The 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.