The World Series of Poker is in full swing and as expected big names are making big headlines. 2009 Main Event Champ Joe Cada won his third bracelet, denying Joe McKeehen, who was going for the same. Daniel Negreanu and company are back playing the 100k Super High Roller – and DNegs is vlogging the whole thing. And finally, Phil Ivey made his triumphant return to the WSOP, but so far has come up empty. All those stories and more in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Cada Nabs Third Bracelet
Joe Cada originally exploded onto the scene in 2009 when he became the youngest person to win the World Series of Poker Main Event, a record he has held to this day. And while Cada might have been overshadowed at his own final table by Phil Ivey, the Michigan pro has quietly put together quite the poker resume. And on Saturday he added to it by winning the 3k NLHE Shootout event for over $226,000.
The Shootout saw an as-expected stacked final table. However, it appeared to be the night of 2015 Main Event winner Joe Mckeehen, who kept applying aggression and stacking chips. When the table got three-handed, it seemed destined to then get heads-up between McKeehen and Cada. But a crucial hand saw McKeehen shove sixes into Cada’s kings, and it proved to be the end of the 2015 champ. Cada then faced Sam Phillips in a lengthy back-and-forth heads-up battle before finally winning the match’s 5th all-in pot.
The Joe’s have both proven themselves to be esteemed tournament players since their WSOP wins. They now have five bracelets between the two of them. And not to say that the recent Main Event winners are better… but none of the WSOP Main Event winners from 2003-2007 have even won a second bracelet.
Congrats to Cada and all the other final tablists on their performances.
D-Negs on the V-Logs
Daniel Negreanu’s vlogs were the surprise hit of last year’s WSOP. While Andrew Neeme and Doug Polk put out their own excellent material, Negreanu was the only one with the resources and team to put out daily content for the entirity of the WSOP. His vlog was like watching a TV show – and we the audience had no idea how it would end.
And this year, the vlog is back, baby. While Negreanu didn’t vlog his Super High Roller Bowl tournament (one that saw him finish second to Justin Bonomo), he promises to have daily updates again this year for the entire World Series.
Love him or tolerate him, Negreanu is certainly one of the game’s most well-known players. And hundreds of thousands watch his content. The vlog is classic Daniel and a great look at what it’s like to play the Series.
However, a certain billboard has not made it into any vlogs…. thus far.
Ivey’s Back at the WSOP
After having seemingly put his court battles behind him, Ivey appears to be back in full force in Vegas. And this weekend saw him fire off two tournaments. First, Ivey hopped into the 100k High Roller at the very last second. Ivey was able to spin his 25 blind stack up early, but eventually lost all his chips to Stephen Chidwick. Ivey then hopped into the 2-7 Triple Draw event, but quickly bowed out of that one as well. While insignificant so far, Ivey’s presence is sure to be felt throughout the entire summer. And no doubt, the poker community will be hanging on to his every move.
Meanwhile, several events continued at the World Series. Several pieces of hardware will be handed out the next couple days. In addition to Cada winning gold, the High Roller played down to 10 players with Nick Petrangelo taking the chiplead into Sunday. This year’s Colossus is also well under way with tens of thousands of players getting in on the action. Finally, the only event to be concluded today will be the $1500 Omaha H/L event. Only four are left, and we’ll be sure to let you know who won in tomorrow’s update.
-A lot of poker players feel like they’ve seen it all before. And with the WSOP in full swing, players are experiencing some of the same ol’ shtick again and again. Well, in this amazing tweet from Gags30 (Michael Gagliano) he encourages other players to play WSOP Bingo with him.
Bored at the tables this summer? I present: WSOP bingo!! pic.twitter.com/koCCYdXyI2
— Gags30 (@Gags30poker) June 2, 2018
-Marty Derbyshire is one of the few polarizing poker journalists in the biz. But love him or hate him, he does posit some very unique questions. In his latest post for PlayUSA.com he questions whether the skill edge in poker has become so great as to make recreational players stay away from the World Series of Poker. Can the amateur still win? Or will he or she eventually lose so much that they stay away for good? Let the debate rage on.
-Who doesn’t love a good slowroll? Oh, that’s right, everyone. While occasionally entertaining to watch, getting slowrolled can be one of the most tilting occurrences for both live and online play. But if your schadenfredue is in full swing, PartyPoker has compiled a list of the Top 10 Biggest Slowrolls in poker history. It’s cringeworthy to watch, but you just can’t turn away.
-And finally, if the weekend Hit and Run just isn’t giving you all the poker news that you crave, PartTimePoker has you covered. PTP’s own David Huber has posted his monthly Current Event article recapping all the events from the month of May. Think of it as a sorta Monthly Hit and Run. Click on it. And get informed.
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.