By: Pocket Bullets Paris
Meanwhile, back at the Rio Hotel and Casino the excitement keeps building as more and more pro and amateur poker players keep stuffing their pockets with cash and wrapping gold bracelets around their wrists. Here is the latest to catch you up.
Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. was taken by Las Vegas Poker Pro Arash Ghaneian. He was cheered to victory by his wife, who is pregnant with twins. His payday of $239,750 for first place will go a long way to help with expenses of their expected twins, plus he now has his first WSOP gold bracelet .
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed belonged to Jeffrey Tomlinson. Tomlinson, a high school teacher and football coach from Jupiter, Florida, and part-time amateur poker player surprised everyone when he held his ground and emerged victorious to take home a sweet $567,724 pay check and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was captured by Aaron Wallace after he turned his Satellite Entry into a pocketful of dollars in the largest Non-Texas Hold’em Tournament in history. He walked away with $226,985, his first ever WSOP cash and his first gold bracelet after defeating a total of 1,293 players.
Brian Hastings, high-stakes cash game player from Hanover Township, PA, wrapped up Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and stuffed his pockets with $239,518 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #28: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is still being played as of this posting it is heads up between Eric Place and Perry Shiao, our money is on the chip leader Eric Place with more than twice as many chips.
Phil Galfond championed over Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and walked away with $224,383 and his second WSOP gold bracelet. Although it was a rather small field of only 77 players, it was filled with poker pros like Eli Elezra, Erik Seidel, and more, but Galfond held strong and walked away with all the marbles.
The first ever Argentinian, a 23 year-old poker pro picked up Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Franco Ivan Luca came to win and he did just that; he took Event #30 by the horns and never let go. Now he can go back home to Buenos Aires with his $353,391 in prize money and a shiny new gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker.
Jeff Madsen won his fourth career World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and took home a fat pay check of $301,314 bringing his total WSOP earnings to more than 2.5 million dollars. Not bad for a 30 year-old.
We’ll be back with more the next time we hear from our eyes and ears at the Rio.