Can’t start this report without mentioning the historic Big One for One Drop. It is now the third day and the field is already down from the original 48 to six remaining players including the “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth and one of our favorites, Antonio Esfandiari.
Now for the rest of the news on other events, including who’s walking away as winners from the poker tables at this year’s WSOP:
Panayote “Peter” Vilandos was declared the winner of Event #50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em and was awarded the sum of $952,694 and his third WSOP bracelet, defeating a field of 1,001 players
Denver resident and former law student turned poker pro, Yen Dang, defeated a field of 936 ladies to win Event 51: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. She ended up turning her $1,000 entry into the sweet sum of $170,587 and her first WSOP bracelet, which I’m sure she’ll wear often.
Vanessa Selbst scores big; she wins Event #52, $2,500 Ten Game Mix Six-Handed. She’s no stranger to the winner’s circle. In fact, she has reached five final tables and and won a WSOP bracelet in 2008. Selbst took home $244,259 and her second WSOP bracelet.
Neil James “Jim” Willerson won Event #53: $1,500 Buy-In Limit Hold’em after besting a huge field of 3,166. Willerson is a 36-year-old attorney from Dallas, Texas who will be returning to Texas with a lot to brag about, including the fact that not only did he pocket $737,248, but he’s now sporting his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.