June 2014 Blog Posts (38)

A Star-studded WSOP One Drop & Side-lined Blogger

I come to the spectacle that is One Drop more excited than I have been to cover a single poker event in a long while. I imagine that, as it is Day One, I’ll be able to hang out at the tables, capturing the banter and action and creating a compelling narrative of this historic event.  The reality is far from expectation––despite the fact that I’ve been covering final tables in depth for the past two weeks, the big guns are now in town and they have paid cold, hard cash for…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Phil Ivey Wins Historic 10th WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 Eight Game Mix

The $1,500 Eight Game Mix features the unflappable Phil Ivey as chip leader in a tournament that he really needs to win––not only for the glory of his 10th bracelet––but for a prop bet that reportedly well exceeds the $167,332 first place prize. He and Daniel Negreanu took all comers in a wager that one of them would achieve a victory during the course of the 2014 WSOP’s 65 bracelet events. Estimates place the prop bet totals at anywhere from the…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Las Vegas Mixed-game Master John Hennigan Wins Poker Players Championship

The prestigious $25,000 Poker Players Championship––hell to cover, due to the various games played, from 2-7 triple draw to razz––has been won by none other than Las Vegas grinder John Hennigan. He beat out a field of 102 of poker’s greatest minds, ultimately prevailing against Brandon Shack-Harris heads up. I last covered Hennigan a couple weeks ago in the $1,500 WSOP Event #19 NLHE tournament, when he was …


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 27, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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Added by SteveArtist on June 26, 2014 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Will 'imahustla1' Givens Achieves WSOP Redemption With Victory Over Angela Prada-Moed

One thing I have learned these two weeks covering the WSOP––you can never tell which matches will be the most memorable. A $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament that began on the weekend with 1,841 runners, WSOP Event #45 provides unexpected drama in…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

To Have and Have Not: Grinding the $185 WSOP Deepstack, Dreaming of Monster Stacks, & Railing the Stars

Today offers a relative lull in the action, with only a $1,500 NLHE event filled with lesser known players moving to final table action. Actually, these are often my favorite events, with players vying for glory in its purest sense––for the chance to become part of WSOP lore and earn some serious cash. I was seriously rooting for unknown Darius Studdard, who does not Twitter, to take home the PLO Six-handed bracelet yesterday. 

For me it is a…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 24, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Michael Drummond Victorious in $5,000 Six-handed PLO Against Darius Studdard

For Unabomber fans, the WSOP $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed tournament finishes in anticlimactic fashion––the always exciting-to-watch Phil Laak goes out in sixth, leaving five relatively tight players to duke it out. Surprisingly, action continues apace, with the short stacked Kory Kilpatrick driving most of the creative post flop play. 



Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 23, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Phil Laak Hits the PLO Skids, Out in 6th vs. "Family Man" Darius Studdard

The $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed tournament starts with 12 remaining out of 452 runners, with more than half a million going to first place. Among the veteran pros in the tournament are David Baker, Sorel Mizzi, Phil Laak, and Richard Ashby. A dark horse at the table is former chess prodigy, neuroscientist, and artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis, who pioneered the "theoretical…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 23, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Davide Suriano Crushes Dan Colman and Sam Stein, on way to $10,000 WSOP Heads-Up Championship Victory

I get to the Rio, excited to see the 136-runner $10,000 WSOP Heads-Up Championshipwhich features the likes of Max Silver, Erik Seidel, and Daniel Negreanu (still in search of his elusive WSOP prop bet win) in the final 16. Unfortunately, all three…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 21, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Chris Ruby Out of $1,500 PLO Event on a Board With Two Queens of Hearts

Ok, I’ve been avoiding controversy-related commentary for some time. I haven’t commented on the Mike Matusow and Brandon Cantu table antics (and hotly debated floor decisions) because I wasn’t there and if I am going to report on such shenanigans, I want to see them with my own eyes. 

It is however incontrovertible that two queens of hearts came out on a hand in the $1,500 PLO tournament, nearly costing Chris Ruby his tournament…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 20, 2014 at 5:04pm — No Comments

"Puppet Master" Brian Yoon Dominates WSOP Eight-handed, Takes Home $633,341

With the Dan Smith vs. Mustapha Kanit matchup dominating the early final table action, ultimately the tournament comes under the control of Southern California poker pro Brian Yoon, who conceals a varied and complex game behind an ultra-mild demeanor. Yoon first broke through on the live poker scene in 2011, cashing for $130,000 with a 58th place finish in the WSOP Main Event. Last year he…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 19, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Dan Smith and Mustapha Kanit on a Wild Final Table Ride

Attracting a very respectable 550 runners, Event #35: No-Limit Hold'em Eight Handed is down to its final two tables, with 15 players left. Winner of the 2013 $1,111 buy-in Little One for One Drop event Brian Yoon has a dominating chip stack of 2.2 million, nearly double that of his nearest contender, Timo Pfutzenreuter. …


