came out on the wrong end, busting in fourth for $54,889.
Chris Back (Vancouver, BC), 12th – $13,205 – Event #45: $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO
Daniel Negreanu (Toronto, ON), 12th – $20,783 – Event #47: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw
Mike McDonald (Waterloo, ON), 24th – $14,862 – Event #48: $5,000 NLHE Turbo
Sam Greenwood (Toronto, ON), 12th – $17,255 – Event #50: $1,500 Shootout NLHE
David Valcourt (Sept-Iles, QC), 20th – $16,536 – Event #52: $3,000 NLHE
The WSOP is now quickly coming to an end, but there are plenty of opportunities still to come for another Canadian bracelet. Good luck to all Canadians on their summer adventure in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to Canada Poker for up-to-date WSOP news and events and follow your favorite Canadian poker players throughout the series. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates over the series.