by Joseph Smith Sr.
Gregory Kolo needed only six hands during the heads-up play with second place finisher Kazu Oshima before he owned all the chips and had staked a claim on the WSOP gold bracelet. When Oshima's spade flush and straight draw didn't materialize on the river he tried to run a bluff that didn't fool Kolo sitting with two pair.
Kolo collected $169,225 from the $751,950 prize pool after outlasting the other 556 players. Gregory Kolo calls Rock River, Ohio as his hometown.
The following list the final table nine order of finish and money collected.
Gregory Kolo ------- $169,225
Kazu Oshima -------- $104,513
Dean Bui ------------- $74,134
David Martirosyan – $53,328
Tom McCormick ---- $38,898
Daniel Goldman ----- $28,769
Ahmed Amin --------- $21,565
Ryan Schoonbaert --- $16,384
Phil Collins ----------- $12,610
Congratulations to Gregory Kolo for his first WSOP bracelet and event #12 win.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Justin Bonomo collected almost half a million dollars and his first WSOP bracelet that certainly helps him forget that 2nd place finish in the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship event a few days ago.
Bonomo begin heads-up play with second place finisher, Mike Sowers, looking at a 4-1 chip disadvantage, but after one level of play Bonomo had pulled even with Sowers. Using the momentum swing to his advantage, Justin Bonomo never looked back and within the hour he had all the chips and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
The $1,500 buy-in event attracted 1,587 players and offered a prize pool of $2,142,450. Justin Bonomo returns home to Glendale, Colorado with $449,980 for his winning finish. Mike Sowers of Charlotte, North Carolina takes away $278,518 as first runner-up.
The following lists the final table six players order of finish and money won.
Justin Bonomo ------ $449,980
Mike Sowers -------- $278,518
Daniel Strelitz ------ $180,587
Lance Harris -------- $119,977
Niel Mittelman ----- $80,341
Taylor Paur ---------- $55,703
Congratulations to Justin Bonomo for his win and his first WSOP bracelet.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Brock Parker walks away with the $443,407 in cash and another gold WSOP bracelet for his winning finish in the WSOP Event #10 $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship. Parker has already won two WSOP bracelets, both from Hold'em events, but, this is his first from an event other than Hold'em.
He has made ten final tables in his ten years of playing in the World Series of Poker and made the final table of a $4,500 Razz event earlier this year's WSOP. Adding this championship and the prior final table places Brock Parker in t5he lead for the WSOP Player of the Year.
This second of thirteen scheduled $10,000 championship events attracted a blue ribbon list of poker players among the 178 entrants. A prize pool of $1,673,200 was paid out to the top 18 finishers. Among the notables were Eli Elezra, Perry Friedman and Jeff Lisandro.
Second Place finisher, Richard Asby, and Brock Parker fought a toe-to-toe slug fest to the delight of the fans with neither of the opponents giving an inch. Finally, Parker held all the chips and the championship. Included in the final table nine were two women, Melissa Burr and Shirley Rosario, whose presents made for a rare occurrence at a WSOP final table.
The following list the final table players and their order of finish and money received:
Brock Parker --------- $443,407
Richard Ashby ------- $274,019
OfirMor --------------- $198,058
Shirley Rosario ------- $146,522
Jason McPherson ----- $84,195
Steve Lustig ----------- $65.472
Melissa Burr ----------- $51,768
Dan Kelly -------------- $41,595
Congratulations to Brock Parker for his championship win and third WSOP bracelet.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Jeffrey Smith won his first World Series of Poker bracelet when his trip nines topped Danny Nguyen's failed heart draw. Smith won $323,125, more than enough to buy a lifetime supply of gold polish. Nguyen hauled away $199,829 for second place.
The Encinitas, California poker player's best WSOP finish prior to this win was in the 2013 Millionairer Maker event when he left in 605th place and collected $2,704. Smith and Nguyen played heads-up for three hours while alternating the chip lead before Smith finally put together the set to win it all.
