WSOP Hit and Run: Holz Wins Again, Main Event Fully Underway, Joe McKeehen Embraces Ambassadorship?
Almost all the remaining WSOP events concluded this weekend. Fedor Holz wins yet another High Roller. The Main Event is in full swing. Joe McKeehen impressively ambassadorial in shuffle-up-and-deal speech. And more.
Several bracelets were won over the weekend, and one more just now.
– Event #59, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em was won by Yue Du. Incredibly, it’s only his second WSOP cash to date, and a big one, at over $800,000. Natasha Barbour is still bracelet-less, as she finished in third, but she got a nice consolation prize in the form of an on-set marriage proposal from Jason Mercier, which she accepted.
– Event #61, $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em was won by the fearsome duo of Doug Polk and Ryan Fee, an outcome that seemed fairly inevitable from early in the final table. The two actually did play it as a tag team through the final table, though it was Fee at the controls when the final hand was dealt.
– Event #62, $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better High Roller was, unsurprisingly, a hotbed of top online talent. The ultimate winner was Jens “Jeans89” Kyllonen, an infamous crusher at the PokerStars nosebleed cash games.
– Event #63, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em was won by Tony Dunst, a professional player who is probably best-known to poker fans as the main commentator for the World Poker Tour. He now has 25 WSOP cashes to his name, but it is his first bracelet.
– Event #64, $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better was won by Kyle Bowker, a veteran pro from Walton, NY. It’s Bowker’s first bracelet (although he also has a WSOP Circuit ring), and the $294,960 top prize conveniently puts him just a hair over $1 million in WSOP cashes.
– Event #65, $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em was won by Courtney Kennedy, a poker dealer from Detroit.
– Event #66, $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em was won just a few hours ago by Clayton Macguire, a local cash game player. Contrary to what I reported on Friday, this year’s event did feature a live final table, but only of six, rather than nine players.
– Event #67, $111,111 One Drop High Roller was won by Fedor Holz, to the surprise of no one. These days, the bigger story would be Holz playing something with “High Roller” in the name and not winning it.
What to watch for today
There’s this thing called the Main Event, you might have heard of it?
This is the final starting day for the Main Event, and late registration is just about to close as of this writing. We’ll post the final entry tally tomorrow, but it looks like a pretty good turnout this year.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
The Main Event is usually the final event on the schedule, but not this year. The $1,111 Little One for One Drop has been moved to the very end of the schedule, as Event #68, presumably so as to benefit from registration by players busting out early in the Main Event. You can expect a greater-than-normal amount of coverage for it from PTP this year, as I’ll be reporting first-hand from my own seat at the table.
WSOP News & Notes
– Last year’s Main Event champ Joe McKeehen has not been making many friends on social media in the year since his win, but redeemed himself in the eyes of many with his “Shuffle Up and Deal” speech this morning, in which he asked players to play expediently, to respect their dealers, and to have fun.
— BetterCallSals (@msalsberg) July 11, 2016
– 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.
– 888poker is boasting that it put 250 online players into the WSOP this year, more than half of them into the Main Event. It’s be an exaggeration to say they’re responsible for this year’s high attendance, but that many online qualifiers is certainly a contributing factor.
– As much as the poker community loves to hate on the poker media, we like to hate on non-poker journalists who attempt to write about poker almost as much. It’s “trickle down loathing,” or something. The most recent example is this piece from James Guill at PokerUpdate, slamming the criticisms a HuffPo writer made of televised poker, which Guill considers ignorant.
– Russia and PokerStars continue to wage a technological arms race. Russian ISPs managed to block access to PokerStars temporarily on Friday, but PokerStars promptly rolled out a new client for its Russian customers to work around it.