WSOP TODAY: June 13; Canadian avenges second-place finish in style

Highlights from day 18 of the 2012 WSOP (June 13)

“Second place last year hurt. I cried for about an hour. Now I’ve won and I’m still going to probably cry for about an hour. It’s interesting how it doesn’t change, yet it’s completely different.”

Canadian filmmaker Simon Charette (pictured left) avenged his second-place finish in a $1500 No Limit Hold’em event last year to win Event #23, the $3000 buy-in Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event. He collected USD $567,624 in prize money for the victory, plus his first WSOP gold bracelet.

The 25-year-old has steadily emerged as one of as one of the WSOP’s rising stars in recent years. He first cashed in 2009 and has steadily improved his performance in each year since.

Following his first in-the-money finish three years ago, Charette posted three more cashes the following year. Then, in 2011 made the money five times, including a second-place finish.

Based on his steady progression, the natural next step was a gold bracelet victory, which Charette managed to accomplish amidst an absolutely stacked field of 924 of the world’s top short-handed Hold’em players.

The final table was comprised of the top six finishers. Among them were two previous gold bracelet champions – Bertrand Grospellier and Foster Hays.
Grospellier won his bracelet last year in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.

Hays’ WSOP championship performance came last year when he parlayed his $1500 buy-in into a $735,400 payday in a No Limit Hold’em event. They finished fifth and sixth respectively in this event

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla,

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