The $1,000 buy-in event offered a $1,746,000 prize pool to the 1,940 entrants. The following list the final table nine's order of finish and cash awarded:
Jeffrey Smith -------- $323,125
Nghiahiep Nguyen -- $199,829
Frank Patti ----------- $138.160
John Fontana -------- $99,644
Chris Haugo --------- $72,843
Chris Hunichen ------ $53,951
Brad Libson ---------- $40,489
David Inselberg ------ $30,781
Jorge Vergara --------- $23,693
Congratulations to Jeffrey Smith for his win and new WSOP gold bracelet.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
The World Series of Poker event #8 is a $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold'em affair that guarantees the winner will collect a minimum of one million dollars hence the added moniker Millionaire Maker. The 2014 version of this event drew 7,977 entries to become the second largest field ever at a WSOP event. The largest was the 2006 Main Event that seated 8,773 players.
The eventual winner, Jonathan Dimmig collected not only his million dollars but an aditional $319,587 as a result of the very large field and prize pool totaling $10,768,950. Dimmig hails from Buffalo, New York where he enjoys playing hockey and working on a novel project. His best prior cash was a $11,000 oayday in a WSOP Circuit event. He has never cashed in a WSOP event here in Las Vegas although he has played the Main Event the last three years. Jonathan Dimmig not only became a millionaire but he also collected his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The final table required almost twelve hours to produce a winner. All of the players at the table collected six figure money. Dimmig's win was also the 2014 WSOP's first seven figure payout. Among the huge field was some well known players including Andy Bloch, Layne Flack, Mike Sexton and Humberto Brenes. The event paid out to the top 819 finishers.
Following is a list of the final table players order of finish and prize money awarded:
Jonathan Dimmig --- $1,319,587
Jeff Coburn ---------- $815,963
James Duke ---------- $614,368
Andrew Teng -------- $465,972
Bradley Anderson --- $355,913
Stephen Graner ------ $273,854
Jason Johnson -------- $211,394
Andrew Dick --------- $164,118
Maurice Hawkins ---- $128,150
Congratulatios to Poker's latest millionaire, Jonathan Dimmig.
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by Joseph Smith Sr.
2014 WSOP satellites are not your daddy's tournaments. For many first time poker players at the World Series of Poker this will be the largest tournament field they have ever faced. Not just hundreds, but thousands of entrants vying for a cheap seat and an opportunity to make poker history with a coveted WSOP champion's gold bracelet.
Play in one of the WSOP satellites at the Rio beginning May 27, 2014 and running continuously through July 7, 2014. With a little luck, a dash of skill and a magic river card you may find yourself sitting in a multi-thousand dollar buy-in seat in a poker tournament offering life changing money for those that collect some of the prize pool.
We're talking serious money here and the creation of many new poker millionaires. If you got the game then join the quest for the bracelet in one of the hundreds of satellites offered at the 2014 WSOP.
Whatever your preference or play budget you can find a satellite that suits your needs. Single-table satellites, mega-satellites, turbo-mega satellites and more are on the WSOP satellite menu. The types, times and condition are far too numerous for the limitations of this articles so I am providing a link to the official 2014 WSOP Satellite Info page.
Click here to begin your journey to poker immortality.
Did you know that 1983 Main Event champion Tom McEvoy was the first Main Event winner to earn his $10,000 buy-in from a satellite tournament win?
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Tuan Le tops field to win World Series of Poker event #5, $10,000 buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) World Championship. A field of 120 players paid $10,000 for a seat in the first 2014 World Series of Poker Championship event. After the final cards were dealt there was one, Tuan Le, with bragging rights of being the world's best 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball player.
Tuan Le is a profesional poker player from Los Angeles and his style of ultra aggressive play lends itself well to the characteristics of triple draw lowball. He used this advantage and a little luck to best the field of 120 mostly experienced, professional players and collect first place money amounting to $355,324. Le also received a gold WSOP champion's bracelet after his 9–6 ousted second place finisher, Justin Bonomo, holding 9-8. Third place finisher Eli Elerra won a WSOP bracelet in the 2013 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event.
