Friday, June 07, 2013

Canada Brings Eh-Game to 2013 WSOP

Taking a quick trip today for a weekender up in Washington, DC. A little vacation before I head to Las Vegas a little over a week from now to join the PokerNews crew at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

I’ve been following some of the events and noting results from the WSOP thus far. The story standing out up to now would have to be the four bracelets won by Canadians already, with U.S. players having claimed the other seven won through last night. That total is one more than Canada won during the entire 2012 WSOP.

The U.S. dominated the bracelet race last year (as it usually does), winning 46 of the 61 total bracelets awarded in Las Vegas, with Canada’s three a distant second. France pulled into a tie with Canada with three overall after picking up a couple at the WSOPE last year.

I suppose with the WSOP APAC this year, Canada can count one more 2013 bracelet won with Daniel Negreanu’s triumph in the Main Event in Australia. The U.S. picked up three there as well (won by Bryan Piccioli, Jim Collopy, and Phil Ivey), so I guess the overall bracelet race this year currently has the U.S. leading with 10 and Canada next with five.

I’d noticed during this year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars that Canada was being represented especially well among the results, too, with players from Canada winning 18 of the 132 events (second behind the U.K.’s 19), while ranking first in final tables and third in overall cashes.

Of course, for the SCOOP those totals are skewed more than a little thanks to the fact that a number of those players listed as being from Canada are in fact American ex-pats having scurried over the border in order to be able to play on Stars.

Will be one story to keep an eye on, particularly if Canadians pick up any more bracelets going forward. Meanwhile, I’m going to see if I can’t disconnect a little over the next couple of days in our nation’s capital.

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