WSOP Main Event Day 4; Benger & Barer Lead Team Canada

Griffin Benger
Griffin Benger

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event is down to 251 players. With the money bubble behind them, 800 hopefuls returned to the felt Friday to keep their dream alive. Canadian online legends Griffin Benger and Ami Barer lead the Canadian contingent.

New York resident Bryan Piccioli had to extend his stay at the Rio for another night after bagging the chip lead. Picciolo made his climb late in the day and built a stack of 4,026,000. He is joined at the top by 2014 Big One for One Drop champion Daniel Colman (3,711,000), Thomas Miller (3,684,000), Pierre Merlin (3,396,000), and Farhad Jamasi (3,380,000).

There is still a large team of Canadians left in the field including Chris Back, PokerStars Team Online pro Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Sorel Mizzi, Andrew Chen, and WSOP bracelet winners Scott Montgomery and Tyler Bonkowski. Here is how the remaining Canucks stack up:


24th Griffin Benger TORONTO, ON 2,409,000
31st Ami Barer Vancouver, BC 2,188,000
107th Chris Back VANCOUVER, BC 1,347,000
114th Ronald Giles Airdrie, AB 1,300,000
117th Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz Kamloops. BC 1,256,000
120th Marc-Andre Ladouceur Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC 1,245,000
124th Michael Niwinski Burnaby, BC 1,205,000
128th Scott Montgomery Ottawa, ON 1,175,000
135th Noeung Troeung Montreal, QC 1,100,000
144th Daniel Cheater Winnipeg, MB 1,078,000
147th Jason James MISSISSAUGA, ON 1,050,000
152nd Sorel Mizzi TORONTO, ON 1,000,000
159th Andrew Chen MISSISSAUGA, ON 965,000
172nd Jeff Hakim MONTREAL, QC 872,000
181st Michael Carter Vancouver, BC 807,000
184th Tyler Bonkowski REGINA, SK 791,000
193rd Min Huang Vancouver, BC 728,000
232nd Thomas Archer London, ON 428,000


Some notables still in the mix include Melanie Weisner (3,078,000), Tom Middleton (3,025,000), James Obst (3,003,000), Antoine Saout (2,283,000), Tom Marchese (2,108,000), Tony Gregg (2,013,000), Chris Klodnicki (1,877,000), and Gaelle Baumann (1,791,000).

With only 251 runners advancing to Day 5, a number of great players seen their tournament lives get snuffed. Steve O’Dwyer, Ryan Riess, Ashton Griffin, Vinny Pahuja, Ivan Luca, Jason Somerville, Jamie Kerstetter, Liv Boeree, and Matthew Ashton are just a few to hit the rail. Canadian stars Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Justin Oliver, and Jean-Philippe Piquette also seen their runs come to an end. Here are the Canadians who were eliminated on Day 4:


Nikolaos Alafogiannis 299th – $32,130 North York, ON
Mark David 340th – $32,130 Canada
Jason Bigelow 374th – $28,356 St. John’s, NL
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin 420th – $25,235 Brossard, QC
Jordan Knackstedt 451st – $25,235 Saskatoon, SK
Buck Ramsay 459th – $25,235 Hamilton, ON
Samuel Roussy- Majeau 462nd – $25,235 Montreal, QC
James Boettcher 473rd – $25,235 Calgary, AB
Kevin Morris 496th – $22,648 Victoria, BC
Justin Oliver 515th – $22,648 Toronto, ON
Joe Lu 560th – $20,499 Edmonton, AB
Jean-Philippe Piquette 574th – $20,499 Laval, QC
Alpheus Chan 655th – $18,714 Richmond, BC
Ratharam Sivagnanam 663rd – $18,714 Toronto, ON
Homan Mohmmadi 704th – $17,232 North Vancouver, BC
Timothy Vukson 718th – $17,232 Mount Forest, ON
Linyang Song 727th – $17,232 Richmond, BC
Robert Anderson 728th – $17,232 Delta, BC
David Ormsby 754th – $17,232 Ottawa, ON
Robert Laurie 765th – $17,232 Kelowna, BC
Ryan MacKinnon 774th – $16,007 Fredericton, NB
Elliot Smith 778th – $16,007 Richmond, BC
Rene Siegrist 783rd – $16,007 Rocky Mountain House, AB
Max Greenwood 796th – $16,007 Toronto, ON


The remaining players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at noon local time in Las Vegas on Saturday. 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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