Idema, Kaverman and Boyer prevail in some exciting poker action in Las Vegas
The start of the weekend has seen three more gold winner's bracelets awarded at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, with Canadian hockey pro turned professional poker player Dan Idema, US pro Byron Kaverman and Quebec retired businessman Andre Boyer all prevailing in their events.
Perhaps one of the more remarkable victories was that of retired Quebec businessman Andre Boyer (72) who broke a ten year bracelet drought to claim his second WSOP bracelet after 29 WSOP cashes and 9 final table appearances at the prestigious tournament since he began competing there in 1996.
A long-time poker fan who founded an amateur players club in his home city, Boyer had to best 872 other hopefuls to win event 34, a $1,500 buy-in Split Format novelty competition running for its second year at WSOP and requiring significant skill.
The event attracted a slew of top players, all striving to claim one of the 92 cashes from a prize pool worth $1.17 million.
Over four days the field was reduced to a truly international final table of eight, and that was quickly distilled to an all-French speaking heads up as Boyer and Parisian player Erwann Pecheaux went at it in a spirited contest in which the lead see-sawed between the two until Boyer was able to put his opponent away, sending him home with the $156,098 runner-up prize.
Boyer's second bracelet carried with it a $250,483 first prize, whilst other final table pay-days looked like this:
Andrew Gaw Philippines $109,015
Chris Bolek Ecuador $76,605
Gavin O'Rourke Ireland $55,981
Jonas Christensen Denmark $41,249
Idan Raviv Israel $30,053
Isaac Kawa Belgium $21,096
In event 37, the tough $10,000 buy-in Six-Max NLHE championship, US pro Byron Kaverman (29) finally won his first World Series of Poker bracelet and $657,351 in main prize cash after surviving a field of 259 accomplished players and besting the formidable Doug Polk in the heads up.
With career earnings around $5 million Kaverman has little to prove, and the bracelet was the icing on the cake for him in this competition, his seventh major final table at various tournaments so far this year, and by his own admission one of the toughest in terms of opponents.
On the final table he faced respected players like Oliver Busquet, Paul Volpe, Sam Greenwood, Fedor Holz and Thomas Muehloecker… and there were other aces that didn't make the final table cut but benefited from the 30 cashes made possible by the massive $2.43 million prize pool.
In the heads up, which was a disappointingly brief ten-hand affair due to the Kaverman's 10 to 1 chip advantage by the fourth hand, the Ohio pro quickly put Polk under pressure and sustained it to a victory, sending Polk to the cashier for a $406,261 second-placing pay day.
Other final table cashes were:
3 Fedor Holz $268,463
4 Thomas Muehloecker $182,448
5 Samuel Greenwood $126,745
6 Paul Volpe $89,934
Event 35, the $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. competition pulled in a field of 376 players and created a prize pool of just over a million dollars, enabling the last 40 survivors to cash.
It was a landmark event for Canadian hockey pro turned professional poker player Daniel Idema (30) who claimed his third World Series of Poker bracelet and joined the elite strata of WSOP aces that have achieved that distinction.
The $261,774 added value came from the first prize Idema claimed after besting Matthew Vengrin in an entertaining heads up.
After the game Idema told reporters that the mixed game format of HORSE made it one of his favourites.
"You don't see that many players play all the games well, so I think this is suited to someone who has tried to develop in all of them, as I have," he said.
His final table opponents included 2010 Main Event runner up John Racener, and bracelet holders Randy Ohel and Taylor Paur, but Idema survived them all to reach the last showdown with Vengrin, himself the veteran of at least six final tables in major tournaments.
Vengrin had the upper hand at the start, although not overwhelmingly, enabling Idema to quickly reduce the deficit and build it into a significant chip lead and victory in just 30 minutes as the seven card stud element concluded the contest.
It brought Idema's WSOP cashes over the past five years to 25 totalling almost $1.4 million, including 8 final tables.
The second placing pay out earned by Vengrin was $161,680, with other final table cashes as follows:
Kevin Iacofano $104,280
John Racener $75,559
Iakov Nepomnyashchiy $55,553
Paul Sexton $41,438
Randy Ohel $31,358
Taylor Paur $24,070
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