The biggest event of the year kicked off on Saturday, July 10 at the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em Championship began with the first of three starting flights at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Day 1a gathered 764 entries which is a nice boost to last year’s 741. After chips were bagged at the end of play, 567 survivors secured their seat for Day 2. American Gary Sewell bagged the top stack with 312,500 from his 50,000 starting stack. Alvaro Lopez (306,200), Scott Neuman (226,000), Sean Case (222,500), and Matthew Ashton (212,600) round out the top five.
There were 16 Canadians advancing to Day 2. Fredericton, NB’s Ryan MacKinnon leads the Canadian contingent with two more starting flights left to be played. MacKinnon and Vancouver, BC’s Edmund Chan were able to bag top 30 stacks. Here is how the Canadian contingent stack up after Day 1a:
|Ryan Mackinnon||Fredericton, NB||143,400|
|Edmund Chan||Vancouver, BC||140,700|
|Michael Goodman||Thornhill, ON||113,000|
|Poorya Nazari||Richmond Hill, ON||110,000|
|Guillaume Nolet||Mcwatters, QC||108,800|
|Andrew Yip||Richmaond Hill, ON||106,700|
|Daniel Cheater||Winnipeg, MB||96,100|
|Jeff Dusessoy||Brandon, MB,||87,600|
|Jacky Jiang||Richmond, BC||82,600|
|Marc-Etienne McLaughlin||Brossard, QC||57,100|
|Owen Crowe||Halifax, NS||55,000|
|Curtis Heron||Saskatoon, SK||49,100|
|Buck Ramsay||Hamilton, ON||28,200|
|Marcus Mizzi||Toronto, ON||19,900|
|Jeffrey Mahoney||London, ON||19,500|
|Ivan Mamuzic||Brampton, ON||13,900|
Unfortunately Canadian pros Mark Radoja and Greg Mueller did not survive the day. Radoja busted in every poker player’s worst nightmare; [AxAx] < [KxKx]. According to Radoja the pot was worth 120,000 chips.
The WSOP is now quickly coming to an end, but there is still hope for another Canadian bracelet. Good luck to all Canadians on their Main Event 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.