This Father’s Day weekend saw bracelet after bracelet awarded to many deserving players. Johnny “World” Hennigan conquered the 10K HORSE event for his 5th career bracelet. A particularly brutal river card lifted Gal Yilfrach over James Mackey in the $3k 6-max event. And somehow three more events crowned their champion with Hanh Tran, Ryan Bambrick, and Steven Albini all taking home their first WSOP gold. How did they do it? Their stories along with news about Doyle Brunson’s retirement in this weekend’s Hit and Run.
Johnny “World” Wins World Title
If some World Series of Poker bracelets hold more prestige than others, then surely the 10k HORSE has to be near the top of the list of most coveted WSOP championships. Well, John Hennigan took it down Friday for his incredible 5th bracelet, defeating David “Bakes” Baker heads-up. Hennigan has stood the test of time extraordinarily well with his other bracelets coming in 2002, 2004, 2014, and 2016. Throw in a WPT title in 2007 and it’s quite the impressive resume.
With the win Hennigan is just the 25th player to ever win five bracelets. The final table was obviously stacked. Along with Baker in 2nd, Lee Salem placed 3rd. Randy Ohel got 5th, and Dan Zack placed 7th. Hennigan seemed relieved more than anything after his win:
“It was a high-pressure final table. Iraj yesterday was really putting everybody on tilt, me especially. The only guy I thought that held it together was David Baker. He played a great tournament in my opinion. It was a good learning experience for me because I was so tilted and kind of fell apart and got saved by the deck really. I had some very lucky situations when I was short, and it’s just a really nice win.”
Hennigan is also making a run at the 50k Player’s Championship today – an event he has already won once.
-Gal Yifrach won his first bracelet and $461,798 in the $3,000 NLHE 6-Max event defeating James Mackey heads-up. Mackey still won over $285,000 in defeat. The two were even in chips when all the money went in, but a brutal suck-out left Yilfrach the winner. Gary Hasson of Belgium took third for almost $194k.
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-Hanh Tran also won his first bracelet in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event for $117,282. The Australian native was able to defeat Sweden’s Oscar Johansson who got 2nd for $72,471. Florida pro David Prociak placed 3rd for $46,729. Congrats to all the winners.
-In a wild final table, Ryan Bambrick took down another first-time bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $217,123. Finland’s Sampo Ryynanen placed 2nd for just over $134k, while Tim McDermott got the bronze with $93,639. Afterwards Bambrick said, “I was just trying to play my best game the whole time. I was really focused on trying to win. I wasn’t really concerned about the pay jumps. I just wanted to win a bracelet, to be honest with you.” Congrats, Ryan.
-Saturday’s final bracelet went to another first timer. Steven Albini was able to overcome a final table full of heavy hitters to win his first bracelet and $105,629. The Chicago native was able to come from behind to defeat 6-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro, who won $65,282. Bracelet winner Katherine Fleck finished 3rd for $43,765 while everyone’s favorite player Chris Ferguson got 4th place despite being chip leader for a large portion of the final table. Congrats, Steve!
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-The $1k Seniors Event moves forward slow and steady much like the seniors playing it. Play resumed at 11am PT with Ronald Bishop leading the way with just over a million in chips. The oldest player to make day 3 is 83-year-old Andreas Dassopoulos. The plan is to play down to the final table today. The winner of this prestigious event will pocket over $662k. Plenty of money for prune juice and hard candy.
-The $50k Player’s Championship also sees its day 3 Sunday. Robert Mizrachi and Phil Ivey lead the way in the summer’s most prestigious event. 87 players began this event, but the incredible structure sees 42 players still return. Previous winners Matthew Ashton and David Bach were eliminated on Day 2. Can Ivey make his first final table of the summer?
-The $1k Double Stack NLHE event is seeing its Day 1b. Brian Yoon was the chip leader on the opening flight with 233,600 in chips. 2,387 entries turned into only 533 after all was said and done. How many total will the event get? The answer will be revealed on Day 1b which gets under way at 11 am.
-Day 2 of the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event is already underway. The event combines Omaha 8 or Better, PLO, and Big O. Peter Neff grabbed the chiplead after Day 1 with Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, and David Bach also making Day 2. The winner will make a cool $211,781 for their work and luck in this one.
The $1k Super Seniors is the only event that gets underway today. Inconceivably James Moore is going for his THIRD straight title in this event, having won it in both 2016 and 2017. Action gets under way at 10 am because, ya know, super seniors and all.
WSOP on TV
Poker fans can watch a replay of the $1,500 PLO final right now on PokerGo.
-David Huber has been bringing you all the latest news on Pennsylvania’s entrance into the world of online poker. In this write-up for PTP David looks at the Regulatory Guide for Pennsylvania Casinos. The guide provides a summary of Pennsylvania Casino Self-Exclusion regulations that are mandated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) and Office of Compulsive & Problem Gambling (OCPG). It is designed to be a helpful resource for those who desire to become more informed about compliance with existing PA gambling laws concerning voluntary customer self-exclusion from services offered by main slot machine license Certificate Holders in the Keystone State.
-In a beautifully touching, but heartbreaking story, Sean Chaffin takes a look at how one Vegas regular is dealing with his wife’s Alzheimer’s. It’s inspirational and emotional.
-Over at CardPlayerLifestyle, they’ve been looking at some of the PokerGo’s original programming. And James Guill wrote this pretty negative review at the site’s attempt at comedy – Poker Nights. To be fair, Poker Nights is… kinda awful.
-Finally, poker media and mainstream media made a pretty huge fuss about Doyle Brunson retiring after his final table in the $10k 2-7 Event. But is the legend really gone? This article on CardsChat looks to clarify what Doyle really meant.
I didn't mean to make such a fuss over my "retirement". I meant probably no more WSOP tournaments. That isn't written in stone however. When they start the mixed games on high stakes poker, I'll be there. Probably not so much cash games but I appreciate all the nice thoughts.
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 13, 2018
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker