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 flop.

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


The river was the  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!


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