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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…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Jason Mercier highlights the $5k PLO

June 22nd, 2011 No comments

Jason Mercier ran like...well...Jason Mercier and is near the tops of the chip counts with 15 players left in the $5k PLO

Only one bracelet was awarded yesterday as Mark Schmid overcame the 3,144 player field to take home the Event #34 championship, shipping $488,283 in first place prize money and the jewelry.  The online player known as “pimpindonks” has roughly $1 million in online tournament earnings, and now has a prize even better than one of those Gold Jerseys (which have decreased significantly in value as we’re now on day 67 without hearing a word from Full Tilt Poker about where our deposits are – another post…another time).  Anyhow, I know little about Schmid other than this is his first bracelet, so congrats to him.

There will be 5 events in action today, and one in particular will continue to be a doozy.  Here’s what to watch for today: Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Sam Stein may be the best story, which should tell you something

June 19th, 2011 No comments

The fact that Sam Stein might be the best story entering today, doesn't bode well for those interested in the events of the WSOP.

What a year it’s been for Andy Frankenberger.  In June last year, Frankenberger saw a win in the $2k Venetian Deepstacks event (for $162,110) that catapulted him to a year that many players could only dream of.  He parlayed that win to the $5k NLHE championship at the WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles, for a cool $750,000 pay day.  Frankenberger followed that one up by final tabling the WPT Festa Al Lago, finishing in 5th for another $161,200, and a 16th place finish at the $10k World Poker Tour Doyle Brunsons Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Las Vegas (AKA – The longest tournament name ever) for another modest $33,785 pay day.  After the WPT closed out it’s season, Frankenberger was named player of the year thanks to his 3 cashes and 1 title.  Now, he’s added a WSOP Bracelet courtesy of besting the 2,500 Player field in Event #28, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Championship.  Even more impressive is that Frankenberger has only been on the live circuit since 2010.  So yeah…what a year it’s been for Andy Frankenberger, and congratulations on adding more bling to your trophy case, as well as another $599,153 to your booming bankroll.

For the remaining events in play, here’s what to watch at the Rio if you’re at the World Series of Poker Today: Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #11 Dwyte Pilgrim

December 27th, 2010 No comments
Dwyte Pilgrim

Dwyte Pilgrim's WPT Title was a moment that changed his story from good to great.

Fair or not, there is often a distinction between the “big leagues” and the “minor leagues” when it comes to poker tournaments.  While the greater buy in tournaments garner more prestige, there are far more tournaments run throughout Casino’s globally that don’t feature buy-ins at the $1,000 and up level.  So many poker tournaments are held that have a couple hundred bucks as the entry fee, and first prize pays well under $100k.  Their tournaments aren’t necessarily on the radar of most professional poker players as the return on their investments doesn’t make them worth their time, especially since little to no notoriety comes along with the prizes.

In 2009, Dwyte Pilgrim won 2 World Series of Poker Circuit Championship Rings.  He coupled that year with a total of $332k in earnings, a very respectable number for any red-blooded human in any profession.  That total placed him in the top 300 of poker players around the globe in earnings for the 2009 year, and he began to really appear on the radar as the “King of the Minor Leagues.” Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #17 David Williams

December 20th, 2010 No comments
David Williams

David Williams had another stellar year, highlighted by winning the $25k WPT Championship

In 2004 the WSOP Main Event had swelled to 2,576 players, up from the 839 the year before when an accountant named Moneymaker won the main event.  When the heads up play began, it was Greg Raymer who was the biggest stack versus David Williams, who was fighting an uphill battle.  Raymer’s aggressive nature secured the victory, as David Williams took the second largest payday in poker history at the time with $3.5 million ($1.1 million more than Moneymaker had won the year before).  The poker boom was on, and Williams was now everywhere as the man that finished runner up on TV had become a poker superstar.  His next cash was another $573,800 for a runner up finish at the WPT Borgata Poker Open, and then finally a win for $121,057 at the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic.  But after a dream year in 2004, he just kind of fell away from the spotlight for a little.  I’m not exactly certain why, but a lot of people wondered if David Williams had fallen off the map completely after that score, or that he was a “one-hit-wonder” because of the lack of giant scores that he’d receive.

But Williams was still crushing the poker scene, actually booking 6-figure earnings in every year since his brides maid finish at the main event, including a $1 million year in 2006 capped off with 2 more WPT final tables, and a bracelet win at the WSOP.  Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #18 Randal Flowers

December 19th, 2010 2 comments
Randall Flowers

Randall Flowers becomes the youngest 2 time WPT Champion

They say that you need luck to win a poker tournament, but that players that are more skilled just need less luck than other players.  Without the years of experience that some of the poker old guard has had, Randall Flowers has already been on the fast track to racking up good scores beginning at the age of 18.  Using online poker as a vehicle to really learn the game, Flowers has to date more than $2.3 million in online tournament winnings.  But the now 22-year old poker phenom took to the casino’s in Verona, New York to really jumpstart his live play, as they allowed players to compete from the age of 18.   Flowers booked several final tables in New York, including a 3rd place finish for $72,480 in the $5,000 buy-in Empire State Hold’em Championships, and rode that wave of live success to the EPT in San Remo in 2008, where he’d bubble the final table by losing a flip for a huge stack.

But in 2009, the 21-year old Flowers final tabled the WPT Barcelona with a huge stack, en route to besting Per Sjogren heads up to claim a WPT Title with more than $380k in prize winnings.  The WPT win made history as Flowers became the youngest player ever to win a WPT title at 21 years old, and placed him on the map as one of the brightest tournament pro’s on the circuit, with the poker world waiting to see what would happen in 2010. 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…