What to watch today at the WSOP – Sam Stein may be the best story, which should tell you something
What a year it’s been for Andy Frankenberger. In June last year, Frankenberger saw a win in the $2k Venetian Deepstacks event (for $162,110) that catapulted him to a year that many players could only dream of. He parlayed that win to the $5k NLHE championship at the WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles, for a cool $750,000 pay day. Frankenberger followed that one up by final tabling the WPT Festa Al Lago, finishing in 5th for another $161,200, and a 16th place finish at the $10k World Poker Tour Doyle Brunsons Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Las Vegas (AKA – The longest tournament name ever) for another modest $33,785 pay day. After the WPT closed out it’s season, Frankenberger was named player of the year thanks to his 3 cashes and 1 title. Now, he’s added a WSOP Bracelet courtesy of besting the 2,500 Player field in Event #28, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Even more impressive is that Frankenberger has only been on the live circuit since 2010. So yeah…what a year it’s been for Andy Frankenberger, and congratulations on adding more bling to your trophy case, as well as another $599,153 to your booming bankroll.
For the remaining events in play, here’s what to watch at the Rio if you’re at the World Series of Poker Today:
Event #29 – $2,500 10-Game Mix (Six Max)
Play ended with the hard stop and just 3 players remaining. Shuan Deeb was felted and exited in 4th place leaving Chris Lee (1.4million chips), Brian Haveson (997k), and Travis Pearson (813k) 3-handed for a bracelet. They’ll play to a winner today starting at 4pm, but I’m not really interested in this event anymore.
Event #30 – $1,000 Seniors event
Reading Paul McGuire’s (aka, Dr. Pauly who authored a book I loved last year “Lost Vegas“) blog yesterday made me regret the snide remarks about the old-timers event yesterday. If you haven’t seen it, it’s awesome and you should check it out (titled “No Country for Old Men”). For the record, Traci and I watched that movie last night as it had just arrived via Netflix, and I thought it was a terrible and disturbing movie. Not sure how it beat out Inception for anything, but that’s another blog by itself. Anyhow, the field trimmed all the way down to 37 players before the hard stop, and it’s scheduled to end today. I’d be really surprised if this event finished today however, and there really aren’t any real names to get excited about, so I’d skip this event too.
Event #31 – $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Sam Stein leads the 26 remaining players in the event, and probably headlines the day (which should tell you how interesting it should be). Stein has about $2.5 million in live earnings, and is just shy of another $1 million online, but his biggest score came from this years PokerStars Carribean adventure, where Stein booked a $1 million score for finishing 4th in the main event. The event also has a couple of industry-familiar names remaining like Christian Harder, Adam Junglen (who’s looking for his second WSOP Final Table this year), and Brock Parker (who won 2 bracelets in 2009). But really, there aren’t a whole lot of polarizing figures or big stories in this event either. Tex Barch also has some chips, but he’ll have to catch some cards as he’s in the bottom half of the remaining stacks. I’d probably skip this event, even though they’ll likely play past the final table of 8, and maybe down to a champion. The latter seems like a long-shot though.
Two events completed their Day 1’s yesterday and are back in action today. In Event #32 ($1,500 NLHE) we saw the field trimmed from 2,828 players to 362, and Event #33 ($10k Stud-8 Championship) which saw the 168 player field lose a total of 41 players through 10 levels of play. There are still some great names in both of those events, and even though they are in the midst of “trimming the field” days, they might be the most watchable of the events.
Just one other event gets underway today, and it should be a doozy as it’s another $1k NLHE event. With all the busted Seniors from Friday and Saturday, and all the players that busted the $1,500 NLHE yesterday still lingering in Vegas and looking for glory, I would expect the Weekend Warriors to turn out in force for this one. Expect a field size in excess of 3k players, but definitely pushing the 4k mark.