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…
Categories: Blog Post Chau Giang, Durrrr, Dwyte Pilgrim, Jason Mercier, John Monnette, Michael Binger, NAPT, Ram Vaswani, Sam Trickett, Shawn Buchanan, Tom Dwan, Tom Marchese, World Series of Poker, WSOP
We all know the affable Norman Chad from ESPN's telecasts of the World Series of Poker, but Chad may have a shot at a bracelet of his own.
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.
I also want to sent congrats to my buddy Tristan Wade for final tabling the $1,500 NLHE event. Read more…
Categories: Blog Post Cyndy Violette, Daniel Negreanu, Frank Kassela, Jean-Robert Bellande, John Juanda, Karina Jett, Kristy Gazes, Mike Sexton, Phil Hellmuth, Poker, Sean Getzwiller, Tom Marchese, Tristan Wade, WSOP
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…