WSOP Main Event Day 3; In the Money!


Marc-Andre-Ladouceur-WPTThe money bubble has burst in the $10,000 Main Event at the 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). When play began on Day 3, 1,416 hopefuls returned to the felt with the money bubble looming. Just 1,011 earned a trip to the cage and at day’s end only 800 remained.

Montreal Nationals team manager and PokerStars Team Online pro Marc-Andre Ladouceur had a great day at the table. Starting the day not far back from the leaders, Ladouceur maintained a top stack throughout Day 3 and bagged a top ten stack with 1,302,000. Nikolaos Alafogiannis, Michael Carter, Chris Back, and Griffin Benger also bagged big stacks staying on the first page of the leaderboard. Here is how the remaining players in the Canadian contingent stack up:


10th Marc-Andre Ladouceur Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC 1,302,000
30th Nikolaos Alafogiannis NORTH YORK, ON 1,073,000
32nd Michael Carter Vancouver, BC 1,062,000
35th Chris Back VANCOUVER, BC 1,042,000
45th Griffin Benger TORONTO, ON 967,000
91st Sorel Mizzi TORONTO, ON 798,000
105th Tyler Bonkowski REGINA, SK 762,000
111th Samuel Roussy-Majeau Montreal, QC, 743,000
164th Ami Barer Vancouver, BC 645,000
211th James Boettcher Calgary, AB 560,000
216th Michael Niwinski Burnaby, BC 553,000
240th Kevin Morris Victoria, BC 531,000
255th Noeung Troeung MONTREAL, QC 502,000
282nd Yong Lu Calgary, AB 484,000
290th Marc-Etienne McLaughlin BROSSARD, QC, 468,000
304th Robert Anderson Delta, BC 452,000
374th Jeff Hakim MONTREAL, QC 360,000
415th Daniel Cheater Winnipeg, MB 320,000
438th Jean-Philippe Piquette LAVAL, QC 301,000
454th Jason James MISSISSAUGA, ON 296,000
498th Jordan Knackstedt Saskatoon, SK 260,000
511th Andrew Chen MISSISSAUGA, ON 250,000
512th Ryan Mackinnon FREDERICTON, NB 249,000
522nd Justin Oliver TORONTO, ON 243,000
541st Rene Siegrist Rocky Mountain House, AB 229,000
579th Alpheus Chan RICHMOND, BC 198,000
585th Jason Bigelow St. John’s, NL 195,000
596th Homan Mohammadi NORTH VANCOUVER, BC 186,000
607th Robert Laurie Kelowna, BC 179,000
659th Timothy Vukson Mount Forest , ON 152,000
675th Linyang Song RICHMOND, BC 141,000
681st Ratharam Sivagnanam TORONTO, ON 140,000
688th Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz Kamloops. BC 134,000
689th David Ormsby Ottawa, ON 134,000
713th Buck Ramsay HAMILTON, ON 118,000
748th Max Greenwood TORONTO, ON 92,000
756th Min Huang Vancouver, BC 84,000
777th Elliot Smith RICHMOND, BC 62,000


The overall chip lead belongs to Belgium’s Kenny Hallaert. Hallaert built a stack of 1,709,000 to claim the top stack. Rounding out the top five are Jared Bleznick (1,607,000), Duy Ho (1,480,000), Kilian Kramer (1,400,000), and Mark Zullo (1,390,000). Some big-name players bagged large stacks as well including Antonio Esfandiari (1,381,000), Shaun Deeb (1,266,000), Eugene Katchalov (1,235,000), Ray Dehkharghani (1,184,000), and Steve O’Dwyer (1,172,000).

Tom Marchese, Jon Turner, Antoine Saout, Melanie Weisner, Brandon Adams, Tom Middleton, Max Silver, and Gavin Griffin are just a few of the notables still in the mix.

Many seen their chase come to an end on Thursday. Some however were able to bust with a bit of consolation, at least making a profit. Canada’s current 2016 poker hero, Kristen Bicknell scored a min-cash. Jason Mann and 2016 WSOP final tablist Michael Gentili also earned a cash.


Jason Mann 820th – $16,007 Burnaby, BC
Pavel Dyachenko 843rd – $16,007 Aurora, ON
Charles Rifici 855th – $16,007 Ottawaa, ON
Todd Sisley 884th – $15,000 Toronto, ON
Kristen Bicknell 885th – $15,000 Nepean, ON
Michael Gentili 915th – $15,000 Lasalle, ON
Ema Zajmovic 929th – $15,000 Saint-Augustin, QC
Dmitry Vitkind 937th – $15,000 St. John’s NL


Canadians Sam Chartier, Matt Salsberg, and Timothy Adams busted before the money. Joining them were Doug Polk, Stephen Chidwick, Ray Romano, Eugene Katchalov, Matt Affleck, and Adrian Mateos to name a few.

The remaining players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at noon local time in Las Vegas on Friday. Another five two-hour levels are scheduled for play.

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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