The following lists the final table order of finish and money won from the $1,128,000 purse:
Tuan Le --------- $355,324
Justin Bonomo - $219,565
Eli Elerzra ------ $144,056
Nick Schulman - $99,015
George Danzer – $70,308
Phil Galford ----- $51,538
Congratulations to 2014 World Champion Poker Player, Tuan Le.
|Ted Forrest||1993||6||$1,500 Razz|
|Ted Forrest||1993||6||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Ted Forrest||1993||6||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Ted Forrest||2004||6||$1,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Ted Forrest||2004||6||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Ted Forrest||2014||6||$1,500 Razz|
|Chris Ferguson||2000||5||$2,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Chris Ferguson||2000||5||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Chris Ferguson||2001||5||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Chris Ferguson||2003||5||$2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Chris Ferguson||2003||5||$2,000 LH / Seven Stud|
|David Chiu||1996||5||$2,000 Limit Hold'em|
|David Chiu||1998||5||$3,000 Limit Hold'em|
|David Chiu||2000||5||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|David Chiu||2005||5||$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|David Chiu||2013||5||$2,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Gary Berland||1977||5||$500 Seven Card Razz|
|Gary Berland||1978||5||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|Gary Berland||1978||5||$500 Seven Card Stud|
|Gary Berland||1979||5||$500 Seven Card Stud|
|Gary Berland||1979||5||$1,000 Seven Card Stud Split|
|Scotty Nguyen||1997||5||$2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Scotty Nguyen||1998||5||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Scotty Nguyen||2001||5||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Scotty Nguyen||2001||5||$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Scotty Nguyen||2008||5||$50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.|
|Stu Ungar||1980||5||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Stu Ungar||1981||5||$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Stu Ungar||1981||5||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Stu Ungar||1983||5||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Stu Ungar||1997||5||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Amarillo Slim Preston||1972||4||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Amarillo Slim Preston||1974||4||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Amarillo Slim Preston||1985||4||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Amarillo Slim Preston||1990||4||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Puggy Pearson||1971||4||$1,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud|
|Puggy Pearson||1973||4||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em|
|Puggy Pearson||1973||4||$4,000 Seven-Card Stud|
|Puggy Pearson||1973||4||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Artie Cobb||1983||4||$1,000 Seven Card Stud Split|
|Artie Cobb||1987||4||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Artie Cobb||1991||4||$1,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Artie Cobb||1998||4||$2,500 Seven Card Stud|
|Bill Boyd||1971||4||$1,000 Limit Five-Card Stud|
|Bill Boyd||1972||4||$10,000 Limit Five-Card Stud|
|Bill Boyd||1973||4||Five Card Stud|
|Bill Boyd||1974||4||$5,000 Five Card Stud|
|Bobby Baldwin||1977||4||$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Bobby Baldwin||1977||4||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|Bobby Baldwin||1978||4||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Bobby Baldwin||1979||4||$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Daniel Alaei||2006||4||$5,000 No-Limit 2–7 Draw Lowball w/rebuys|
|Daniel Alaei||2009||4||$10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi-Low|
|Daniel Alaei||2010||4||$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship|
|Daniel Alaei||2013||4||$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Daniel Negreanu||1998||4||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Daniel Negreanu||2003||4||$2,000 S.H.O.E.|
|Daniel Negreanu||2004||4||$2,000 Limit Hold' Em|
|Daniel Negreanu||2008||4||$2,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Huck Seed||1994||4||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Huck Seed||1996||4||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Huck Seed||2000||4||$1,500 Razz|
