The Dealer's Choice?
Robert Mizrachi, older brother of Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi, World Poker Tour Champion and two-time winner of the $50,000 Players Championship, captured the 2nd bracelet of his career by winning Event #41, the inaugural $1,500 Dealer's Choice.
Note: Robert Mizrachi won his 3rd bracelet the following year, 2015!
Bracelet for Brown
Poker star Chad Brown, one of the most likeable players on and off the felt, lost a three year battle with a rare form of cancer in early July 2014. He was 52. Brown, who was once married to Vanessa Rousso, won $3.6 million in live tournaments. This year, he was awarded an honorary bracelet by the World Series of Poker.
The Main Event Curse?
Joe Cada, the 2009 WSOP main event champion, ended a dubious curse for world champions by winning a bracelet in Event #32, the $10,000 6 Max. He became the first world champion since 2001, the year of Carlos Mortenson, to win a bracelet after taking down the big one. Cada pocketed a cool $670,041 for his efforts.
Joe Cada and Greg Merson belong to a very exclusive club. They are the only two players to win both the main event and the 10k 6-max.
Final Table Bubble Boy
51-year-old Luis Velador finished in 10th place in the 2014 WSOP main event, just one spot away from the November Nine. Velador, from Corona, California is a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and was the last remaining WSOP gold bracelet winner in the field. He went all-in with pocket fours preflop and was called by Mark Newhouse with pocket fives. Velador got no help from the community cards and became the BUBBLE BOY! Good news? He does collected tenth place prize money of $565,193.
The Milly Maker
The 2014 Millionaire Maker produced one of the largest fields in poker history with 7,997 runners. Wow. Jonathan Dimmig, proudly wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey, took it down and is now $1.3 million richer.
Fact: Dimmig turned his initial investment, a $1500 entry fee, into 867 future buy-ins of the same value. That's what you call a fantastic ROI.
Record Are Meant to be Broken!
Ronnie Bradah, a guest of this show, finished 475th, making WSOP history by cashing for a record 5th consecutive time in the main event. He previously finished in 24th in 2010, 453rd in 2011, 540th in 2012, and 124th in 2013. Well done sir!
Tweet from Kid Poker's Agent:
"Daniel @RealKidPoker Negreanu sold 13% of the $1m #Big1Drop entry fee ($130k) on Twitter. A $5,000 minimum investment returned $41,440.ere."
Bruno Politano became the first Brazilian ever to make the main event final table. He entered as the shortest stack and was able to move up one spot, finishing 8th for $972,142.
Playing with 2 Queen of Hearts?
Christopher Ruby tweeted this photo out the morning after he was busted from Event #37, the $1,500 PLO, at the 2014 WSOP. This is the hand that crippled him.
His tweet: Holy shit I busted the 1500 PLO last night set of aces vs set of QQ and took pic for proof. There was 2 Qh!!!!
The photo suggests his turned set of Aces was quaded out on the river when the Queen of Hearts hits. Only problem? The Queen of Hearts was also on the flop. Apparently, he snapped the photo out of disbelief and didn't take a look agan until morning, when he noticed the small detail. You think it's real?
2-to-1 you'll LOVE it!
Notably absent from the 2014 World Series of Poker was 1976 and 1977 Main Event champ Doyle Brunson. He reported on his twitter @TexDolly that he would not be playing because the hours are too long and takes too much energy. He also said he needed to stay home and take care of his wife who was feeling ill at the time.
Note:This was the first time since 2002 that no previous world champ cashed in the Main Event.
Main Event Pay-Outs
1. Martin Jacobson — $10,000,000
2. Felix Stephensen — $5,147,911
3. Jorryt Van Hoof - $3,807,753
4. WilliamTonking - $2,849,763
5. Billy Pappas - $2,143,794
6. Andoni Larrabe - $1,622,080
7. Dan Sindelar - $1,235,862
8. Bruno Politano - $947,077
9. Mark Newhouse - $730,725 *
The Highly Improbable
Mark Newhouse finished 9th in 2013 and 9th again in 2014. The odds of that happening have been calculated at 1 in 42 billion. In the two years, Newhouse outlasted more than 13,000 runners and pocketed $1.5 million.
This legend of the game beat Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win his 6th bracelet at the WSOP. Hellmuth, who was gunning for a record 14th bracelet, and Forrest exchanged the chip lead 12 times. Forrest, a future Hall-of-Famer, won this same event back in 1993, his first bracelet.
The proud owner of three World Series of Poker bracelets, Selbst is the #1 female player in the world. She is one of the best period. Selbst ties Barbara Enright for the bracelet lead among women, all of Selbst's coming in 'open' events.
Note: Selbst is the only player to win the same North American Poker Tour event twice.
The BIG ONE!
The second edition of the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop began on June 29. The tournament drew 42 entries, 6 fewer than the first edition in 2012, creating a prize pool of more than $37,000,000.
(Left) Your winner Dan Colman, who pocketed $15.3 million. Wow.
WSOP by the Numbers
The 2014 World Series of Poker main event featured 6,683 runners from 87 different nations.
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Boyd Bags Third Bracelet
Dutch Boyd, popular Twitch TV streamer, has won his third WSOP title, taking down Event #33, a $1,000 NLHE event, for close to $300,000.
(Left) Dutch Boyd talks about his infamous hand with Chris Moneymaker at the 2003 World Series of Poker main event. "He made the right call!"
