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Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #16 The Brunson 10 and the WSOP

December 20th, 2010 1 comment
Brunson 10

The WSOP Race for the next member of "The Brunson 10" had David Sands (left), Faraz Jaka (center), and Dan Kelly (right) competing in one of the most interesting races of the year.

On the outset of the 2010 World Series of Poker, a contest was set up with a group of hand picked poker players to earn a spot among an up and coming elite group. Doyle Brunson played the role of grandmaster for choosing a few young online poker pro’s to represent the site known as “The Brunson 10”.  Already with 6 players inked as representatives of the site and wearing the Brunson 10 logo, the group was looking to get closer to completing their group and add another name to the impressive list of poker pro’s.  The seventh spot was going to be given to a player who finished the World Series of Poker with the most Player of the Year points.  The front runners for the 7th spot were David “Doc Sands” Sands, Faraz “The-Toilet” Jaka, and the soft spoken Dan “djk123” Kelly, and they would put on a contest for the ages. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #17 David Williams

December 20th, 2010 No comments
David Williams

David Williams had another stellar year, highlighted by winning the $25k WPT Championship

In 2004 the WSOP Main Event had swelled to 2,576 players, up from the 839 the year before when an accountant named Moneymaker won the main event.  When the heads up play began, it was Greg Raymer who was the biggest stack versus David Williams, who was fighting an uphill battle.  Raymer’s aggressive nature secured the victory, as David Williams took the second largest payday in poker history at the time with $3.5 million ($1.1 million more than Moneymaker had won the year before).  The poker boom was on, and Williams was now everywhere as the man that finished runner up on TV had become a poker superstar.  His next cash was another $573,800 for a runner up finish at the WPT Borgata Poker Open, and then finally a win for $121,057 at the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic.  But after a dream year in 2004, he just kind of fell away from the spotlight for a little.  I’m not exactly certain why, but a lot of people wondered if David Williams had fallen off the map completely after that score, or that he was a “one-hit-wonder” because of the lack of giant scores that he’d receive.

But Williams was still crushing the poker scene, actually booking 6-figure earnings in every year since his brides maid finish at the main event, including a $1 million year in 2006 capped off with 2 more WPT final tables, and a bracelet win at the WSOP.  Read more…