Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
In just two days the 47th Annual World Series of Poker will shuffle up and deal to the first flight of the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event #68. Are you ready for it?
We know that we are more than ready to see who will be this year’s Main Event’s November Nine by July 18th. Then heading to the Final Table at the Rio Hotel and Casino by the end of October. The excitement is already building and if you’re at the Rio now, you can feel it. It’s palpable, and the buzz is loud and clear with everyone anticipating and hoping that their favorite players will be part of the November Nine.
Till then here is what has happened since our last report.
Event #51: $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship picked up by Brandon Shack-Harris and takes home his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, not to mention a very sweet $894,300 big dollars.
Andrew Lichtenberger finally wraps his hands around his first WSOP gold bracelet by winning Event #52: $3000 No-Limit Hold’em and pocketing $569,158 to help him keep his new gold bracelet nice and shiny.
Event #53: $1500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8/8; and Big O was taken down by Allan Le after pushing through a field of 668 players. Le takes home his very first gold bracelet along with a bucket full of money adding up to $189,223 and giving him a total of 30 cashes at the WSOP.
A 53-year-old amateur from Dayton Ohio, Hung Le, outlasted a field of 6,761 players to win Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. Le collected $888,888 and stated “I have five kids. We are a lower middle class family. We work hard. This is life changing money for us.” Obviously this was Le’s first gold bracelet; it was also his first time playing at the WSOP where dreams do come true.
Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) championed by Brian Rast, a 34-year-old professional poker player living in Vegas. This marks the second time Rast has won this event and collected a whopping $1,296,097 with this win, and his third gold bracelet to go along with all that money. He now has over five and a half million dollars in WSOP earnings from a total of 29 WSOP cashes.
Event #56: $1500 No-Limit Hold’em taken by David Peters from a field of 1,860 players. Peters picked up $412,557 and his first gold bracelet. After 38 cashes at the WSOP this win was a much anticipated and well deserved victory.
David Nowakowski took Event #57: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better after a long three days and nights of battling through a field of 732 entrants. Nowakowski walked away with his first gold bracelet and $203,113 walk around money.
Event #58: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) belonged to Corey Thompson who was the last man standing from a field of 1,397. After picking up his first gold bracelet and $221,163, Thompson stated “My dad taught me so much, he is my hero.”
So that is your latest WSOP Events list of winners as of July 5th with nine more Events to go before our waiting is over and the 47th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event begins. See you all then.