I find myself pulled in all different directions: updating the Texas Poker Store inventory and making sure our new luxury poker tables are ready to be shipped, putting the finishing touches in the new poker song I wrote with Randy Pavlock and my best friend and wife Lynn Paris and arranging for the production of our poker music video, which is to be released with our poker song before the 2012 WSOP’s final table in October. And, as if that wasn’t enough, you know I have to keep up with the latest from this year’s already explosive WSOP. So, in that regard, here is what happened since our last report.
Jan-Peter Jachtmann from Germany crushed a field of 293 to capture Event #39: $10,000 Pot Limit-Omaha. One of his dreams was to play with his hero Sammy Farha, and not only did that dream come true for him but he beat Farha to take the Title, $661,000 and his first gold bracelet . Now, as the Publisher of the largest German-language poker magazine, Poker Blatt, he will have something to brag about.
Ronnie Bardah, the true grinder from Stoneham, Massachusetts finally reaches the top of the coveted mountain and wins Event #40: $2,500 Limit Hold’em – Six-Handed. He started the day dead last and clawed and scratched his way to the Title, a hefty prize purse of $182,088 and his first career bracelet. Despite the health problems he’s had, he maintained a strong attitude and it paid off for him in the form aces full over fours. Congratulations Ronnie.
Greg Ostrander, a 40-year-old former police officer from Webster, New York defeated a field 1,394 players to win Event #41 – $3,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em. Ostrander takes home his first gold bracelet to show off at his old precinct, and he’ll have enough money to buy the entire station a few rounds to celebrate his victory. He collects a purse valued at $742,072.
Oleksii Kovalchuk, the young 22-year-old from Kiev, Ukraine is the winner of Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better. He managed to triumph over a field of 393 to get his second career WSOP gold bracelet and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow worth $228,014.