The 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is in full swing with the 34th event starting today marking the midway point of the series. Canada has yet to taste WSOP gold but again this week there were a few close calls.
Early this past week Kelowna, BC’s Felix Morin-Dutil scored his second-ever WSOP cash and first final table reaching the final nine of Event #17: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. A total of 2,242 entries were received with a prize pool of $2,017,800. Unfortunately Morin-Dutil’s luck ran out and he was sent to the payout desk in seventh place earning $44,503.
David Guay of Saint-Constant, QC narrowly missed out on the final table of Event #19: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha but earned his first career WSOP cash. Guay hit the rail in 12th making his first trip to the WSOP ‘cage’ to pick up $10,477.
Perhaps the most notable run of the week came at the hands of Regina, SK’s Tyler Bonkowski. A familiar face among Canadian poker stops, Bonkowski has built a name for himself and came very close to scoring his second WSOP gold bracelet in Event #22: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. Bonkowski’s first WSOP win came five years ago in this exact same event. His victory in 2011 was for $220,817. This year he had to settle for a third-place finish worth $80,706, bringing his career WSOP earning to $494,596. Daniel Idema also made a deep run but faded away in 12th banking $9,763. The event drew 665 entries with a total prize pool of $897,750.
Event #23: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em saw two Canadians make the final two tables but neither were able to slide into the big money. Montreal, QC’s Sam Chartier came as close as possible, stone-bubbling the final table in 10th and Kai Tang of Vancouver, BC busted in 14th. Chartier earned his 17th WSOP cash worth $26,602 and Tang scored his first ever WSOP payday taking home $20,957. Kyle White of Surrey, BC also made it deep, busting in 26th for $13,508.
Canada’s eighth final tablist of the summer came from Mike Lisanti in Event #27: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Lisanti fell victim to a standard coin flip losing all his chips when his [jcjs] could not hold against his opponent’s [adkc]. Lisanti of Winnipeg, MB earned $60,392 for his eighth-place effort. The very popular annual event drew 4,499 entries creating a prize pool of $4,049,100. Burlington, ON’s Dominic Iuticone has his eye on the final table as well but came up short in 16th walking away with $22,686.
Anh Van Nguyen was looking to capture his first and the first gold bracelet of the summer for Canada after reaching the final table of Event #28: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. The Toronto native had 23 WSOP cashes entering play but unfortunately was the first to depart adding $24,140 to his now $430,658 in WSOP earnings. Seasoned performer Mark Radoja of Guelph, ON picked up his 37th career WSOP cash almost bubbling the final table busting in 11th bringing his WSOP earning to $1,630,233.
- Daniel Negreanu (19th – $19,449) – Event #21: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
- Jean-Pascal Savard (41st – $10,358) – Event #21: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
- Thong Tien (25th – $12,955) – Event #25: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The WSOP is now almost 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.