|Huck Seed||2003||4||$5,000 Seven-Card Razz|
|John Juanda||2002||4||$1,500 Triple Draw Ace to Five|
|John Juanda||2003||4||$2,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|John Juanda||2003||4||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|John Juanda||2011||4||$10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship|
|Lakewood Louie||1978||4||$5,000 Draw High|
|Lakewood Louie||1979||4||$1,000 Ace to Five Draw|
|Lakewood Louie||1979||4||$2,000 Draw High|
|Lakewood Louie||1980||4||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|Mickey Appleman||1980||4||$1,000 Seven Card Stud Split|
|Mickey Appleman||1992||4||$5,000 NL Deuce to Seven|
|Mickey Appleman||1995||4||$5,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Mickey Appleman||2003||4||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Mike Hart||1984||4||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|Mike Hart||1990||4||$1,500 Limit Hold'em|
|Mike Hart||1991||4||$1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split|
|Mike Hart||1994||4||$1,500 Razz|
|Mike Matusow||1999||4||$3,500 No Limit Hold'em|
|Mike Matusow||2002||4||$5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Mike Matusow||2008||4||$5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/rebuys|
|Mike Matusow||2013||4||$5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low|
|Tom McEvoy||1983||4||$1,000 Limit Hold'em|
|Tom McEvoy||1983||4||NLH MAIN EVENT|
|Tom McEvoy||1986||4||$1,000 Seven Card Razz|
|Tom McEvoy||1992||4||$1,500 Limit Omaha|
|Tom Schneider||2007||4||$2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo|
|Tom Schneider||2007||4||$1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better|
|Tom Schneider||2013||4||$1,500 H.O.R.S.E.|
|Tom Schneider||2013||4||$5,000 H.O.R.S.E.|
|Barbara Enright||1986||3||$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud|
|Barbara Enright||1994||3||$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud|
|Barbara Enright||1996||3||$2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em|
|Barry Greenstein||2004||3||$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw|
|Barry Greenstein||2005||3||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Barry Greenstein||2008||3||$1,500 Razz|
|Chau Giang||1993||3||$1,500 Ace to Five Draw|
|Chau Giang||1998||3||$2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split|
|Chau Giang||2004||3||$2,000 Pot Limit Omaha|
|David "Chip" Reese||1978||3||$1,000 Seven Card Stud Split|
|David "Chip" Reese||1982||3||$5,000 Seven Card Stud|
|David "Chip" Reese||2006||3||$50,000 H.O.R.S.E.|
Next time see the standings of "Sailor" Roberts, David Sklansky, Antonio Esfandiari, and more
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Ted Forrest wins his sixth WSOP gold bracelet. Phil Hellmuth denied 14th WSOP gold bracelet. After playing heads-up for hours this was the final headlines from the final table of WSOP Event #7. The two poker stars traded the chip lead a dozen times before Forrest finally moved Hellmuth's chip into his stack.
This win represented Ted Forrest's first win since 2004. His last bracelet came at the downtown Horseshoe a decade ago and the last year before the WSOP moved to the Rio. Forrest was quick to point out that this was his most difficult win in his career. Facing Phil Hellmuth heads-up for more than four hours would probably be most players' worst nightmare.
This was Hellmuth's 49th final WSOP table, a record. This was Hellmuth's 10th runner-up finish. He already holds 13 WSOP bracelets, a record.
Considering the level of talent, a casual fan would have believed this to be a much bigger buy-in event. The $1,500 buy-in Razz contest attracted 352 entrants and offered a prize pool totaling $475,300. The top 40 finishers shared in the purse. Ted Forrest walked away with $121,196 and the bracelet.
Included in the mix was former Main Event champions Phil Hellmuth, Berry Johnson and Huck Seed all of whom cashed. David Bach, winner of the 2009 $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. And last year's runner up in the Razz event, finished in 4th place.
The following list the final table eight with their order of finish and money collected:
Ted Forrest ------ $121,196
Phil Hellmuth --- $74,848
Greg Pappas ----- $48,275
David Bach ------ $34,979
Brock Parker ---- $25,717
Brabdon Cantu – $19,183
Yuebin Guo ----- $ 14,517
Kevin Iacofano - $11,143
Congratulations to Ted Forrest for his 6th bracelet and Razz bragging rights.