Our blogger Vinny, who posts under the guise of the “Grinder” in “Confessions of A Grinder” is currently at the WSOP and we expect to see some pics that we will share with y’all in the next few days. In the meantime, here is what’s happened since we last reported;
On Tuesday Benny Chen, 32 years old, from Prince Edward Island, Canada, may no longer be considered just an amateur poker player who manages a restaurant as his real job, because he is now a millionaire after winning the first-ever “Millionaire Maker” No Limit Hold’em Event at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker. Chen fought valiantly through a very lengthy final table and defeated Michael Bennington heads-up earning him a nice little pay day of $1,199,104 plus, of course, the sought-after WSOP gold bracelet. Chen became the second Canadian bracelet winner of this series.
Matthew Waxman took control over a field of 1,837 players and eventually battled hard in the biggest heads-up fight of his young career against former bracelet winner Eric Baldwin, taking Baldwin down after six hours and more than 200 hands to grab a payday of $305,952, plus his first very own shiny new WSOP bracelet.
29-year-old Michael Malm from Coquilam, British Columbia, reigned over Event 8 to become the third Canadian-born champion of the WSOP 2013. It wasn’t easy but he pushed through and took his first bracelet and $225,104 in the $2,500 Eight Game Mix event.
Cliff Josephy, considered by many to be a legend of the online poker world, has claimed his second gold bracelet by showing a bunch of younger poker pros that you don’t have to be young to win. New Yorker Josephy championed the final table of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout and took home not only bracelet number two but a little check for $299,486.
Brent Wheeler never gave up and finally, after the third time of reaching the final table, he broke through a field of 645 in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Event 10. Coming from St. Charles, IL. Wheeler had cashed at a couple of final tables before, but finally on Thursday morning he crushed the hopes of Mark Mierkalns and stopped him from becoming the fourth Canadian to take a bracelet home. Wheeler takes home not only the bracelet he snatched away from Mierkalns but he adds a cool $191,605 to his bank account.
Levi Berger came out victorious in the $2,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em Event, winning his first bracelet and earning him the sweet sum of $473,019 after defeating two-time gold bracelet winner Scott Clements. Berger, a 22-year old from Los Angeles, California, originally hails from Ottowa, Canada, adding to the hot run the Canadian players are having this year.
We are very excited about this year’s WSOP Events thus far and we have our eyes and ears on the floor at the Rio watching as many poker tables as we can, so stay tuned we’ll be bringing you lots more action.
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