WSOP Event #29 Canadians Justin Oliver and Matt Salsberg finish in 2nd and 3rd place


Justin-Oliver-Matt SalsbergIts still been a dry run in terms of WSOP bracelets for Canada this year in Las Vegas though there have been some notable cashes by Canadian players. Probably the most notable includes a 2nd and 3rd place finish in Event #29 the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em where Justin Oliver collected $332,198 after being  edged out in heads-up play by Pierre Milan of France who pocketed $536,768 with the bracelet.

The event could have gone either way because going into heads-up, the two were about evenly stacked. It took just three hands for a winner to emerge in heads up play because the two played a big pot on the second hand of heads-up play which went to Milan.

Hand #131: Justin Oliver raised to 200,000 on the button, Pierre Milan three-bet to 525,000 from the big blind and Oliver called to see a :Ks :6h :3d flop.

Milan continued for 425,000 and Oliver called. The :Qh landed on the turn and Milan bet 1,225,000. Oliver raised all in and Milan called immediately with the slightly smaller stack.

Milan: :Kh :6s 
Oliver: :Kc :Jh

The river was the :9d  and Milan’s rail exploded as their man scored the double up. The all-in amount was 3.295 million.

One hand later and it was all over.

In 3rd position was Canadian Matt Salsberg who calls the US his home pocketing $207,842.

There were a total of 1,165 players in this event creating an impressive prize pool of $2,650,375.

Congratulations to the winners!


Photos courtesy of


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.