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What to watch today at the WSOP – Dwyte Pilgrim looks for a 2nd Career WSOP Final Table, and eyes a bracelet

June 23rd, 2011 No comments

Dwyte Pilgrim has 3 WSOP-Circuit Championship Rings and a WPT Title on his resume, but today he has his eyes firmly fixed on a bracelet.

In the game of poker, there are great runs, heaters, and just simply skillful players.  To me, Jason Mercier has eclipsed all of those titles.  People that sit at a poker table with Jason have to consider themselves both the most fortunate and least fortunate of the players in any tournament.  Most fortunate because the reality is, you’re going to get a performance by one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  That may be a bold statement, and perhaps premature, but I really don’t think that’s too much of a stretch.  Just ask anyone at the table who has counted themselves unfortunate for sitting at Merciers table, because in the end, he’s stacking all of their chips.

Jason will turn 25 this November and has already accomplished the unthinkable.  My article on Mercier’s first three years of hitting $1 million in his first three years of playing live poker (found here) needs an update.  I gave myself some room at the end of the article saying “But $1 million in earnings in your first 3 years of live poker play is a truly unique title that Mercier can lay claim to, and it begs the question, can he make it 4 in a row next year? And is there anyone who doubts that he can?”  And he has. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #4 Tom Marchese

January 13th, 2011 No comments
Tom Marchese

Tom Marchese had a magnificent year, and finished as CardPlayer Player of the Year in 2010

I recognize the fact that I’ve been lagging on getting these stories up.  It’s been two weeks since my last post on Pablosplace, and really there is no excuse why I couldn’t finish the December Countdown of the Top 2010 Poker Player Stories in the month of December other than laziness.  So here we are at the second week of January, and life is settling down enough to the point that I’m going to blog again.  But before I get to talk about the things going on in my life, I want to complete this series.  So I say “hang on” to all of you that want to hear about the Pablosplace White Elephant gift exchange night, The recent Team7Deuce journey to the Bicycle Casino, and my biggest poker tournament cash to date.  I’ll get to those.  But for now, I want to get back to wrapping up the last four stories of 2010, because they’re worth telling.

At the Borgata Winter Open in January, there probably wasn’t a soul at the tables that had heard of the name Tom Marchese.  But slowly he racked up a chip stack en route to finishing in 3rd place in the $3,300 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event, and would book a $190,027 score.  Full Tilt Poker pro Jeff Madsen would win the event outright for a $625k payday and get all of the accolades, and deservedly so.  But what nobody realized was that the 3rd place finisher in this event was going to outdistance every other player in the world with performances that continued to turn heads at every stop that Marchese made. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stores – #19 Liv Boeree wins EPT San Remo

December 18th, 2010 No comments
Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree's win at the EPT San Remo was one of the best stories of the year

If you were a close follower of the game of poker prior to 2010, you may have been familiar with the name Liv Boeree.  The beautiful brunette with a thick British accent had been selected as one of the five entrants into a reality show “Ultimatepoker.com Showdown” where she received some in depth poker training from the likes of Dave “Devilfish Ulliot, Phil Hellmuth, and Annie Duke.  The appearance landed her a gig as a Television Presenter for Gutshot TV, where she worked at the WSOP in Las Vegas in 2006.  After a few years in front of the camera, Boeree turned her attention to the poker felts as a player, where she began collecting several good scores at the casino’s including more than $170k in earnings in 2009.  By August that year, her play had garnered her interest from some of the poker sites as an up and coming female poker player.  That’s a demographic that online marketers covet, and Liv fit the bill to a “T”, inking a contract with UB.com.

Liv’s 2010 began with a bang, making the final table of the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event at the Southern Poker Championships in Biloxi, Mississippi.  She then finished 16th at the L.A. Poker Classic in Los Angeles, California.  But it was at the €5,000 Buy-in Main Event at the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour stop in San Remo, Italy that Liv made a huge splash for all the world to see. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #20 Eric Baldwin

December 17th, 2010 No comments
Eric Baldwin

Eric Baldwin followed up his 2009 Player of Year performance with another stellar year in 2010

2009 was a breakout year for Eric Baldwin.  After all, winning your first WSOP Bracelet and $1.5 million in live tournament earnings is nice, but adding the title of 2009 CardPlayer Player of the Year to your trophy case is something that can be remembered forever.  So how do you follow up a year in which you were player of the year?  Well leave it to “Basebaldy” to show you how.

