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…
Well it turns out that yesterdays $10k Stud-8 event was the big highlight after all, as we say Phil Hellmuth heads up for the second time in this World Series of Poker. He got there through a loaded final table, but got there short stacked as well. Eric Rodawig, a Cardrunners instructor ran away with the chip lead, and while Hellmuth was able to narrow the chip margin to about 3 to 1 at one point, he just simply couldn’t run well enough to overtake the chip disadvantage and settled for 2nd a second time this summer. Congrats to Eric Rodawig for shipping the bracelet and a $442,183 payday.
The runner up finish does have a small consolation prize for Hellmuth who fell one spot shy of record setting bracelet number 12. Hellmuth has now overtaken Sam Stein in the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, although I think that for Phil, that’s probably the last thing on his mind. He wants number 12, and he wants it bad. This was career cash number 81 (also a WSOP record), and 44th Final Table (also a record). Hellmuth also now has a total of 8 Second Place finished now for his career, so he’s painfully familiar with the title of “Bridesmaid.” But he is still in search of at least one more title as he hasn’t won a WSOP event since 2007.
There was another event that completed in the Rio yesterday as Kirk Caldwell survived the blood-bath that was the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. It’s his first bracelet and a $668,292 payday, so congrats to Caldwell.
There will be four events running at the WSOP today, and here’s what to watch for among them:
Event #34 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
27 players remain in the $1k Donkament, and that’s kind of what it’s turned into. Once Dwyte Pilgrim went busto in 70th, the field turned into a basic sea of unknowns, so I’m not watching this one anymore.
Event #35 – $5,000 PLO 6-max
This event had tons of promise from just the name, and after day 1, the field of 507 was quickly trimmed to 110 remaining players bagging chips and the list of leaders has some great names. Vanessa Selbst leads the field with 250k chips, and is followed in order by Erick Lindgren (208k) and Shaun Deeb (194k). Also in the top 10 is WPT Los Angeles Champ Greg Brooks (147k) and Chris DeMaci who finished runner up at the NAPT Los Angeles. Tom Dwan led the pack for much of the day but Durrrr got some action and saw his stack dwindle down towards the end of the day, bagging 81k which is still above average. There are a ton of names still in this thing, and it will continue to be a fantastic watch.
Two more events get underway today as the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em will be the biggest field of the day, while the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event will draw the best names on the day. It should be a great day down at the Rio.
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…
I want to do this daily, but I’m not making any real promises here. Basically I was thinking about doing a quick little piece on the things that I’m interested in seeing in the upcoming day, but I don’t know that I’ll actually hold myself to a daily commitment of blogging. After all, I’m not getting paid for it, and sometimes life (and er…um…motivation) gets in the way. So when I do get to it, the piece will be here. When I don’t….well….tough noogies.
First let me start by congratulating the people that won the 23 bracelets so far in the series. You’re awesome. I’m not.
I particularly enjoyed the story of John Juanda besting Phil Hellmuth to gain bracelet number 5 and prevent PH from hitting number 12. I couldn’t take my eyeballs off the livestream…until what seemed to be the final hand of the event and they killed the broadcast. I had to find out through twitter that Juanda took it down because the feed went down in the closing seconds, but the rest of the match was a slow painful grind anyway. 2-7 Lowball is one of the more painful games to watch, so it was hardly mesmerizing. Juanda really tore up Hellmuth heads-up and overcame a more than 3 to 1 chip disadvantage to take home the gold. He’s certainly worth of acknowledgment.
In my opinion, placing Phil Ivey on a poker list has nothing to do with “how much did he win?” It does however have everything to do with “Where did he finish this time?” There are very few people that are going to argue the fact that Phil Ivey is the greatest living poker player on the planet. There are still a great number of people who will conjecture that Ivey is probably the greatest player to have ever played the game, and they can make a compelling argument. Ivey is at the top of the leaderboard when it comes to money earned in the career tournament earnings category and finished the year with another “ho-hum” $1.6 million in earnings in 2010. But the most compelling story over the 10 years that Ivey has played at the summer series in Las Vegas has been how many championships Ivey will win at the WSOP, and in 2010, we saw him increase that number by one, making him one of the best stories of the year. Read more…
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…
The WSOP Ratings on ESPN came out this week and the final table numbers were bad. I mean, really bad. They were worse than 2007 (the year that Jerry Yang won the main event) which was the last year before moving to “The November Nine” concept, and have been on a steady decline from the 2008 year when Peter Eastgate won the event. Last year’s table with Phil Ivey drew fewer views than I think most people expected, but this year’s numbers can’t be classified as anything other than a disappointment.
The reality is that Read more…