Monday June 24,2013 : CANADIAN PLAYERS SCORE AGAIN AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Oliver and Idema claim bracelets 8 and 9 for the Great White North
Canada's bracelet count at the World Series of Poker continued to mount as the new week began, with Justin Oliver of Toronto and David Idema from Vancouver winning bracelets – making it nine for Canada thus far.
Oliver, a 37-year-old jeweller, claimed his first WSOP bracelet in the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed event – number 38 on the WSOP schedule – along with the main prize of $309,071 after coming out tops in a field of 565 other players, many of them respected names in the game.
The entry field generated a prize pool worth $1,287,650, enabling 64 players to cash for a minimum of $4,223.
The Canadian did not look promising at all in the last phases of the game, especially in the six-and-a-half-hour final table, but staged a remarkable come-back which saw him prevail into the heads up against Nick Schwarmann. Despite Schwarmann's 6 to 1 lead Oliver kept his cool and played a few double ups finally enabled him to take the lead and ultimately despatch Schwarmann in the 115th hand of the heads up for $191,434.
The other two finishers were:
3rd: Jared Jaffe – $129,447
4th: David Pham – $89,736