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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…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 15 – Playing to the November 9

October 17th, 2010 No comments
Matt Affleck

Matt Affleck would become one of the main stories of the day

When Michiel Sijpkens was eliminated in 19th place by John Racener, there was about an hour and a half of play left on the clock till the dinner break.  But tournament officials paused the clock as the last 18 players were redrawn to 2 tables.  We were now just 9 players away from crowning 9 poker superstars, and the November 9 looked as if it would be right around the corner.  Every hand from here on out would be heavily scrutinized and reviewed on ESPN for the world to see.  And we’d make these 18 players household names for years to come.  Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 14 – From 27 players to 18

October 9th, 2010 1 comment
Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong entered the day as the chip leader

In the 2009 Main Event, the play down from 27 players to the final table of the November 9 lasted just about 12 hours.  The November 9 bagged their chips up and did interviews for the media at a little after midnight.  This year would last longer.

Knowing that there were only going to be 3 tables full of players, 18 players were going to have really bad days, and 9 players would emerge poker superstars.  The biggest part of the tournament was this day, Day 8.  Our November 9 was within reach, and if you had chips, you had a shot.   Even Hasan Habib, who entered the day as the shortest stack had an opportunity.  But the players that had the best opportunities were Soi Nguyen and Joseph Cheong, each holding roughly 10% of the total chips in play with over $20 million each. Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 13 – The Roller Coaster Ride of Day 7

September 20th, 2010 1 comment
9 tables

Just 9 tables remained in the Amazon Room

Day 7 of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker was just different from the rest.  Housed in what once used to be a behemoth of a room that held 121 poker tables with countless hopefuls of amateur poker players, has now been morphed into a tight little 9 table area comprising “The Outer Section” (just 7 tables spread out in what used to be a huge red section) and the Main and Secondary ESPN Featured Tables.  78 players unbagged their chips to begin the day with the knowledge that play would stop when we hit 27 players.  51 more dreams of becoming the 2010 World Poker Champion would be dashed today, and it wouldn’t take long until we began to close in on that mark. Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 12 – A man named Grinder surges to the top

September 10th, 2010 No comments
Mike Mizrachi

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi surges to end the day 2nd in chips

At the beginning of the 6th day of play of the Main Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker, it was clear that this tournament was coming to a close soon.  23 tables remained in the Amazon Room, and the Pavilion Room was now torn completely down, waiting for an MMA fight that was about to take place.  The Rio staff broke tables down immediately after they weren’t in use, and then proceeded to remove them completely from the room, leaving behind the remains of only memories of players that were felted in the days before, and the hopefuls of the November 9. Read more…

2010 WSOP Reflection Part 11 – The tournament takes shape in Day 5

August 31st, 2010 No comments
Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond survived the lights and the camera's at ESPN's Featured Table to advance to day 6

8 days into the Main Event, you began to see the tournament really take shape.  On day 5, players had logged 33 hours of play into this event, and were guaranteed a payday of at least $24,079.  But the attraction now of the 574 remaining players was clear: How do I now make the November 9? 

The man that stood the best chance was the one with the most chips, and that honor belonged to the smoothly dressed Tony Dunst.  Nicknamed “Bond” because he’d wear a suit and tie to the office (aka the Amazon Room) and put his skills to work at the table, properly stacking chips en route to a $1.5 million chip count. Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 10 – The Money Bubble

August 8th, 2010 1 comment
Annie Duke

Annie Duke battled well, but finished the day just short of the money, running 7-7 into J-J

I didn’t expect my reflection to take 10 posts to get to the money bubble.  I didn’t expect to make a total of 10 posts on this series either.  But as I began writing, the posts grew longer and I knew that it was something that needed to be handled this way to best recapture the experience.  I’d also hoped to recapture the entire WSOP prior to ESPN’s airing of the Main Event, but that just didn’t happen.  Life has a way of just getting in the way of blogging sometimes.  But in this post, I want to talk about the day with the greatest number of smiles.  The day where the players made the money.

Day 4 began with just 1,203 players, and 747 of them would end the day on a high note. World Series of Poker Circuit Champion Dywte Pilgrim got things going by talking about the recent changes to the Circuit events, and then by announcing the words “shuffle up and deal.”  Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflect Part 9 – The real day of survival

August 6th, 2010 No comments
Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier survived the carnage of day 3 at the ESPN Secondary Featured table

After a one day layoff, the Main Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker was back in action with a different feel.  On day 3, the remaining 2,557 who still had chips all resumed play on day 3, marking the first time in the event that all the players were in action on the same day.  What this meant for the Pavillion room was that just about every table was in action.  That wouldn’t last very long.

By the math, 1,203 players would survive the day, marking yet another day in which the gigantic field was trimmed down by about half.  At this rate, the words “SEAT OPEN ON TABLE ____” were heard an average of every 21 seconds. Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 8 – The biggest mistake of the tournament

August 5th, 2010 1 comment
Prahlad Friedman

Prahlad Friedman is involved in controversy at the WSOP....again.

In what will likely go down as the most talked about hand of the early stages of the event, controversy surrounds it.  It almost never fails that controversy surrounds the World Series of Poker in one way or another.  The year that Jamie Gold won the event, there was the “how did he get more chips than he bagged” controversy, that really went without explanation.  For those that remember it, $2.41 million chips mysteriously appeared prior to the final table.  Erik Friberg and Richard Lee saw their stacks increase in size despite playing a hand at the table.  It was one of those things that nobody every really chatted about or discussed very long, because everyone was focused on the bracelet, and the fact that Allen Cunningham had a shot at winning the event.    

What I find really bizarre about this incident it that it got much less publicity than did “Ante-Gate” which involved 2003 Bracelet Winner, Prahlad Friedman.  Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event – Reflection Part 7 (The Lee Childs Venetian Deepstacks story)

August 1st, 2010 No comments

After the WSOP Media event on the only down day of the WSOP, I headed back to the house I was staying at with Bob and Nicole and had some dinner.  They’d just returned from their 5 day trip to San Francisco, and it was the first time that I’d seen them despite having stayed at their house for the duration of my stay.

The WSOP makes you take very bizarre and long hours.  I was generally in the media center at the Rio by 10am, which meant waking at around 9am to shower, shave, and get ready.  Then I drove 20 minutes to the strip each day.  Play would begin at noon, and not end until near midnight.  From then, it was writing an article for anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour, and then home again.  Lather, rinse, and repeat. But on the down day, I was able to get in by 5pm, and finally spend some time with my friends and their new 10 month old.  It was good to see my buddies and I’m glad that I had the opportunity. Read more…