2014 Bracelet Winners
Event #1: Roland Reparejo ($82,835) $500 buy-in Casino Employees Championship
Event #2: Vanessa Selbst ($871,148) $25,000 Mix Max
Event #3: Brandon Shack-Harris (205,634) $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Event #4: Kyle Cartwright ($360,435) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #5: Tuan Le ($335,324) $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #6: Alex Bolotin ($255,211) $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Event #7: Ted Forrest ($121,196) $1,500 Razz
Event #8: Jonathan Dimmig ($1,319,587) Millionaire Maker
Event #9: Jeff Smith ($323,125) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #10: Brock Parker ($443,407) $10,000 Limit Omaha Split 8 or Better
Event #11: Justin Bonomo ($449,980) $1,500 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em
Event #12: Gregory Kolo ($169,225) $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Event #13: Paul Volpe ($253,524) $10,000 2-7 Single Draw Lowball
Event #14: Nick Kost ($283,275) $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Low
Event #15: Davidi Kitai ($508,640) $3,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em
Event #16: Todd Bui ($124,510) $1,500 Limit 2-to-7 Draw
Event #17: Dan Heimiller ($627,462) $1,000 Seniors Championship
Event #18: George Danzer ($294,792) $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Event #19: Ted Gillis ($514,027) $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Event #20: Kory Kilpatrick ($254,891) $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Event #21: Dominik Nietsche ($335,659) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #22: Christopher Wallace ($507,614) $10,000 HORSE Championship
Event #23: Doug Polk (251,969) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Turbo
Event #24: Kevin Eyster ($622,998) $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed
Event #25: John Kabbaj ($267,327) $2,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi Low
Event #26: Andrew Rennhack ($408,993) $1,500 No Limit Holdem
Event #27: Tommy Hang ($230,744) $1,500 HORSE
Event #28: Alex Bilokur ($398,567) $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
Event #29: Pierre Milan ($536,768) $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
Event #30: Calvin Anderson ($190,538) $1,500 7-Card Stud Hi/Low 8 or Better
Event #31: Brent Shaffer ($418,435) $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Event #32: Joe Cada ($670,041) $10,000 6-Handed NLHE
Event #33: Dutch Boyd ($288,744) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #35: Eric Buchman ($118,785) $1,500 7-Card Stud
Event #36: Steven Wolansky ($89,483) $1,500 Deuce to 7 Lowbll
Event #37: Brandon Pastor ($264,400) $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Event #38: George Danzer ($352,696) $10,000 7-Card Stud Hi/Low Split 8 or Better
Event #39: Sean Dempsey ($548,460)
Event #40: Davide Soriano ($335,553) $10,000 Heads-Up Championship
Event #41: Robert Mizrachi ($197,042) $1,500 Dealer's Choice
Event #42: Michael Drummond ($541,747) $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed
Event #43: Dan kelly ($195,167) $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Event #44: Jordan Morgan ($478,102) $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Event #45: Will Givens ($306,634) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #46: John Hennigan ($1,517,767) $50,000 Players Championship
Event #47: Jesse McEuen ($212,093) $1,500 Ante Only
Event #48: Tyler Patterson ($270,992) $1,500 Omaha Pot Limit 8 or Better
Event #49: David Miscikowski ($719,707) $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #50: Phil Ivey ($167,332) $1,500 Eight Game Mix
Event #51: Hugo Pingray ($1,327,083) $1,500 Monster Stack
Event #52: David Olsen ($303,909) $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Event #53: Haixia Zhang ($153,470) Ladies Championship
Event #54: Florian Langmann ($297,650) $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Split 8 or Better
Event #55: Asi Moshe ($582,321) $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Event #56: Mike Kachan ($403,483) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Event #57: Daniel Coleman ($15,306,668) Big One for One Drop
Event #58: Jarred Jaffe ($405,428) $1,500 Mix Max
Event #59: Phillip Hui ($286,986) $3,000 Omaha Hi Low Split 8 or Better
Event #60: Salman Jaddi ($614,248) $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Event #61: Matt Grapenthein ($268,473) $10,000 7-Card Stud
Event #62: Igor Dubinskyy ($637,539) $1,111 Little One for One Drop
Event #63: Bryn Kenney ($153,220) $1,500 6-Handed 10-Game Mix
Event #64: Pat Walsh ($923,379) $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
Event #65: Martin Jacobsen, $10 million
2008: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $227,933
2012: $2,500 10-Game Six Handed $244,259
2014: $25,000 Mixed Max NLHE $871,148
'Kid Poker' Enshrined
“It’s an honor to be inducted alongside so many great players that have come before me. An even bigger honor to be recognized at age 40, the same age as the legend Chip Reese. Thank you to the living members of the Poker Hall of Fame and those on the Blue Ribbon Media Panel that voted for me.”
- Daniel Negreanu, after learning he'd be inducted into Poker's Hall of Fame, Class of 2014, alongside tournament director Jack Effel.
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Buying in for the BIG ONE!
Jean Robert Bellande proudly standing at the cage with his $1 million entry fee for Event #57, the Big One for One Drop. JRB was one of 42 players vying for the championship and the largest prize in sports history - more than $15 million.
'Kid Poker' Makes Bank
According to his agent Brian Balsbaugh, Daniel Negreanu had a vey large chunk of himself in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. While many of the pro's who ante'd up the $1 million buy-in had in the neighborhood of 10% of themselves, Negreanu apparently had 87%, only selling $130,000 worth of shares on twitter. He finished 2nd for $8.2 million.
How Swede It Is!
Martin Jacobsen becomes the first ever world champion from Sweden. The 27 year old played disciplined poker, coming from well back in the chip count when the final table began, to capture the 46th annual World Series of Poker marquis event and a staggering $10 million.
Note:Runner-up Felix Stephenson, dejected after the heads-up match, will certainly feel better when his $5.1 million cheque is desposited in his bank account.