2010 began well for Baldwin who’d finish runner up at the $2,000 buy in Pot Limit Hold em’/Omaha event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.  Then after a min-cash at the L.A. Poker Classic, Baldwin found another coming out party at the WPT series of events, beginning with a runner up finish in the $1k buy in at the Five Star World Classic at the Bellagio.  He’d follow the $1k runner up finish with another final table at the $5k event just a few days later, finishing in 6th place.  Not a bad start to the series. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #21 Jason Mercier Makes a Million, back to back to back

December 17th, 2010 2 comments

Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier hits the $1 million in earnings mark in each of his first 3 years on the tour.

First of all, my apologies for not updating Pablosplace on a regular basis.  Over the last few days, travel has stepped in the way of sending out the stories as regularly as I would have liked.  As a result, I’m going to send out 2 stories each day until I’m all caught up, beginning with this one about Jason Mercier.

At the 2008 European Poker Tour at San Remo, nobody had really heard of the name Jason Mercier.  When he finished the event with all of the chips, we didn’t realize exactly what kind of a star was born. The €869,000 (or $1.3 million USD) win was the first live score at a major tournament in his professional career, and really Mercier hasn’t slowed down much.  He finished 2008 with $2.7 million in earnings, and would return to the live circuit in 2009 with another $1.3 million in earnings. Back to back million dollar years aren’t something that just happen to everyone.  But three years in a row?  Is that even possible?  The question coming into 2010 was could Jason Mercier accomplish something that would place him in rarified air?  Could he make it 3 years in a row with $1 million in earnings at the live poker tables?  If you had to place a bet on anyone achieving the mark, Mercier had to be at the head of the class. Read more…

Patching – A good thing or a bad thing?

November 24th, 2010 4 comments
Joe Tehan

Joe Tehan earned $725,000 for winning the NAPT Los Angeles, but he lost money when PokerStars made him remove his Full Tilt Poker patch for the TV final table.

While I was at the NAPT – Los Angeles last week, I saw an interesting thing take place at the final table of a poker tournament.  A player was asked to remove a patch.  I’d never seen that before.  I got the reasoning behind it, but I’m not sure if its a valid reason or not.

Let me lay the ground work for the story.  It should be noted that the first 4 days of the NAPT Main Event were played at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.  ”The Bike” has had a long-standing relationship with the World Poker Tour, whereby the WPT has exclusive rights to film poker tournaments for television for their tournament series.  So when the NAPT decided that they would conduct their tournament at The Bike, the players were under the impression that the tournament would not be televised at all.  It’s no big secret that the tournament series is presented by PokerStars, and so it stands to reason that their host of pro’s were all on hand to participate in the event Read more…

Hanging out at the NAPT

November 12th, 2010 No comments

I decided to play the “media card” and roll on down to the Bicycle Casino to cover the North American Poker Tour for the TPT.  I was pretty jazzed when I saw the list of pro’s that were scheduled to attend, so I figured, why not take a shot at watching some of my favorite tournament pro’s in action.  Day 1a is today, and fielded 330 total players.  Day 1b begins tomorrow, and it will probably have at least as many players based on all the info that I’m getting from most of the players.

Being at the Bike for the NAPT is a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere considering the competitors that are here for a $5,000 buy in event.  So far, on day 1a, the normal PokerStars Pro’s are here with Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, and Jason Mercier all in PokerStars garb.  But there are a number of Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet pro’s in the mix as well (Annette Obrestad, Jeff Madsen, and Scott Clements are wearing FTP Patches, and Eric Baldwin, Adam Levy, and Bryan Devonshire are representing UB). Read more…