WSOP Hit and Run: David Prociak Beats the Odds in Stud Eight, Natasha Barbour Bracelet Hunting in $5K NLHE, PTP Podcast Back on the Air
Amateur David Prociak overcomes a difficult final table to pick up his first bracelet, defeating Brandon Shack-Harris heads up to boot. Natasha Barbour is among the final four in the Event #59, $5000 No-Limit Hold’em. The PTP Podcast is back, with Steve Ruddock filling in as co-host. 888poker tries to get the jump on legalized online poker in Pennsylvania. And more.
A single bracelet was won on Thursday.
– Event #60, $1,500k Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Eight-or-Better, was won by David Prociak, a small business owner from Florida. It is his first bracelet and third WSOP cash. Despite the low buy-in, it was an impressively difficult final table that Prociak had to make it through, including runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris, John Monette, and Calvin Anderson, who hold a combined five bracelets between them.
What to watch for today
A great many events are either finishing today, or playing down to their last few players.
– Event #59, $5,000 No Limit Holdem tournament is down to four players as of this writing. Natasha Barbour is currently sitting third in chips and a win by her would make this year a tie for most bracelets won by women, as well as an interesting twist in the Jason Mercier heater, as the two of them are in a long-term relationship.
– Event #61, $1,000 Tag Team tournament is also at its final table. Unfortunately one potential feel-good story – Team Little-Little-Little consisting of pro player Jonathan Little and both of his parents – came to an early end when Jon could not make Ace-Jack win against Ace-Seven. For the time being, the show looks like it’s being run by the Doug Polk / Ryan Fee duo, which is unsurprising given how fearsome both men are at the table.
– Event #62, $25k PLO High Roller is down to 20 players, but won’t reach a conclusion today. Both Mizrachi brothers, Michael and Robert, are solidly in the running, in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with near-identical stacks.
– Event #63, $1,000 No Limit-Hold’em is going into its second day, but the remaining field is fairly lackluster. Daniel Weinman is looking for his first bracelet, while hot on his heels in 2nd is Patricia Kananda, an unknown who would be the second Canadian woman to win an event this year. The biggest name in the running is Tony Dunst, sitting in 13th on 90,000 chips.
– Event #64, $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better is going into its second day as well. It has a fairly stacked lineup for the buy-in, with Jon “Pearljammer” Turner in the lead and a veritable who’s who of younger players bunched up in the middle of the pack. PLO8 is hugely popular online, so it’s no wonder that this event has brought out a lot of top young talent.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Three interesting tournaments are scheduled to get underway today:
– Event #65, $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em features a lot of poker’s most popular women – Cate Hall, Vanessa Selbst, Maria Ho, and many others. Unfortunately, as often happens, one male player decided to enter the event to troll; legally, the WSOP cannot prevent men from doing this, though usually they have to pay $10,000 to enter rather than $1,000. Hopefully someone will send him packing in a rapid and preferably humiliating manner.
– Event #66, $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em is the WSOP’s first fully online tournament. The event ran last year as well, but finished with a live final table.
– Event #67, $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em is the priciest event on the entire schedule, and should also produce the largest prize pool outside of the Main Event. So far, 58 players are registered, including, as you’d expect, most of the big names who aren’t currently running deep in other events.
WSOP News & Notes
– Felipe Mojave is representing for the nation of Brazil in the mixed games. Remko Rinkema interviewed Mojave for PokerNews.
– For his part, Lee Davy at CalvinAyre.com found himself most impressed by the humility of Brian Rast as the latter won the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship on Wednesday, and wrote up his thoughts on that particularly entertaining final table.
– Recording the PartTimePoker Podcast has been difficult due to my co-host’s WSOP schedule, but we got Steve Ruddock to fill in so we wouldn’t miss two episodes in a row. In Ep. 9, Steve and I discuss WSOP prop bets, regulation in California, and a heads-up hand played by Safiya Umerova and Niall Ferrell in the $1,500 Shootout.
– James Guill at PokerUpdate wonders whether poker really has become a young man’s game.
– 888poker is betting heavily on legalized online gambling coming to Pennsylvania, beginning its marketing efforts before the necessary laws have actually been passed.