Blow ups aside, Hellmuth is playing great this WSOP and has a 2nd chance this series at bracelet number 12, with just 18 left in the $10k Stud-8 Event.
I have to say that I’m impressed that yesterday saw three different events award bracelets. I expected more than one of the events to be impacted by the hard stop, but the players played more loosely than I gave them credit for and we finished out the tournaments that were scheduled to be done. So with that, there will only be 4 tournaments in action today, which marks the smallest number of tourney’s in action at the Rio since…well… I think day 1. That should make it easy to view all the action in place, what with, you know, only having to be 4 places at once instead of 6.
Firstly I have to get the congratulatory paragraphs out to the newest jewelry recipients from yesterday. Read more…
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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…
Johnny Chan made us all think that he could do it again at this year's WSOP Main Event
There are very few names in the poker industry that are referred to with the same sense of awe as Johnny Chan. For nearly 30 years, Chan has been throwing cards around poker tables all over the globe, and stacking the chips of other poker players that have left with their wallets empty because they played with the poker icon. Bob Stupak once coined the nickname “The Orient Express” after Chan won the 1981 American Cup poker tournament, getting through the final table of the tournament in under an hour. The name just stuck and the train has been cruising along the tracks ever since. Chan was the last player to win back to back WSOP Main Event titles (in 1987 and 1988), a feat which is very likely never going to be replicated given the size of today’s fields. It’s also incredible that in 1989, he finished runner up in the Main Event to Phil Hellmuth. But the 10 time bracelet winner was immortalized in the movie “Rounders” where Mike McDermott watched the tape of Chan slow play a monster versus Erik Seidel en route to winning his second Main Event title.
Last year I had Andew Feldman of ESPN on our show (the TPT Live Show) to talk about the play at the final table after the November 9. As part of our discussion, we discussed if there was another player that would have the impact on the game of poker that Phil Ivey had in making the November 9. I somewhat jokingly said “Can you imagine if Johnny Chan was a November Niner? In fact, I think that Johnny Chan will make the final table again.” This year, he made me believe that it was not only possible, but likely. This made his 2010 Main Event story one of the best of the year. Read more…