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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…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #22 Dean Hamrick

December 10th, 2010 No comments
Dean Hamrick

Once known as the first bubble of the November 9, Dean Hamrick wins a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010

In 2008, the World Series of Poker introduced a concept that was new to the poker community called “The November 9.”  The WSOP Main Event was stopped when play reached the final table in July, and would resume play in November, offering the WSOP the chance to market the 9 players who made it through to the final table, provide for better TV ratings, and let the players secure deals and sponsorships for the big event.  It was common practice by the time that they did it this year, but in 2008 the process was brand new, and nobody really knew if it was going to be a good idea or a bad idea, and what it would really mean for the players.  So when the play wore down to just 10 remaining players at one table at the 2008 Main Event, the goal wasn’t “just make the November 9.”  The goal was “put myself in a position to win the event.”

With that in mind, Dean Hamrick opened a pot by moving all in for his last 3.2 million chips, and Craig Marquis moved in over the top of him.  When the cards were turned up, it was As-Jc for Hamrick, and Qh-Qc for Marquis. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #30 Joe Cada

December 2nd, 2010 No comments
Joe Cada

Joe Cada's 2010 will be remembered as a year that he'd like to forget.

6,494 Players began the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, and all of them ended up with fewer chips than Joe Cada.  The 21 year-old from Shelby Township, Michigan played solid poker for 8 days, and then used some luck to wiggle his way from 2% of the chips, all the way to the chip leader when heads up play began against Darvin Moon.  The heads up specialist found a way to emerge victorious and booked a cool $8.5 million and the title of Poker Ambassador for winning pokers most coveted prize.

From that point on, Cada did Letterman, CNN, ESPN, and a whole host of other television media running the gambit as poker’s next coming wonder-kid Read more…