By: Pocket Bullets Paris
As this year’s World Series of Poker inches closer and closer towards the main event, Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, the excitement at the Rio Hotel and Casino continues to boil over with surprises, moments of huge elation as well as moments of major disappointments.
Here is the latest run down from our eyes and ears at the Rio’s poker tables.
Jacquelyn Scott, 66-years-old from Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, never looked back as she defeated a field of 795 that signed up for Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Ms Scott registered her first ever WSOP cash and took home not only the $153,856 first prize check but also her first gold bracelet.
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, with 387 eager players, was taken by Alexander Petersen, an “on-line” poker pro from Aarhus, Denmark. Petersen walked away with an extremely nice pay day of $927,655 and his first gold bracelet. This was also his first WSOP cash and his first-ever final table appearance.
Brandon Wittmeyer, who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, ran through a field of 1,123 to snatch Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em and take home a sweet $200,618 plus his first WSOP gold bracelet. This marked the first time that a WSOP event was officially designated with a name sponsor.
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by 34-year-old Kevin MacPhee from Coeur D Alene, Idaho, a professional poker player with 26 WSOP cashes and three final table appearances, who finally walked away with all the marbles. A pay day of $490,800 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Congratulations, Mr. MacPhee.
Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by 36-year-old Takahiro Nakai from Osaka, Japan when he not only survived but stayed on top of a huge field of 2,497 players. Nakai walked away with more than a giant smile; he also pocketed a fat check for $399,039 and wrapped his first gold bracelet around his wrist.
Jonathan Duhamel, the winner of the WSOP Main Event Championship in 2010, takes Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP. He not only takes home the HUGE pay-out of $3,989,985 for first place, but also his second career WSOP gold bracelet. Duhamel stated, “as a former spokesman for One Drop, winning this event was very dear to me, this is like a double win.”
Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is officially taken by Alex Lindop, from Stoke-on-Trent, U.K., earning $531,037, and his first WSOP gold bracelet after besting a total of 2,155 players and making him the second Britt to take home a bracelet this summer.
Lawyer turned Poker-Pro Anthony Zinno from Boston, MA, walks away with Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha. At 33 years-old, Zinno could not be a happier man than he was on July 1, 2015. After playing for eight long years, cashing 12 times at the WSOP and making five final tables, he finally wrapped his fingers around his first WSOP gold bracelet . . . and to top that off, he took home one of the summer’s largest cash prizes in the amount of $1,122,196.
I will be at the Rio starting on July 11th to hang out at the Main Event and see who ends up at this year’s final table to be part of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker “November Nine.” Hope to see y’all there.
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