Currently in Canada: Elliot Smith and Ari Engel Find Wins
Keep up with all the news coming out of the Canadian poker world with this quick recap of the top headlines of the last week from PokerNews Canada.
Elliot Smith Crowned PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event Champion
Canadian Elliot Smith capped off the 11-day, 52-event festival by outlasting a field of 536 entries including Chinese local Tianyuan Tang heads up in the PokerStars Macau Main Event to win HK$2,877,500.
Day 6 will go down in history as one of the longest heads-up battles ever when, after taking only two hours to get from a final table of six players to two, it took an additional 11 hours of heads-up play to finish the tournament after Tang and Smith made an even chop deal to both take home HK$2,577,000 and played for the remaining HK$300,000.
Canada’s Avraham Oziel who qualified for the Main Event through a PokerStars Spin & Go, managed to finish fourth in the tournament for HK$1,280,000.
There were many Canadians that made the long trek to Macau and made significant cashes at the festival. Timothy Adams finished fourth in Event #35, an HK$206,000 buy-in, which saw him receive HK$1,060,000.
Troy Quenneville, who is new on the scenes of high buy-in events in the live tournament circuit, managed a third-place finish in the HK$103,000 PokerStars Championship High Roller for HK$1,800,000. Ryan Yu also cashed the event, finishing in 10th place for HK$330,000.
Lastly, Sam Greenwood finished in fourth place in another high roller event which had a buy-in of HK$103,000 for HK$515,000.
- Elliot Smith Wins the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event
- Canada at PokerStars Championship Macau
Ari Engel Wins MSPT Potawatomi to Increase Lead in GPI Canadian POY Race
Ari Engel flew a bit under the radar this week on the felt compared to other events, but managed to increase his lead in the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year when he won the MSPT Potawatomi Main Event.
Timothy Adams managed to make some moves on the list by climbing from sixth to third on the list. Ryan Yu also shot up the board with a decent week in Macau moving from 10th on the list all the way up to fourth.
Engel climbed four spots on the overall 2017 GPI Player of the Year race from sixth to second, riding close to current leader, American Bryn Kenney.
Sam Greenwood managed to move ahead of Mike Leah for second on the GPI Canadian overall list from third to second. Engel held onto the top spot of this list for the 24th week in a row.
Paul Brar Captures DSPT Edmonton Title, Winning $85K
The DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) made its return to Alberta with a visit to Casino Yellowhead, with eight events over an 11-day span.
The final event, the $1,100 Main Event, featured a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool and received 455 entries once late registration closed, creating a total prize pool of $432,250.
Edmonton native Paul Brar managed to outlast the field, including Michael DeGirolamo heads up, to take home $85,700 for first place. Brar also received a US$3,000 buy-in for the 2017 DSPT Championship at Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in California this December.
DeGirolamo collected $60,100 for his second-place finish. Armardeep Randhawa (third — $38,655), Ryan Godson (fourth — $26,250) and Russ Meilunas (fifth — $20,170) round out the top five finishers.
Shibonomo Takes Second in Sunday Million for Over $120K
On the virtual felt in the past week, Canadians made names for themselves in Sunday majors across the three major poker networks.
“Shibonomo” managed to chop the Sunday Million on PokerStars heads up and then finished second for $128,553.
“NeverScaredB” managed to top a field of 150 players in the pot-limit Omaha $1,050 Sunday Grand on PokerStars for $30,402.
The Heavyweight: The Title Fight on partypoker is a $215 buy-in which had a total of 1,526 players pay to play the biggest guaranteed prize pool on partypoker of the day. Canada’s “rnbetterfish” outlasted “UrChipsAreYummy” after a heads-up deal to collect $44,493 and the title.
For the full Sunday Briefing to see how Canadians fared, visit the article linked below.
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