Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
To catch you up with what’s happening at the poker tables of this year’s annual World Series of Poker, and by you we mean those of you who have just not had the time to follow this, the 47th annual WSOP.
We’ll start with those events that had not completed as of our last post a few days ago and as reported to us by our friends from the Pavilion Room at the Rio Hotel and Casino
Event #2: $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold’em
After six grueling days of action, Event #2 was finally conquered by Ben Keeline after defeating an intimidating field of 21,613 . Keeline collected $1,000,000 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career.
Event #5: $1500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
This event was championed by the former casino dealer Lawrence Berg. Berg walked away with a well earned $125,466 as well as his first WSOP gold bracelet. Berg beat a significantly smaller field than the Colossus with only 389 players reaching for the gold; nevertheless it was a sweet victory.
Event #6 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
A 50-year-old poker pro and part-time fiction writer from Stockholm, Sweden, Peter Eichhardt, defeated a field of 2,016 to win the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament. This was Eichhardt’s first time to make it to a WSOP final table. He collected the sweet sum of $438,417 and his first gold bracelet to take back to Stockholm and celebrate his good fortune.
Event #7: $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
Ryan D’Angelo, 30-year-old from Binghamton, NY, took all the glory home after calling an All-In from John Monnette. D’Angelo collected a hefty pay-out of $92,338. This was the New Yorker’s first gold bracelet. Although he has been playing for about ten years and has cashed 19 times before this, this was his sweetest victory.
Event #8: $1500 H. O. R. S. E.
Ian Johns, a 31-year-old from Seattle, WA, had to outlast a field of 778 tough players; he did just that and walked away with it all. Johns collected $212,604 in prize money and his second career gold bracelet to match the one he won a decade earlier.
Event #9: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em
Alan Percal, a young 23-year-old from Westin, FL, won his first WSOP title, the $10,000 buy-in Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and collected $320,574 bucks for his troubles, along with his very first shiny gold bracelet.
Event #10: $1500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Mike Cordell, a 46-year-old poker player who has cashed 5 times at WSOP tourneys over the course of the last decade, sat down at the poker table to distract himself from the loss of his mother just a week earlier. He was determined to play the best poker of his life, knowing that his mother would be proud of him. He definitely reached his goal and took home $346,08 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
Jean “Prince” Gaspard, a professional basketball player who turned poker pro from Haiti and currently lives in Chicago, defeated a field of just 118, collecting $306,621 first prize bucks to celebrate his first gold bracelet. Gaspard has been in the poker scene for about 13 years and has pocketed slightly more than 2 million.
So after 11 events yielding almost 3 million dollars in first prize money, we still have 57 tournament events to be played out. As for us, we hope to make it there in time to witness who makes the Final Nine of the 47th annual World Series of Poker.