Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get too excited now about any of the remaining 2017 WSOP Events until the Main Event begins today, July 8th. Actually, I had been extremely pumped when I learned that the World Series would be live-streamed on Pokergo.com, but I lost a bit of my enthusiasm for it when I realized several things:
First, so many of the Events were Live during the daytime hours but by the time my husband and I wanted to watch at night, it was no longer Live and we had to go to the On Demand category if we wanted to see that particular event. Second, PokerGo neglected to put the Event numbers on their recorded events which made it a bit more challenging to find the one you’re looking for.
Third, PokerGo didn’t record all the events, so they didn’t always have the one I wanted to see. If they did, of course, I already knew who had won. My husband and I still enjoy watching hands being played mostly for the poker strategies which are far more complicated than the average recreational player realizes. However, some of the color commentary on PokerGo was SO complex, SO filled with specialized poker jargon that it became annoying; it almost sounded to me like they were showing off their poker knowledge. I’d be interested to know how the poker community felt.
Still, kudos to PokerGo for a fantastic first effort, as well as providing plenty of good poker content on their site.
The last Event I really cared about was Event #62: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship because it was the one my favorite pro, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, wanted to win so desperately. I know that because I’d been watching his Vlog (video blog) where he not only takes you behind the scenes and into his world, but also honestly reveals his intentions, his thought processes, his moods (ups and downs) and his moments of exhilaration and frustration.
I was really rooting hard for him to win this Event because it meant so much to him; he’s had a lot of cashes but no 7th bracelet yet; he loves the mixed game format and it was also important for WSOP POY (player of the year) points. PokerGo didn’t cover this event so I had to keep hitting UPDATE on the WSOP site, especially as it got down to the last day. I got extremely excited as his chip count grew to more than 5.9 million, and then very disappointed as his chip count went steadily down. I could almost feel his pain when he came in fifth.
So, Event #62: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship was ultimately won by Elior Sion, who took home a whopping $1,395,767 and the gold bracelet. Sion was quoted as saying that he’d considered Negreanu his biggest threat, adding; “To see him not getting any cards at the final table… he really didn’t have a chance to win.”
Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em had 1,750 entries and was won by Rulah Divine, who took home $262,501 and his first bracelet.
In Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix, Sebastian Langrock won his first bracelet and took down $268,555 in a mere 156 hands.
Event #65: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 Minute Levels) was won convincingly by Shai Zurr, in record time. He was the second Israeli bracelet winner of the summer (Ben Maya, won Event #47 earlier this summer). Zurr won $223,241 and his first gold bracelet, and said of his win: “I’m so happy to join the bracelet winner’s family, also the Israeli bracelet winner’s family.”
Events #66 — #72 are all in progress as of this writing.
And then, it will be interesting to see how ESPN handles coverage of the Main Event. We know they will be going with Lon McEachern (pronounced McCarron) and Norman Chad for play- by-play and color, and adding some great pros for additional color.