Ah, Doyle, Big Daddy of poker, I wanted to see you with that 11th bracelet around your wrist so badly. Brunson could've done it if he'd had more time. I understand that networking and advertising comes with the territory of being a poker legend, but Brunson isn't a promoter, he's a poker player. The extra contractual commitments to Doyle'sRoom.com made for long days after sitting at the tables. But don't think the grand master can't do it, after all he does have 10 bracelets under his belt, and he did put in the extended hours to make it to the final table in the H.O.R.S.E. event. So next time it just has to be about the poker, not the promoting, for Doyle to win it.
With only an 11th place finish in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event to speak of, Jennifer Harman hasn't had the best World Series of Poker this year. But she still makes up part of the meager 3% of brave women who have entered the Main Event. Despite the odds stacked against the ladies, Harman is a force to be reckoned with. She plays with the best and is considered one of the best across the gender board. If anyone should've done it, it's Jennifer. Natural selection comes down to Harman when deciding who will be the first woman to win the Main Event. She should've done it this year as a warning to all aspiring poker players out there to look out for the ladies. : jeff-madsen_2346:jpg:right#
I'm cutting this guy some slack because he had to deal with the anxiety of losing his virginity. If this hadn't been his very first World Series of Poker, he definitely would've won it. I'm talking about Jeff "Made" Madsen (he doesn't have a nickname yet, does he? So I gave him one). This year Madsen became the youngest player to win two bracelets at the same World Series. He also made it to four final tables alone, winning just under $1.5 million. And remember, this was his very first WSOP appearance. Something tells me we haven't seen the last of him (I sure hope not). Madsen can leave Las Vegas with his head held very, very high. And we can look forward to next year when the more experienced poker lover shows us his moves on the poker table, and the poker floor, and so on.
But the party isn't completely over. There's a chance that maybe we'll see the above eliminated players in the additional No-Limit Hold'em tournaments scheduled throughout the rest of the Main Event. And maybe they'll win another bracelet there. Still, it doesn't make the hurt go away. Besides, they might be too busy going over that last hand that finally knocked them out of the tournament debating what they should'a, would'a, could'a done differently.