by Joseph Smith Sr.
WSOP Event #21, a scheduled 3 day No-Limit Hold'em affair with a $1,000 buy-in, attracted 2,043 entrants, all with the singular goal of taking home the WSOP gold. Of course, the $335,659 winner's share of the $1,838,700 prize pool also offered some motivation to be the last player with a chip stack and a chair. The event paid the top 216 finishers a share of the cash.
Winner, Dominik Nitsche, fresh off a win in the World Series of Poker Circuit National Champinship apparently brought his good luck to Las Vegas. During the heads-up match with second place finisher Dave D'Alesandro it seemed that Nitsche never missed a flop, or a turn or a river. Whatever he needed he got to stay in the match. The heads-up lasted almost one hundred hands before Nitsche made a river flush against D'Alesandro's small pair and smaller stack and it was finally over.
Dominik Nitsche had his third WSOP gold bracelet and $335,659 in cash. Dave D'Alesandro had to settle for second place and $208,931.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
This scheduled two-day rapid-fire style No-Limit Hold'em event began with 1473 hopefuls running and gunning for a share of the $1,325,700 prize pool and a shot at an elusive WSOP gold bracelet. Within six hours of the start there were 171 players remaining and in the money. Another six hours of play reached the final table nine when Amanda Baker bubbled out in tenth place.
Don't let the low buy-in lead you to believe this was a tournament filled with unlnowns, in fact, just the opposite. Among the players were well known professionals Phil Laak, Allen Cunningham, Tony Gregg, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Selbst and many more.
Day two saw the nine returning final table players falling like lawyers quail hunting with VP Cheney. Soon the group was down to the final two going heads-up for the bracelet and just over a quarter million in cash. David Polk and Andy Philachack went heads-up until Philachack went all-in when the turn gave him a set of treys, but the final river card completed Polk's open end straight and he had won his first WSOP bracelet and $251,969. Philachack left with $155,756 in compensation to console his disappointment at coming so close to the gold bracelet.
The following lists the final table order of finish and money received.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Another first time bracelet winner at the 2014 WSOP happening now at the Rio in Las Vegas. Kory Kilpatrick from Athens, Georgia walked away from the final table in Event #20 with $254,891 in cash and his first WSOP bracelet after sending second place finisher Eric Wasserman to the rail.
Kory Kilpatrick began the day of the final table in the middle of the pack which included three former WSOP bracelet winners. None of the previous bracelet winners—Taylor Paur, Phil Gilford or Chris Bell---made it past 5th place.
This final table took more than six hours to eliminate two players. The players traded chips for the first three hours before Narendra Banwari was eliminated in tenth place. They played on nine-handed for more than three hours before Dylan Linde was out in the ninth spot. Then the dominoes began to fall and players were rapidly eliminated until just one had chips and a chair, Kory Kilpatrick.
Event #20, a $3K buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout contest attracted a crowd of 389 players and offered a prize pool totaling $1,061,970 split among the top 40 finishers.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
The best poker player I knew growing up was an uncle that never had a job but always had money. He's the one that gave me a deck of cards for my 6th birthday and said they were my retirement account. He called Houston home and told me there was two things all Texans did, play football and poker.
I don't know if Houstonian Ted Gillis plays football, but he certainly does play poker and proved his prowess for the game when he defeated a field of 2086 players in Event #19 at the 2014 WSOP. Gillis collected the winner's share of $514,027 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
With only one WSOP cash, 2013 $1,500 Buy-In No Limit Hold'em event, and all time earnings of just over $10K the unlikely Texan faced one of the game's toughest players and the holder of 2 WSOP bracelets, John “Johnny World” Henningan. Gillis came to the head-up match with a 2-1 chip advantage and apparently was not aware of or didn't worry much about Johnny Hennigan's reputation. He played his game and in short order had Hennigan all in with second best. Henningan received $319,993 for second place.
