Sunday, July 18, 2010

WSOP 2010 Main Event, we have a November Nine!!!

Yes, I'm a horrid, lazy, pre-occupied blogger!  But it was my vacation and the beach and many beers took up ALL my time.  Somewhere along the line with the aid of the sun I think I really have crossed a race boundary or two.  The whole family, along with the Jacksons, Morrisons and Wolfes had a fantastic time!  One day of rain threatened to keep us from the beach, but it cleared up and we still managed a few hours baking on the sands.  Beyond that it was just beautiful!  I got in several runs on the beach and just soaked in every once of sand and surf that I could.  Clearly, I'm an ocean kinda guy... maybe there is something to this Aquarius thing after all.  But enough about my beach-time.

When last I left off the WSOP was still weeding down the Tournament of Champion entrants in search of a winner...  I'm ecstatic to report that Huck Seed emerged as the winner of the $500,000 top prize!  An amazing victory in a stellar field of poker's best players.  Congratulations Huck!!!

Event #49 the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em finally played down to a winner and crowned Michael Linn as its champion and coughed up the $609,493 top prize and bling!  Congratulations!

Event #50 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha found a winner in Chance Kornuth as he took down the $508,090 top prize money.  A quick scan of the winners also reveals that Robert Mizrachi scored a cash and even Annette Obrestad managed to eke out a cash in the event.  But congratulations to "Chance."

Event #51 $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em awarded the top prize to Ryan Welch $559,371.  He managed to best the 965 player field to bring it home.  Congratulations on this first bracelet.

Event #52 $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed was not for the meek at that pricetag, but 191 ponied up the entry.  In the end 21 year old Dan Kelly took home the $1,315,518 top prize and the bracelet!  Another quick scan of winners and I see Daniel Negreanu managed to triple his cash in the event, finishing in 11th place.  But congratulations to Dan Kelly on this victory.

Event #53 the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout found 548 players competing for the top spot, but in the end Brendan Taylor emerged victorious and $184,950 to the good, to go along with his new bracelet.

Event #54 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em crowned its weary champion Marcel Vonk who managed to best the 3,844 player field and take down the $570,960 prize and the WSOP bracelet.  Big Congratulations!

Event #55 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship found a familiar face to crown champion in Daniel Alaei.  He takes home $780,599 for the victory and his third WSOP bracelet.  Congratulations!

Event #56 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em finally wound its way to a close and Tomer Berda took home the $825,976 top prize.  Congratulations on the victory!

The $5,000 Ante Up for Africa Tournament was won by familiar face Phil Gordon who graciously donated his $130,641 win to the worthwhile charity! Out in the 2nd spot was Shannon Elizabeth...  Congratulations to all who cashed and even more so to all those who gave it all back!

And then came the grand-daddy event!  Event #57 the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship!!!  It's still playing its way down to the final 9 as I write this... 7,319 players began the journey, only 747 of them would take any cash home for their trouble.  They would play for days on end in hopes of becoming one of the final 9 and then disbanding only to return in November to play it down for all the world to see and provide the ESPN climactic spectacle on the air!  And as I am here writing this I was reading that there were 10 players left but just now Brandon Steven has been eliminated in the 10 spot with only a $635,011 pillow to soften the blow of missing the final November Nine!  Still remaining in the hunt which will resume are:

Jonathan Duhamel, John Dolan, Joseph Cheong, John Racener, Filippo Candio, Michael Mizrachi, Soi Nguyen, Matthew Jarvis, and Jason Senti. The top spot of $8,944,138 looms far out on the horizon for one of them.  The 9th spot will offer roughly a $811,823 payday.  Yeah, I think I'd very much like to HANG ON!!!  Congratulations on coming this far in it guys.  We will see you ALL in November!!!



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