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Is Phil Hellmuth the greatest player ever?

July 11th, 2011 4 comments

Phil Hellmuth may be the most decorated WSOP Player in history, but is he the best player ever?

It’s an argument that has some teeth to it, and you can make a case.  This year’s World Series of Poker saw The Poker Brat make 3 final tables, and pit himself heads-up for career WSOP Bracelet Number 12 all three times.  However, in every case he fell just one spot short and failed to extend his record of the most bracelets in WSOP history.  Despite the lack of titles this year, Phil Hellmuth saw the most profitable World Series of Poker of his career in 2011 with the Main Event still pending, a truly remarkable feat considering all of his prior accolades. His incredible play at this World Series has made him the front runner for Player of the Year honors.  But do the achievements of 2011 combined with the list of unprecedented accomplishments from years past make perhaps the most recognizable player in the game of poker, the greatest player ever?  Now that is a question worth talking about. Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Sam Stein may be the best story, which should tell you something

June 19th, 2011 No comments

The fact that Sam Stein might be the best story entering today, doesn't bode well for those interested in the events of the WSOP.

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: Read more…

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 DoylesRoom.com 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…