With 48 of 69 events completed or underway, the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Canadians are running out of time to capture our first gold bracelet of the summer. This past week did however have some bright spots and big sweats.
The week started out with high hopes as Markham, Ontario’s Kam Low made a deep run in Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Low was earning his fourth cash at the WSOP as he entered the final table. Overcoming a field of 1,796, Low eventually fell short of the title and grabbed a good chunk of the $2,424,600 prize pool. Low’s third-place effort was worth $179,187.
A day later, Charles Rinn also gave Canada a final table sweat to cheer for. The Langruth, Manitoba native scored his first ever WSOP cash reaching the final nine of Event #31: $1000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. The event drew 1,476 players over the age of 65, creating a prize pool of $1,328,400. Rinn was unable to hold when he was all-in with [Ad10c] against the eventual champ’s [KdQs] and was eliminated in fourth for $73,943.
Canada certainly had lots of chances over the week finding another final table in Event #33: $1500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em. Stephen Ladowsky of Toronto, ON turned his third cash of the 2016 series and 24th lifetime into a final table appearance. Ladowsky did not have an easy task entering play with a short-stack and up against the likes of Jon Turner, and would-be winner Adrian Mateos. Ladowsky did manage to climb the ladder one rung busting in eighth. His reward for the feat was a nice payday worth $42,252.
One of the most anticipated events over the last two years has undoubtedly been the ‘Monster Stack’. This year Event #41: $1500 MONSTER Stack gathered 6,927 entries producing a whopping $9,351,450. There are currently 26 players left chasing the $1,120,196 top prize. Two Canadians remain in the hunt; Micael Egan (Guelph, ON) sitting 16/26 and David Valcourt (Sept-Iles, QC) towards the bottom of the pack, 25/26. Both men guaranteed at least $39,027!
Christopher Kruk was the next final tablist making a run for WSOP gold. Kruk was the only Canadian to advance through the first round of Event #42: $3000 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em making the money and then breezing through the second round to reach the final table. Hailing from Toronto, Kruk was guaranteed his third career WSOP cash entering a well stacked final table. Breezing past poker stars Stephen Chidwick, Faraz Jaka, Ryhys Jones, and Maria Ho, Kruk earned a third-place prize worth $119,686.
The WSOP released the halfway-mark statistics this week and as predicted, Canada’s attendance is way down. In 2015, Canada had 4,871 entries over the course of the series and so far through 2016 only 2,287 have been received.
Ryan Theriault (Fall River, NS) 18th, $14,561 – Event #30: $3000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
Mike Watson (Toronto, ON) 22nd, $11,534 – Event #30: $3000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
David Lim (Nanaimo, BC) 10th, $7,853 – Event #34: $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Mike Watson (Toronto, ON) 18th, $7,853 – Event #34: $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Alex Livingston (Halifax, NS) 22nd, $3,820 – Event #34: $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Paul Sokoloff (Toronto, ON) 16th, $7,032 – Event #36: $2500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud
Mike Leah (Toronto, ON) 11th, $23,665 – Event #43: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
The WSOP is now more than halfway through, but there are plenty of opportunities still to come for the first 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