Posts Tagged ‘Dan Kelly’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013
Another six World Series of Poker bracelets were awarded this weekend as the action really starts to heat up!
McNeil Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better
Calen McNeil outlasted a tough final table, which took an extra day to be decided, to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
All eyes were on Todd Brunson, John Monnette and Stephen Chidwick when the final table began but it was McNeill who survived the onslaught to win the first place prize of $277,274.
The victory was easily McNeill’s biggest score of his poker career but was looking for an even bigger payday when he jumped right into the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
Martin Finger Wins Shorthanded Event
The shorthanded events at the 2013 World Series of Poker have proven extremely popular and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) was no exception with Martin Finger outlasting an incredible field of 806 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.
Finger was the table captain for the majority of the final table and thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $506,764.
A number of notable players made deep runs in this event with Dan Kelly recording his sixth cash of the WSOP so far in tenth; poker legend Erik Seidel finishing ninth; Nick Schulman eighth and David Pham fourth.
Josh Pollock Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Josh Pollock cruelled the WSOP bracelet hopes of Noah Schwartz by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Schwartz is regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world and looked on track to win his maiden World Series of Poker success when he took a three to one chip lead into his heads-up battle with Pollock.
However, Pollock rode out his luck and after several close scares won his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $279,431 while a clearly disappointed Schwartz was sent back to the drawing board.
Corey Harrison Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Corey Harrison outlasted a big field of 1730 other players to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The college professor took home his first WSOP bracelet as well as the first place prize of $432,411 in what was only his second ever WSOP cash.
Despite the life-changing cash prize the dedicated teacher said he loves his job and will not be pursuing a career as a professional poker player.
Fuhs Defeats Talented Field to win $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Danny Fuhs survived a titanic heads-up battle with Christopher George to win the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The tournament drew one of the most talented fields of the 2013 WSOP thus far with four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow; 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel; 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and consistent tournament performer Robert Mizrachi all finishing in the money as did Dan Kelly – his seventh cash of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The heads-up battle was one for the ages with Fuhs and George trading the chip lead on several occasions before Fuhs was able to land the killer blow and claim the first place prize of $277,519.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues with a star-studded field doing battle in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Benny Chan Wins ‘Millionaire Maker’
Canadian restaurant manager Benny Chen defeated one of the largest fields in World Series of Poker history to win the ‘Millionaire Maker’ No Limit Hold’em Event.
Chen outlasted the incredible field of 6343 players to win the life-changing amount of $1,199,104 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
The ‘Millionaire Maker’ was expected to be big but even WSOP officials were surprised at the response the tournament received.
The tournament not only broke the record for the largest single day starting field in tournament poker history but featured the largest poker tournament field ever outside the WSOP Main Event.
While it was Chan who emerged victorious all eyes at the final table were on Dan Kelly who was aiming to win his second WSOP bracelet.
Although Kelly finished in fourth place, he is in ominous form having finished sixth in the $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament earlier in the week.
Waxman Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Matt Waxman defeated leading poker pro Eric Baldwin to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, in what is sure to be one of the most epic heads-up battles of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Waxman required 187 hands and seven hours to see off Baldwin and claim the first place prize of $305,952 as well as his first ever WSOP bracelet.
It was an impressive effort from Waxman who was the dominant figure on a final table that included Jason Koon, former bracelet winner Brent Hanks and Amit Makhija as well as a number of talented amateurs.
The victory ended a number of years of heartbreak for Waxman who had previously played at three World Series of Poker final tables but fell just short of winning a WSOP bracelet.
Waxman has now recorded over $2.5 million in tournament earnings and is, without a doubt, one of the most consistent players on the tournament circuit.
Michael Malm Claims $2,500 Eight-Game Mix Victory
Mix games are becoming increasingly popular on the professional tournament circuit and that was clearly evident during the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, which drew the most star-studded field of the 2013 World Series of Poker thus far.
Part-time poker player and newspaper salesman Michael Malm was able to outlast them all despite not even planning on taking part in the tournament!
Malm planned to register for one of the Daily DeepStack tournaments run during the WSOP but missed the registration and instead entered the Eight-Game mix event.
It proved a very wise decision as he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet as well as the first place prize of $225,104 after defeating a final table that included bracelet winners Greg Mueller, Dario Alioto and Mike Wattel.
Malm said he was happy simply to cash in the tournament after narrowly missing the money in the first four bracelet events that he contested during the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The World Series of Poker continues today with another stacked final table battling for a bracelet in the $3000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Mike Gorodinsky produced a strong three-day performance to win the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The first non-Hold’em event of the 2013 World Series of Poker drew a strong field of 374 players but it was Gorodinsky who outlasted them all to win the $216,988 first place prize and a WSOP bracelet.
It was an impressive performance from Gorodinsky who was one of the chip leaders during all three days of the tournament but had to overcome a number of tricky situations during the final table.
Gorodinsky went into the heads-up battle narrowly trailing Kristopher Tong but after only a few hands was at a major disadvantage.
Despite playing with a small stack Gorodinsky felt as though he was always in control of the heads-up battle.
“I had a pretty good read on how my opponent was playing, so I just needed some momentum to swing my way,” Gorodinsky said in a post tournament interview
Gorodinsky has a strong record in mixed games at major poker championships but doesn’t necessarily believe they are his strongest games.
He was victorious in the $5,000 8 Game Championship during both the 2010 and 2012 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure and cashed in the $2,500 10 Game Six Handed event during the 2012 World Series of Poker.
“I do play a lot of mixed games, I’m not going to say these are my best games, but I play them well enough,” Gorodinsky said.
A number of World Series of Poker bracelet winners made deep runs in the tournament but fell just short of qualifying for the final table.
2012 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. winner David Baker finished in nineteenth while three-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow finished in fourteenth.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu continued his incredible string of strong tournament results with a twelfth place finish that increased his lead in the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker with only forty-three players, including Dan Kelly, in the hunt for the inaugural “Millionaire Maker” title.