Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
So here we are folks, approaching the end of the 47th Annual World Series of Poker summer events with, of course, the Main Event’s Final Table concluding, as always, in November, with this year’s champion to be determined then. Here’s what has happened since our last report:
Event #59: $5000 No-Limit Hold’em – A 48-year-old amateur from China, Yue Du, walked away with his first gold bracelet and a very nice check for $800,586. Du eliminated Natasha Barbour, who finished in third-place. Barbour collected a whopping $348, 374 dollars, and although she missed out on a gold bracelet, she did collect a ring when her boyfriend, Jason Mercier, proposed marriage in front of the rail.
Event #60: $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was championed by an amateur who just started playing seriously less than a year ago. David Prociak from Kissimmee, FL., pocketed $156,546 along with his first gold bracelet. Not bad after cashing for the third time in a WSOP Event this summer.
Event #61: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em The first-ever tag-team WSOP tournament belonged to Doug Polk, 27, from Las Vegas and Ryan Fee, 28, from Philadelphia. After defeating a field of 863, the teammates collected $153,358 to share and bracelets for both champions.
Jens Kyllonen, the PLO pro from Finland sat down at his first Final Table and won Event #62: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) and ran off with $1,127,035 and his very first gold bracelet.
Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em ended in the pockets of poker pro and well known commentator for the World Poker Tour TV series, Tony Dunst. Tony collected his first gold bracelet and walked away with a big fat check for $339,254.
Event #64: $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better Kyle Bowker, a 33-year-old poker pro from Walton, NY, defeated a field of 473 hungry players, including himself, and took home his first gold bracelet along with $294,960 for his 35th cash at the WSOP since 2006.
Courtney Kennedy, a 37-year-old poker dealer from Detroit, MI, won Event #65: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship along with her first WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet $149,108. Kennedy stated “It’s just a pleasure and an honor, I finally got a little piece of the pie now and I’m excited.”
Event #66: $1000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em after Day 1 is led by Clayton “Starduck” Maguire. The event has a total of 1,247 participating players and it is still being played with only six players remaining.
Event #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by one of our favorite Global Poker League players, 22-year-old Fedor Holz from Germany, and after collecting a huge $4,981,775 along with his first WSOP gold bracelet, he was heard saying “I just feel overwhelmed. I didn’t think it would be like this.”
Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em Championship with 1733 entries so far, has started and at the end of Day 1A, Gary Sewell led the way. Then on Day 1B, Andrey Zaichenko led with a 292, 700 stack of chips in front of him.
So far this year’s WSOP has not disappointed us. In fact, it has provided all of us poker enthusiasts with a few surprises, not the least of which was Jason Mercier dropping to one knee and proposing to Natasha Barbour for the entire world to see.