WSOP Hit and Run: JRB and Hellmuth Fall Short; Micon Plea Deal; Chan and Seed Wrestle
Another busy day at the 2015 WSOP. 4 bracelets awarded. Prince of Docness sighting. Terrence Chan and Huck Seed “fight” in the Rio parking lot. Hellmuth and Broke Living JRB come up short.
Event #44: The $50,000 Poker Players Championship: Final Report
Poker nearly got a shot in the arm as Jean Robert Bellande, a potential media darling, had a real shot at winning the prestigious $50k Poker Players Championship. Alas, the former Survivor contestant fell short of winning his first bracelet, as Mike Gorodinsky felled one of poker’s top personalities.
Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em: Final Report
After play was halted the night before, it took Upeshka DeSilva just eight hands to dispatch Dara O’Kearney on Thursday and win his first bracelet.
Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed: Final Report
Vasili Firsau joined the ever-growing ranks of World Series of poker bracelet winners on Thursday, coming out on top in the $3k PLO tournament.
Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
Phil Hellmuth’s quest for bracelet #15 will have to wait a bit longer after the Poker Brat was eliminated in 16th place. The final five players, including Andy Black, will return on Friday to determine the winner.
Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud: Final Report
After a marathon heads-up battle with Benjamin Lazer, Eli Elezra won bracelet #3 on Thursday.
Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Updates
21 players will return on Friday to play for the PLO8 bracelet. Still in the hunt are Galen Hall, Erik Seidel, George Danzer, Vanessa Selbst, and how can we not mention the Prince of Docness, real name Doc Kegal, who is quickly turning into a PTP favorite.
Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship: Updates
Just 11 players remain in the $10k Limit Holdem Championship and it’s a veritable who’s who of Limit Holdem players, including Marco Johnson and Terrence Chan. Also in contention are Justin Bonomo, Anthony Zinno, and Jesse “MazeorBowie” Martin.
Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed: Updates
Over 1,000 players registered for the 6-Max NLHE tournament, proving once again the popularity of the 6-Max format. By the end of the day the field was whittled down to 285 players.
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice: Updates
One of the more interesting tournaments got underway on Thursday as 357 players signed up to play in a tournament where up to 19 different poker formats might be played. 75 of those players had a good time and will be back for Day 2 on Friday.
Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
WSOP Quick Hitters
Brian Hastings and Fedor Holz: When HeadsUpForRollz simply won’t cut it you go straight to crossbooking challenges.
In yet another case of prop bets being more exciting than poker, Terrence Chan (a trained MMA fighter) took on the much larger Huck Seed in a wrestling match for an undisclosed amount of money.
— PokerNews (@PokerNews) June 26, 2015
SURPRISE! Allen Kessler is unhappy… this time it’s about the structure of the Dealer’s Choice tournament.
Non-WSOP Quick Hitters
Chris “Fox” Wallace pens an open letter to the Tournament Directors Association asking them to take on issues players “really” care about.
Bryan “The Icon” Micon, charged with running an illegal online gambling site in the state of Nevada got a pretty sweet plea deal yesterday. Micon avoids jail time altogether, agreeing to pay a $25,000 fine and probation.