|NAME||YEAR||TOTAL BRACELETS WON||EVENT|
|David Baker||2010||3||$10,000 NL 2–7 Draw Lowball Championship|
|David Baker||2012||3||$10,000 H.O.R.S.E.|
|David Baker||2012||3||$2,500 Eight Game Mix|
|David Sklansky||1982||3||$800 Mixed Doubles|
|David Sklansky||1982||3||$1,000 Draw High|
|David Sklansky||1983||3||$1,000 Limit Omaha|
|Dewey Tomko||1979||3||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Dewey Tomko||1984||3||$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Dewey Tomko||1984||3||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Don Williams||1982||3||$1,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Don Williams||1985||3||$1,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Don Williams||1988||3||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|Eli Balas||1992||3||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Eli Balas||1999||3||$5,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Eli Balas||2004||3||$2,500 Limit Hold'Em|
|Farzad Bonyadi||1998||3||$2,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Farzad Bonyadi||2004||3||$1,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw|
|Farzad Bonyadi||2005||3||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Hamid Dastmalchi||1986||3||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Hamid Dastmalchi||1992||3||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Hamid Dastmalchi||1993||3||$2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Hilbert Shirey||1987||3||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Hilbert Shirey||1995||3||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys|
|Hilbert Shirey||1995||3||$2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Jack Keller||1984||3||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Jack Keller||1984||3||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Jack Keller||1993||3||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Jeff Lisandro||2009||3||$1,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Jeff Lisandro||2009||3||$10,000 World Championship 7 Stud Hi-Low|
|Jeff Lisandro||2009||3||$2,500 Razz|
|Jeff Madsen||2006||3||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Jeff Madsen||2006||3||$5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6/Table|
|Jeff Madsen||2013||3||$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Jimmy Casella||1971||3||$1,000 Limit Razz|
|Jimmy Casella||1974||3||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|Jimmy Casella||1974||3||$10,000 Seven-Card Stud|
|John Bonetti||1990||3||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|John Bonetti||1993||3||$1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|John Bonetti||1995||3||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|John Cernuto||1996||3||$1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|John Cernuto||1997||3||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|John Cernuto||2002||3||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Lyle Berman||1989||3||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Lyle Berman||1992||3||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Lyle Berman||1994||3||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|Matt Matros||2010||3||$1,500 Limit Hold'em|
|Matt Matros||2011||3||$2,500 Mixed Hold'em|
|Matt Matros||2012||3||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed|
|Max Stern||1995||3||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Max Stern||1997||3||$2,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|Max Stern||1997||3||$3,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Nani Dollison||2000||3||$1,000 Ladies' LH/Seven Stud|
|Nani Dollison||2001||3||$2,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Nani Dollison||2001||3||$1,000 Ladies' LH/Seven Stud|
|O'Neil Longson||1994||3||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|O'Neil Longson||2003||3||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|O'Neil Longson||2005||3||$1,500 Seven-Card Razz|
|Paul Clark||1992||3||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Paul Clark||1999||3||$1,500 Razz|
|Paul Clark||2002||3||$1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|Perry Green||1976||3||$1,000 Ace to Five Draw|
|Perry Green||1977||3||$500 Ace to Five Draw|
|Perry Green||1979||3||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Sam Farha||1996||3||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Sam Farha||2006||3||$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or better)|
|Sam Farha||2010||3||$10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Championship|
|Sailor Roberts||1974||2||$5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Sailor Roberts||1975||2||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|A. J. Myers||1980||2||$600 Mixed Doubles|
|A. J. Myers||1981||2||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Andy Frankenberger||2011||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Andy Frankenberger||2012||2||$10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Antonio Esfandiari||2004||2||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em|
|Antonio Esfandiari||2012||2||$1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop|
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||2011||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||2013||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Aubrey Day||1973||2||$3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Aubrey Day||1978||2||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Bill Chen||2006||2||$3,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Bill Chen||2006||2||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6/Table|
|Brandon Cantu||2006||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Brandon Cantu||2009||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low|
