If you have been following WSOP Event #21 standings over the last few hours you may have noticed something a bit strange.
Something called the “Prince of Docness” has the chip lead after two days in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship with 583,000 chips, some 15,000 behind Scottsdale’s Kyle Miaso. Eighteen players remain with an average chip stack of 262,000. A total of 157 players entered the tournament, which began on Monday.
(*we added that part, not part of his name)
The Prince of Docness, who hails from Santa Cruz, California is no flash in the pan. Although he has not yet won a bracelet, his Hendon Mob page details tournament cashes that go all the way back to 2001. That’s before you and I thought poker was cool.
POD’s latest WSOP cash was in 2013 at the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event. His 96th place finish was good for $2,603.
We couldn’t find the story behind the name, but a 2007 blurb from PokerNews says his real name is/was Doc Kegal.
We’re assuming WSOP rules are strict on use of official names so Prince of Darkness is likely his real name ala Metta World Peace. This is probably a good rule for the World Series of Poker, which otherwise would see the World Series of Poker leaderboards saturated with the likes of durrrrr, isildur1 and Sk8erBoi69 type nicknames (which admittedly for some online poker fans might be helpful).
Enough about his name, how does he play? Twitter had some insights on what type of player he is.
@Kevmath if I recall a few 2+2 threads, he has even been called one of the best Omaha hi-lo players on this planet.
— Boyan (@boyanpoker) June 10, 2015
We’re doubting the best player in the world declaration, but @Boyanpoker might be referring to this 2+2 post where poster Army Eye responded with his praise of the Prince of Docness.
If Prince of Docness holds on the lead today we are presuming he would be the first WSOP bracelet winner with an “of” in his name – something we feel is enough reason to root for him on Wednesday. If he wins, hopefully somebody will ask him the origins of his name or if he prefers a “The” in front of his moniker.
Day 3 gets underway today at 2 PM Pacific time on tables 353 and 359 of the Amazon room with everyone guaranteed at least $21,000. The eighteen players that remain will fight for the $1,475,800 prize pool as our hero looks to take home $391,000 should he win.
Now who is ready to start the Prince of Docness fan club?
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