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 19, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Joe Cada Becomes First Main Event Champ Since 2001 to Take Home a WSOP Bracelet

Down to seven worthy $10,000 Six Handed NLHE bracelet contenders, WSOP action moved to the ESPN stage, with Max Silver in the lead with 2.3 million, followed by Jeremy Ausmus with nearly 1.8 million. Erick Lindgren sat on 1.5 million and Joe Cada had 900,000. Small stacks included Dario Sammartino and JC Tran at around 600,000. The Swede Martin Jacobson was in critical condition with 178,000, or less than 10 big…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 18, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

JC Tran Gives Max Silver a New Nickname “The Machine” as $10,000 Six Handed NLHE Moves Toward Final Table

As might be expected at a $10,000 Six Handed NLHE event attracting 264 runners, we have a star-studded final 13 that features UK high stakes crusher Max Silver comfortably in first with 1.3 million. Hiren “Sunny” Patel is in second with 1 million, while 2009 WSOP Main Event Winner Joe Cada sits on a healthy 800,000. In the middle of the pack are former November Niners JC Tran and Jeremy Ausmus, as well as two-time bracelet winner Erick Lindgren.…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 17, 2014 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Talking With Sam Trickett and Plugging the Ironman Tournament Concept

On my way cover the final two $10,000 Six Handed NLHE tables at the Rio this afternoon, I happen upon former soccer pro and One Drop second-place finisher Sam Trickett, who is finishing up an interview with the Global Poker Index. He recounts the story of a sick pot in the high stakes Macao games he sometimes plays in––a leveling war in which a pro bet roughly $10 million into a $10 million pot on a paired board, in which a potential straight and flush were also on the board. The…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 16, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Despite Fuzzy Math, Alex Bilokur Scoops $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Event

I’m taking the weekend easy, watching the live stream by the swimming pool at my Las Vegas “homtel” across from the Hard Rock. Honestly, as big as the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event is in the WSOP firmament, I do not see a real need to be at the Rio for a major WSOP.com streamed table. Standing up near the table on the ESPN stage is uncomfortable, plain and simple, what with the television cameras, officials, snarky photographers, and whatnot. Those bold enough to stand next to…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 15, 2014 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Andrew Rennhack Takes Down Michael Katz Heads up in $1,500 NLHE Ultimate Leveling War

Featuring an itchy group of players in their mid-20s, the WSOP $1,500 Event #26: No-Limit Hold'em event final table began with tournament wizard Dan Smith being felted in ninth place, when his A-K failed to hold up against pocket nines. Even with six players left, no one would have suspected that the emerging story would center around dark horse Tony Gargano. A Bellagio high stakes reg frequently seen on the 10-20 tables, Gargano had a minuscule stack of 215,000 when he shoved A-9 against…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 14, 2014 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Kevin"1SickDisease" Eyster Gains New Nickname “Six-Max Kev” In Besting Pierre Neuville; Dan Smith Out in Ninth in NLHE

Today witnessed the continuation of a heads-up bracelet battle between Kevin "1SickDisease" Eyster and 71-year-old Belgian Pierre Neuville in the $5,000 Event #24: No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed. Speaking with the Pokernews crew prior to matchup, with $622,998 on the line, Eyster admitted that he had been fortunate to make it through a final table lineup that included heavyweights Andrew Lichtenberger and Bryn Kenney. He noted that they were good friends and “two of the best in the…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 13, 2014 at 8:37pm — No Comments

An Action-packed NLHE Six Handed Final Table With “luckychewy” Lichtenberger, Kevin Eyester, and the Free Wheelin’ Pierre Neuville

With players vying for a $622,998 first prize, the unofficial final table of WSOP Event #24: No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed began with a sick field that included well known online players Bryn Kenney, Andrew Lichtenberger (lucky chewy), Mustapha Kanit (lasagnammm) and Kevin Eyster (1SickDisease). Also at the table was Southern California grinder Jeremy Kottler, Poker Edge author David Borrat, and…


Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 13, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments

How the Mighty Have Fallen –– Matt Jarvis & Fabrice Touil Out in NLHE Six Handed, as Unofficial Final Table Starts

With 10 players left, working down to the final seven and the ESPN stage, once proud chip leaders Matt Jarvis and Fabrice Touil were among those felted. Bryn Kenney used his table image to jump past Jarvis into a chip lead position. Fifteen minutes before their momentum shifting hand, Kenney had shown a river bluff against Borrat. Now, he min-raised 38,000 into a 9-9-2 board and was called by Jarvis. He continued for 98,000 on the turn 4 and was called again. When a six peeled out on…

Added by Damon Shulenberger on June 12, 2014 at 8:47pm — No Comments

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