|Brent Carter||1991||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Brent Carter||1994||2||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Brian Rast||2011||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Brian Rast||2011||2||$50,000 The Poker Player's Championship|
|Brock Parker||2009||2||$2,500 Limit Hold'em Short Handed|
|Brock Parker||2009||2||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed|
|Buddy Bonnecaze||1992||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Buddy Bonnecaze||1993||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Burt Boutin||2001||2||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Burt Boutin||2007||2||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys|
|Carter Phillips||2010||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed|
|Carter Phillips||2012||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Chris Bjorin||1997||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Chris Bjorin||2000||2||$3,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Cliff Josephy||2005||2||$1,500 Seven-Card Stud|
|Cliff Josephy||2013||2||$3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout|
|Dan Harrington||1995||2||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Dan Harrington||1995||2||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Daniel Idema||2011||2||$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship|
|Daniel Idema||2013||2||$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low|
|David Baxter||1983||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|David Baxter||1986||2||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|David Grey||1999||2||$2,500 Seven Card Stud|
|David Grey||2005||2||$5,000 No Limit 2 to 7 Draw Lowball|
|David Pham||2001||2||$2,000 S.H.O.E.|
|David Pham||2006||2||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout|
|David Warga||2002||2||$500 Employee's Limit Hold'em|
|David Warga||2010||2||$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better|
|Davidi Kitai||2008||2||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Davidi Kitai||2013||2||$5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Dody Roach||1981||2||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Dody Roach||1996||2||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Dutch Boyd||2006||2||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6/Table|
|Dutch Boyd||2010||2||$2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Handed|
|Eddy Scharf||2001||2||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Eddy Scharf||2003||2||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Eli Elezra||2007||2||$3,000 World Championship 7 Stud Hi/Lo|
|Eli Elezra||2013||2||$2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball|
|Eric Froehlich||2005||2||$1,500 Limit Hold-em|
|Eric Froehlich||2006||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys|
|Erick Lindgren||2008||2||$5,000 Mixed Hold'em|
|Erick Lindgren||2013||2||$5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed|
|Frank Kassela||2010||2||$10,000 7 Stud Hi-Low Championship|
|Frank Kassela||2010||2||$2,500 Seven Card Razz|
|Frankie O'Dell||2003||2||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Frankie O'Dell||2007||2||$2,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split|
|Freddy Deeb||1996||2||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|Freddy Deeb||2007||2||$50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.|
|Gene Fisher||1980||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Gene Fisher||1993||2||$1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|Greg Merson||2012||2||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed|
|Greg Merson||2012||2||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event|
|Greg Mueller||2009||2||$10,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em|
|Greg Mueller||2009||2||$1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout|
|Hans "Tuna" Lund||1978||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Hans "Tuna" Lund||1996||2||$1,500 Ace to Five Draw|
|Howard Andrew||1976||2||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Howard Andrew||1976||2||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Howard Lederer||2000||2||$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Howard Lederer||2001||2||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|Hoyt Corkins||1992||2||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Hoyt Corkins||2007||2||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed|
|Humberto Brenes||1993||2||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Humberto Brenes||1993||2||$2,500 Limit Hold'em|
|Jack Straus||1973||2||$3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Jack Straus||1982||2||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|James Richburg||2006||2||$1,500 Razz|
|James Richburg||2007||2||$2,500 H.O.R.S.E.|
|Jan Vang Sørensen||2002||2||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Jan Vang Sørensen||2005||2||$5,000 Seven-Card Stud|
|Jason Mercier||2009||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Jason Mercier||2011||2||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed|
|Jennifer Harman||2000||2||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|Jennifer Harman||2002||2||$5,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Jim Doman||1982||2||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Jim Doman||1983||2||$800 Mixed Doubles|
|John Hennigan||2002||2||$2,000 H.O.R.S.E.|
|John Hennigan||2004||2||$5,000 Limit Hold 'Em|
|John Lukas||1983||2||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|John Lukas||1985||2||$1,000 Seven Stud Hi-Lo|
|John Monnette||2011||2||$2,500 Eight Game Mix|
