Seven days have passed since the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicked off in Las Vegas and the hunt for gold bracelets is on. Canada has yet to have a representative at a final table through the first four events but there is a lot of poker to be played.
Daniel Negreanu’s $25,000 fantasy draft took place late last week with 11 teams selecting their players for the summer. Canadians were some of the most sought-after during the draft with Mike Leah going to Team RunItUp, also known as team media, Shawn Buchanan to Team Gorodinsky, Mike Watson was scooped up by Team Alaei, and Jonathan Duhamel went to Team Fleyshman. Negreanu was the lone Canadian team owner selecting himself of course. Full team details, player costs, and scoring can be found here.
Most of the focus during the first week has been on Event: #2 $565 Colossus II. When registration closed after the sixth starting flight, 21,613 entries were received. Down from last year’s 22,374 but will still stand as the second largest live tournament ever. The prize pool closed at $10,806,500 with 3,245 places paid and a top prize of $1,000,000. The final table was set late Monday night and will be played out Tuesday. Two Canadians finished in the top 20 as Andrew Yip of Richmond Hill, Ontario narrowly missed out on the final table busting in 11th place for $72,054 and Warren Chu of Vancouver, B.C. finished 17th for $44,740. There were 801 Canadian entries this year.
Robert Mizrachi claimed his fourth bracelet in Event #3: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship besting a stacked final table including George Danzer, David Benyamine, and Ted Forrest. Mizrachi defeated Matt Grapenthien heads-up to claim the $242,662 top prize. The first $10k Championship of the year drew 87 entries including Canadians Mike Leah and Daniel Negreanu, neither of which made the money.
Winning his first ever live mtt, Kyle Julius scored a WSOP gold bracelet taking down Event #4: Top Up Turbo No-Limit Holdem. Julius topped a field of 667 to win $142,972. American pros Ben Yu and Vinny Pahuja also made the final table. The top Canadian was Graydon Kowal of Calgary, Alberta who placed 50th for $2,447.
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.