WSOP Main Event Day 2C; Large Canadian Contingent Advances


The survivors of the biggest Main Event starting field ever returned to the tables on Wednesday at the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). Day 2c of Event #69: $10,000 MAIN EVENT NLHE Championship saw 3,252 players fill the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino when play began. By the end of another five and a half, two-hour levels only 1,416 remained.

Andre Boyer
Andre Boyer
Timothy Adams
Timothy Adams

Day 2c fielded the largest of the Canadian contingent with many advancing to Day 3. Canada’s only 2016 bracelet winner and now two-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell is still in the mix along with fellow Canadian bracelet winners Sam Greenwood, Andre Boyer, and Timothy Adams. The top Canadian stack heading into Day 3 belongs to Montreal’s Samuel Roussy-Majeau who bagged 545,500 to knock off Day 2ab leader Eric Afriat. James Boettcher of Calgary and Andrew Chen from Mississauga were also able to bag top 20 stacks.

Overall Day 2c chip lead was claimed by Brazilian Gustavo Lopes who tossed 630,700 worth of chips into the bag at day’s end. Raffaele Castro (587,000), Rafael Moraes (571,900), Albert Daher (570,200), and poker legend Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi (549,400) sit atop the leaderboard.

Here is how the Canadian contingent inside the top 1,000 stack up:

Samuel Roussy-Majeau Montreal, QC 545,500
James Boettcher Calgary, AB 468,300
Andrew Chen Mississauga, ON 447,200
Griffin Benger Toronto, ON 394,500
Kristen Bicknell Nepean, ON 381,500
Sorel Mizzi Toronto, ON 369,800
Noeung Troeung Montreal, QC 365,500
David Cowling Toronto, ON 356,300
Dominick French Victoria, BC 353,300
Jordan Knackstedt Saskatoon, SK 348,800
Yong Lu Calgary, AB 339,900
Ratharam Sivagnanam Toronto, ON 337,500
Alpheus Chan Richmond, BC 316,300
Jean-Philippe Piquette Laval, QC 284,500
Pavel Dyachenko Aurora, ON 266,100
Noah Vaillancourt Cowichan Bay, BC 235,200
Michael Smith Saskatchewan, SK 228,000
Ami Barer Vancouver, BC 223,200
Tyler Bonkowski Regina, SK 220,800
Jonas Mackoff Vancouver, BC 214,400
Homan Mohammadi North Vancouver, BC 202,300
Danny Boyaci Montreal, QC 195,500
Charles Rifici Ottawa, ON 184,900
Michael Gentili Lasalle, ON 181,700
Sam Greenwood Toronto, ON 175,500
David Ottosen Edmonton, AB 174,100
Derek Gibb Oakville, ON 172,200
Felix Morindutil Kelowna, BC 168,700
Andre Boyer Montreal, QC 168,400
Anthony Diotte Lasalle, ON 160,000
Jair beltran North York, ON 159,500
David Ormsby Ottawa, ON 154,200
Jason James Mississauga, ON 140,200
Joshua Trott Richmond, BC 131,600
Jeff Hakim Montreal, QC 130,700
Adrian Kuan Vancouver, BC 125,500
Francois Gobeil Lorraine, QC 124,700
Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz Kamloops, BC 123,900
Max Greenwood Toronto, ON 122,200
Timothy Adams Burlington, ON 119,500
Dmitry Vitkind St. John’s NL 118,000
Troy Nisbet Rosetown, SK 116,100
Michael Egan Guelph, ON 108,600
Thomas Archer London, ON 105,000
Thomas Popov Richmond, BC 103,800
Linyang Song Richmond, BC 103,700
Elliot Smith Richmond, BC 102,700
John Krpan Burlington, ON 100,000
Alex Livingston Halifax, NS 97,200
Richard Mask Vancouver, BC 95,800
Amy Fontaine Whitehorse, YK 93,900
Ema Zajmovic Saint-Augstine, QC 93,500
Omri Moga Dollard-Des-Ormeaux 92,100
Kevin Morris Victoria, BC 92,000
Sebastien Sambor Guelph, ON 90,500
Michael Adamo Provienciales, QC 89,400
Jason Bigelow St. John’s NL 88,900
Brant Taylor Delta, BC 84,200


A few notable stars booking their Day 3 seat on Thursday include Steve O’Dwyer, Ole Schemion, JC Alvarado, Dan Heimiller, Oleksii Khoroshenin, Tony Dunst, Ashton Griffin, Chris Hunichen, and Liv Boeree. Main Event champions Phil Hellmuth, Ryan Reiss, and last year’s champ Joe McKeehen also survived.

The dream did come to an end for some. Canada’s Daniel Negreanu, Xuan Liu, and Mike McDonald had their runs come up short. Phil Ivey, 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson, Nacho Barbero, and 2016 High Roller for One Drop winner Fedor Holz were also casualties on the day.

Both Day 2 fields will merge heading into play Thursday bringing 2,176 players back to the tables. Play will resume at noon local time in Las Vegas with five and a half two hour levels scheduled.

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


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