Archive for June 2012

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, a living legend by any ones count, does it again. He wins Event #45:$50,000 Poker Players Championship again, last year Mizrachi won the same exact event for his second gold bracelet. This year he takes a paycheck of $1,451,527 and his third gold bracelet to add to his collection. Mizrachi well deserves the nickname “The Grinder”, and his grinding style has paid off more than 15 million in his poker grinding career. Congratulations Mr. Mizrachi.

Joey Weissman was declared the winner of Event #46: No-Limit Hold’em after taking down a field of 1,607. Weissman knocked out Jeremy Quehen with an Ace high flush in the final heads up for all the marbles which added up to $694,609 plus his first shiny, beautiful WSOP gold bracelet.

Steven Loube was officially crowned the winner of Event #47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Loube grabbed the 47th gold bracelet of the 2012 WSOP and his very first bracelet in his first-ever WSOP event, along with $267,345 of mad money. Not too shabby for this 34 year old attorney from Atlanta, Georgia who’s biggest win before was a $50 gift certificate.

Kenny Hsiung is the winner of Event #48: $3,000 Limit Hold’em. He battled for over two hour heads-up with Robert Hwang but ultimately took down Hwang with a very, very lucky King high and nothing more when Hwang missed his open-ended straight draw. Hsiung walks away with $165,205 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Have any of you started thinking about THE FINAL TABLE of the 2012 WSOP?  We know that the final poker table this year will take place in October instead of November because of the presidential election in November; so we’re already starting to predict who will make that table and we will be counting  Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as a definite contender. Who is your favorite?

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22 year old Henry Lu from Brooklyn, NY.,  playing in his second World Series, came back from a ridiculous low of only one blind left  to totally rebuild and eventually win Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. He takes home his biggest paycheck ever for a total of $654,380, a WSOP Title and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Rocco Palumbo was competing against a host of big name pros that could have easily intimidated him. Instead Palumbo held strong and knocked them all out, including Barry Shulman, Liv Boeree, and Joe Cada. He was crowned the winner of Event #44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, outlasting a field 2,949 entries to take home $464,464 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Forty-Four Events are done Forty-Four bracelets have been awarded, there are still seventeen shiny gold bracelets remaining. None of our friends have made it to any final tables yet, few have been lucky enough to cash at some of the poker tables. How about you?

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I find myself pulled in all different directions: updating the Texas Poker Store inventory and making sure our new luxury poker tables are ready to be shipped, putting the finishing touches in the new poker song I wrote with Randy Pavlock and my best friend and wife Lynn Paris and arranging for the production of our poker music video, which is to be released with our poker song before the 2012 WSOP’s final table in October. And, as if that wasn’t enough, you know I have to keep up with the latest from this year’s already explosive WSOP. So, in that regard, here is what happened since our last report.

Jan-Peter Jachtmann from Germany crushed a field of 293 to capture Event #39: $10,000 Pot Limit-Omaha. One of his dreams was to play with his hero Sammy Farha,  and not only did that dream come true for him but he beat Farha to take the Title, $661,000 and his first gold bracelet . Now, as the Publisher of the largest German-language poker magazine, Poker Blatt, he will have something to brag about.

Ronnie Bardah, the true grinder from Stoneham, Massachusetts finally reaches the top of the coveted mountain and wins Event #40: $2,500 Limit Hold’em – Six-Handed.  He started the day dead last and clawed and scratched his way to the Title, a hefty prize purse of $182,088 and his first career bracelet. Despite the health problems he’s had, he maintained a strong attitude and it paid off for him in the form aces full over fours. Congratulations Ronnie.

Greg Ostrander, a  40-year-old former police officer from Webster, New York defeated a field 1,394 players to win Event #41 – $3,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em. Ostrander takes home his first gold bracelet to show off at his old precinct, and he’ll have enough money to buy the entire station a few rounds to celebrate his victory. He collects a purse valued at  $742,072.

Oleksii Kovalchuk wins 2nd WSOP Bracelet

Oleksii Kovalchuk, the young 22-year-old from Kiev, Ukraine is the winner of Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better. He managed to triumph over a field of 393 to get his second career WSOP gold bracelet and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow worth $228,014.


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I was expecting to see the all the legends of poker for the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker. And sure, they’ve been there . . . Phil Ivey has made five final tables but fell short every time; Antonio Esfandari made it to 3rd in event 36, and of course, we all saw the Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth, finally get his 12th WSOP bracelet. But where have all the pros disappeared to? First-time winners are still the overwhelming majority.

Craig McCorkell overpowered a field of 587  to win Event #36, $3,000 NLH Shootout.  McCorkell won  $368,593, and his first bracelet after battling  Jeremiah Fitzpatrick heads up to snatch it. Antonio Esfandiari was eliminated in third place.

David Baker, triumphed over 476 players who couldn’t handle  Event #37 – the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix variety of Triple-Draw 2-7, Limit Hold’em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Omaha.  Baker won $271,312 and his far too long-overdue first gold bracelet.

Dung Nguyen was the final table winner of  Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Nguyen overcame a field of more than 2,500 players to take home all the marbles, the $607,200 first-place prize and his first career WSOP gold bracelet.

These winners mark three more first-time bracelet winners. Even though some of them have been around a long time, none had taken all the poker chips before at the WSOP. So, where are all the legendary pros we know?

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