Saturday June 15,2013 : CANADIAN RESTAURANTEUR WINS A WSOP BRACELET
Calen McNeil honed his poker skills whilst recovering from a serious illness.
The twentieth World Series of Poker winner's bracelet has been claimed by Victoria, British Colombia restaurant owner Calen McNeil, who triumphed in the $1,500 buy-in Omaha Hi-Low competition to earn $277.274.
McNeil worked his way through a talented field of 1,013 players whose buy-ins helped build a $1,368,900 prize pool.
Final table time saw McNeil facing pros like John Monette and Todd Brunson, along with Can Kim Hua, Joe Ford, Tony Ma, Stephen Chidwick, Won Goag and Dao Bac, which thinned down to a heads up between McNeil and Can Kim Hua…a struggle that took the event into an unscheduled fourth day.
McNeil prevailed in the end, sending his tough opponent away with a well-earned second placing prize of $171,577.
McNeil was delighted with his first WSOP bracelet, and revealed that he had honed his poker skills whilst recovering from a serious illness. Chess and poker enabled him to exercise his brain whilst perfecting his play, and winning a WSOP event was affirmation of how well he has learned the game.
The Canadian restaurant owner has been playing at WSOP events for six or seven years, making his bracelet win all the more special.
There were three WSOP bracelet holders on the final table; John Monette, Hieu Ma and Dao Bac.