Tom Cannuli wins the biggest buy-in online bracelet in WSOP history. Poker villain Chris Ferguson leads this year’s WSOP Player of the Year race. Tommy Le demonstrates his Pot-Limit Omaha mastery. Poker Players Championship underway. And more.
– Former November Niner Tom Cannuli has won his first bracelet. Running considerably better this weekend than he did back in 2015, he managed to crack pocket Kings twice with his own pocket Queens at the final table of the $3,333 Big Grind and take it down for $322,814. Cannuli was playing under the username “FLOATZ” for this, the largest buy-in online bracelet event to date.
– Tommy Le has finished what he started last summer. Le managed to final table three separate Pot-Limit Omaha events in 2016, but couldn’t reel in a bracelet. Now, he has won Event #54 – $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship – for $938,732, the bracelet, and proof that 2016 wasn’t just a hot run.
– Tom Koral has been attending the WSOP for 13 years but despite five final tables hadn’t managed to claim a bracelet until this past Friday night. Koral won Event #55 – $1,500 Seven-Card Stud – for $96,907, checking off that box in the process.
– Mixed games are usually considered to be tough for recreational players, split-pot games in particular. Yet, Smith Sirisakorn, a Los Angeles restauranteur with only one previous tournament cash to his name, got through 404 opponents in Event #57, a $2,500 mix of Omaha Hi/Lo and Stud Hi/Lo.
– Andres Korn from Argentina spiked a three-outer on the final hand to win Event #56 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em. It is his first bracelet.
– Jens Lakemeier has just won Event #59 – $2,500 Big Bet Mix, mowing down his final four opponents in the span of just 20 hands.
– Event #58 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em should reach its conclusion tonight. Eight players remain on dinner break of the third day. The Belarusian Artur Rudziankov leads.
New and Upcoming Excitement
– The fourth and final flight of Event #60 – $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – is underway. Ray Qartomy and Vanessa Kade were chip leaders at the end of flights B and C, while other recognizable names near the top of the chip counts include JC Tran, Jason Wheeler and Matt Stout.
– Event #62 – the $50,000 Poker Players Championship – is as anticipated by top pros as the Main Event is by amateurs. It’s underway today, with 71 players registered and only two eliminations as of this writing. Six players have so far managed to run their 250,000 starting chips above the 300,000 mark: David Bach, Johnny Chan, Robert Mizrachi, Abe Mosseri, Albert Daher and Dan Smith.
WSOP Quick Hitters
– A sick anti-sweat for the wider poker community is underway, as disgraced pro Chris “Jesus” Ferguson currently leads the Player of the Year race. Ferguson, still loathed for his role at Full Tilt prior to Black Friday, made his reappearance at last year’s series and came 11th in the race.
– I had some meta-commentary to make about how PokerGo has been approaching the audio portion of its broadcasts. How should poker be commentated?