|John Monnette||2012||2||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|John Phan||2008||2||$3,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|John Phan||2008||2||$2,500 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball|
|Josh Arieh||1999||2||$3,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Josh Arieh||2005||2||$2,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Juan Carlos Mortensen||2001||2||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Juan Carlos Mortensen||2003||2||$5,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Luis Velador||2008||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Luis Velador||2010||2||$2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha|
|Mark Radoja||2011||2||$5,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout|
|Mark Radoja||2013||2||$10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em|
|Mark Seif||2005||2||$1,500 Limit Hold' Em Shootout|
|Mark Seif||2005||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Marty Sigel||1993||2||$2,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Marty Sigel||1996||2||$2,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Matt Graham||2008||2||$1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout|
|Matt Graham||2009||2||$10,000 World Championship PLO|
|Matt Keikoan||2008||2||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Matt Keikoan||2010||2||$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship|
|Matt Perrins||2011||2||$1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball|
|Matt Perrins||2013||2||$5,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Max Pescatori||2006||2||$2,500 Limit Hold'em|
|Max Pescatori||2008||2||$2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha|
|Mel Judah||1989||2||$1,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Mel Judah||1997||2||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Michael Gathy||2012||2||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Michael Gathy||2013||2||$1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em|
|Michael Mizrachi||2010||2||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship|
|Michael Mizrachi||2012||2||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship|
|Mike Eise||2009||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Mike Ellis||2010||2||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Minh Nguyen||2003||2||$1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|Minh Nguyen||2004||2||$1,500 Pot Limit Hold'Em|
|Nick Schulman||2009||2||$10,000 World Championship 2-7 Lowball|
|Nick Schulman||2012||2||$10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No Limit)|
Next time see the standings of Thor Hansen, Chris Moneymaker, Scott Fischman, and more
by Joseph Smith Sr.
George Danzer will be enjoying his journey back to Germany with at least one WSOP gold championship bracelet and $294,792 in his pocket. After having made eight WSOP final tables and cashed in ten events Danzer finally has a WSOP bracelet and a championship.
WSOP event #18 was the first $10K buy-in razz tournament ever on the schedule and attracted a crowd of 112 entrants, mostly pros. A prize pool of $1,052,800 was offered to the top 16 finishers which included well known professional poker players Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins, Nick Schulman, and David Bach.
When the final table was down to the final two head-up players it was George Danzer facing chip leader and 2014 WSOP event #3 champion, Brandon Shack-Harris. The two traded the lead stack until George Danzer begin to pull away and finally had an 8-1 chip advantage. After that Danzer went on cruise control and within a few hands had all the chips and the championship.
Brandon Shack-Harris will be adding $182,155 to his previous winnings in event #3 after his runner-up finish in today's Seven Card Razz Championship
The following lists the final table order of finish and prize money paid out to each player.
by Wendeen H. Eolis
Hours before the curtain rose on the 45th annual World Series of Poker, last minute wrangling amongst the collaborators was at a fever pitch. Behind the scenes, the organizers and the operator of the fabled tournament were still debating the planned theatrics to open the festivities. Time was running out to settle the latest tiff among the organizers. Players are rarely aware of the internal machinations, but they are often caught, unwittingly, in the cross hairs of the competing entities. In this case, a bit of free money was in the mix. The players were victorious!
Corporate Structure Creates Madness
Welcome to the world of complex corporate relationships that thrive on poker’s biggest stage. At the WSOP the customer is the buyer and the product. The corporate maze of Caesars Entertainment (Caesars) and its related businesses is even more complicated. Here, you cannot tell the players without a scorecard.
A thumbnail sketch of the inter-connected cast of characters that impact on your experience at the WSOP follows: the WSOP is owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment ("CIE"), which is a subsidiary of Caesars Growth Partners, LLC, ("Caesars Growth") which is a joint venture between Caesars Acquisition Company (“CAC”) and Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars”). The Rio All Suites Hotel which operates the WSOP is wholly owned by Caesars.
And—Caesars holds the controlling shares of Caesars Growth; 58%. 42% of the shares is owned by CAC. Mitch Garber is the CEO of Caesars Growth Partners, CAQ and CIE and has a notable equity interest in the businesses he oversees. Garber sums up for me a crucial point in these entangled connections: "The WSOP has no economic interest in the Rio, but the Rio has an economic interest in the WSOP."
