Too Young to Win?
I think the biggest and perhaps best story thus far happened last night. Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Hachem win but I doubt it.
His Name is Chen. Bill Chen
Before Madsen won his second bracelet last night, William Chen was the odds on favorite to win player of the year honors. Chen is a master poker player and one of the best surprises of this year's WSOP. Chen showed his skill at both Limit and No-Limit poker by winning a bracelet in both. With two bracelets, you become pretty hard to ignore. It should be noted that Chen is also one of the most humble winners and is always seen talking it up with poker fans.
Hellmuth in Hell
Phil Hellmuth has come so close to winning his 10th bracelet it's not even funny. His first chance to win came against Jeff Cabinillas in Event 9 No-Limit Hold'em. He was heads-up against Cabinillas and the bracelet was right in front of him. Even Johnnie Chan and Doyle Brunson (and Shannon Elizabeth) came out to see him win. Unfortunately for Hellmuth it was not to be. Cabinillas beat him and took the bracelet for himself. Hellmuth's second chance was at Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better. Hellmuth didn't even come close this time and busted out sixth. A lot of people are starting to wonder if Hellmuth will ever get his 10th.
Got $50,000? Wanna play some H.O.R.S.E.?
The most talked about tournament this year has been the $50,000 Buy-In H.O.R.S.E. event. With the huge buy-in there were no amateurs and the Amazon Room was packed with famous faces. In the end it was a legendary final table. Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Chip Reese and more sat down to decide who would be the H.O.R.S.E. champion. Reese eventually won the bracelet and a spot in the history books. Many people are wondering if this event will be back next year, and right now, all signs point to yes.
Two events for the price of one
A very strange thing happened at the WSOP this year. In a very suprising turn of events, WSOP organizers added an extra event - Pot-Limit Omaha WITH Re-buys. This so called Event 300 was added to accommodate players who thought the original Pot-Limit Omaha without re-buys should have been a re-buy event. Initially organizers were just going to change the original event into a re-buy event but after a justified uproar from the players who couldn't afford to re-buy, organizers actually added an event. Still with me? Basically they added an extra event to appease players. That's just poor planning.
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