Alex Livingston, the last Canadian standing in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, crawls from dead space to fourth place!
Let me start by saying, first and foremost, my
sincerest apologies to Canada’s own Alex Livingston! With Day
7 of the World Series of Poker Main Event fast approaching, I
made the unforgivable mistake of counting you out. But with just 9
blinds to your name – ranked 34 out of 35 remaining – you clawed
your way back, double after double, to rejoin and run deep in the
I wasn’t the only one, though. WSOP reporters
gave Livingston and Steven Parrott (then #35) no chance
either, although they were commended for having no pressure on their
shoulders. “Double up or say goodbye” was the sentiment to their
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun
Parrott did just that, exiting in 34th at the
start of Day 7. But not Livingston. He found just the right
opportunities, and capitalized on them, time and time again. He
started with a double-up through Luke Graham, running pocket
10♠ 10♦ into the
latter’s K♦ Q♦ to bring his
stack to 5.45m. Five minutes later, he doubled again through
Christopher Ahrens, flopping a set of 5’s over the German’s
Now with some wiggle room, Livingston got back
to straight poker, winning a little here, losing a little there, but
keeping an overall steady influx of chips coming to his end of the
table. By the afternoon break, he was just over 15.5m. A few more
hours and of fluctuation ensued before the biggest hand his day
played out around 6p.m.
Defining Moment for Alex Livingston
Back down to just 7.5m, Livingston put it all
in from early position. Austin Lewis made the call, as did
Nicholas Danias, down to 5.825 from the BB. The cards were
Alex Livingston: A♦
Nicholas Danias: A♣ 10♣
Austin Lewis: 10♥
Lewis had the bigger stack and the upper hand
when the flop brought:
8♣ J♣ Q♥
Danias was hanging on by a thread, needing the
last 10 in the deck to stay alive. Livingston was looking a little
better, having a range of outs to save him from
disaster. A 9 would keep him alive, tying Lewis for the Queen-high
straight. Any King or club would give him the win.
turn was no help, but the rail erupted when the river brought K♥.
Livingston scored over 12m chips, bringing his total to 21.825m and
breathing new life into his game.
The fluctuations continued again from there,
dropping as low as 12m at one point, but soon after climbing back to
31.7m with a double through Milos Skrbic.
Michael Niwinski Eliminated in 12th
The top Canadian to start the day wasn’t having so much luck by this time. Right about midnight, Michael Niwinski ran into a problem. Its name was Henry Lu. With 18.2m and A♥ K♦underneath, Niwinski put it all on the line. Lu had him right off with pocket 7 that turned into a full boat, 7s over 10s, on the flop.
Michael Niwinski headed
to the rails in 12th place, collecting $600,000 for his esteemed
efforts and more than doubling his career earnings to $1,057,255.
Meanwhile, Livingston was
back at playing pendulum with his chips, dropping to 15m only to work
his way back up to 37.8m as the day came to an end; good for 5th
place going into the final table.
Lonely Canadian in Main
Event Final Table
Alex was the only
Canadian to make it to the elite nine, and he won’t give it up
easily. He’s been cool, calm and calculated, making cautious
decisions throughout the day. As of now, he is one of just five
players remaining, and unfortunately, he has the low stack once
again, holding on tightly to just 28,100,000 as game play continues
into the evening.
Here are the current
standings as we anxiously follow the events of Day 9:
UPDATE: Upon publishing, Alex played a deep hand, getting it all in against Gates who snap folded. Alex’s stack is looking a lot healthier at 54,000,000. good luck!
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