For those who crave a more finite understanding of these relationships or further details that make more sense of the fancy structure, you are on your own! For the rest of us, suffice to say that the WSOP branding machine and the Rio operating team have natural reasons to lock horns as each seeks to pursue their own respective interests in the course of their collaborations.
Key Players on the WSOP Team: Stewart, Greenbaum, and Effel
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Las Vegas poker pro Dan Heimiller topped a record field of 4,425 players to win his second WSOP gold bracelet and $627,462 in cash. He also gets to keep the Golden Eagle trophy until next year's Senior Event. Heimiller's first gold bracelet came during the 2002 WSOP and he collected $108,300. He has made 15 WSOP final tables and been in the money 40 times. The largest purse collected prior to today's win was $300,000 for a seventh place finish in the European Poker Tour's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Dan Heimiller has now amassed live tournament winnings totaling close to $4 million. The poker journeyman's best WSOP Main Event finish occurred in 2002 when he was eliminated in the 43rd spot. He also has cashed in the Main Event three times, in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
Heimiller had to battle from behind with second place finisher Donald Mass for much of the final table play. He finally took the chip lead going into the heads-up match and enjoyed an almost 3 – 1 chip advantage. Donald Maas received $388,462 for his runner up finish. The event offered a prizepool of $3,982,500 and the top 468 finishers received a share of the purse.
The following lists the nine final table player's order of finish and prize money each received.
Dan Heimiller ---- $627,462
Donald Maas ----- $388,462
David Smith ------ $279,412
Anthony Wise ---- $206,492
Dennis Phillips --- $153,883
David Tran -------- $115,651
Barry Schwartz --- $87,615
David Vida -------- $66,945
Jim Custer --------- $51,573
Congratulations to Dan Heimiller for earning his second WSOP gold bracelet and collecting first place money in the 2014 WSOP's Event #17 Seniors Championship.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Event #14 filled with 810 entrants paying $3,000 for a seat and a stack of chips in the No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed tournament. A prize pool of $2,211,300 scheduled to be paid out to the top 216 finishers and one WSOP gold bracelet going to the winner.
Scheduled to run three days the event required an extra day when the final table and heads-up played into the early Sunday morning. The two heads-up players, Davidi Kitai and Gorden Vayo, finally ended the match after more than a hundred hands and numerous chip lead changesk Davidi Katai, Belgium's first WSOP bracelet winner, takes home his thiord WSOP gold bracelet and $508,640 in cash.
Gorden Vayo showed plenty of poker moxie and demonstrated he could come from behind and take over the chip lead; but, this just wasn't destined to be his day and he settled for second place and $314,535 in prize money.
The following lists the final table six player's order of finish and prize money each collected.
Davidi Kitai --------- $508,640
Gordon Vayo ------- $314,535
Anthony Ruberto --- $200,476
Mark Darner -------- $132,169
John Andress -------- $89,734
Zachary Korik ------ $62,690
Congratulations to Davidi Kitai for earning his third WSOP gold bracelet and collecting first place money in the 2014 WSOP's Event #14.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Todd Bui enjoyed a number of firsts in his life , all occurring within a few hours on Saturday at the WSOP being played at the Rio Las Vegas. The Sacramento, California player, now relocated to Los Angeles where poker rooms are much more numerous and he can also be closer to his poker mentor, well respected J.C.Tran.
When Bui took his seat at the final table of WSOP event #16, Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, he had the second shortest chip stack. Bui didn't see that as an impossible barrier but rather as a challenge to produce hands and stack chips. And that's exactly what he did. Most fans would never guess this was his first real poker tournament. Todd Bui survived a field of 348 players to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and he collected his first tournament money, $124,510, from the prize purse totaling $469,800.
Heads-up he faced a poker veteran that has played many tournaments and enjoyed much success, Captain Tom Franklin. Like we said, Todd Bui had a day of many firsts.