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Bodog Poker players bring home the bacon
The summer of 2007 was a lucrative one for Bodog Poker players who headed to Las Vegas to try their hand at some of the biggest tournaments in the world. With cashes at the World Series of Poker, the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza, Bellagio Cup III and even Binion's Poker Classic, they walked away with nearly $2 million in cash.
Michael Graves brought in the largest single chunk of that money with just one cash in the World Series of Poker. Of course, that one cash was a bracelet win in one of the many $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em events that helped the Series set attendance records this year.
For his win, he received $742,121 and the one gold bracelet win brought home by Bodog Poker team members this year.
Several players came close to gold, making final tables at the World Series of Poker events as well. Justin Bonomo, better known as ZeeJustin online, had a fourth-place finish in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event as well as two other cashes at the WSOP.
Also coming close to a bracelet was Yuval Bronshtein who made it as far as third place in the $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event to take home $109,018. He added nearly $5,000 more to that with a cash in another event as well.There were a few ladies from Bodog Poker who helped add to the cash total from the World Series.
Maria Ho was the highest placing woman in the Main Event, coming in at 38th place for $237,865. She also had another cash in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event and made the final table of one of the Bellagio Cup III's Nightly No-Limit Hold'em events.
Kelly Jo McGlothlin was also one of the highest placing women at the WSOP Main Event. She cashed for $67,535 with her 95th-place finish.
Team Bodog's pros pulled in their fair share of cash this year as well.
Josh Arieh, one of the more well-known members of the team mostly for his reputation, managed a final table appearance in an event. He went out in ninth place for $11,658.
Evelyn Ng didn't play in the first couple weeks of the World Series as she was busy getting moved and settled into a new house. The $14,608 she earned for 25th place in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event should help pay for any updates she wants to do in the new digs.
David Williams was the most successful of the three pros. He managed four cashes at the WSOP for more than $70,000. His biggest success came at the Bellagio Cup III, though, where he won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $129,120.
Proving that maybe poker is in the genes, Williams' mother also managed two cashes at the World Series this year.
Shirley Williams placed 81st in the $1,000 Seniors event for $2,155, and then was one of the women who made it into the money of the Main Event, taking home $29,883 for her 465th-place finish.
The WSOP wasn't the only cash generator for some of Bodog Poker's players. Johnathan "UFPokerStar" Westra, Smith "nevertilt22" Collins and Jose "papadelpoker" De La Guardia all had cashes in either the Bellagio Cup III or the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza.
Westra registered a win and a second-place finish in events at the Bellagio Cup, earning more than $100,000 in two $1,500 buy-in events. He also cashed in a $500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Venetian for $932.
Collins managed a final-table appearance in one of the Bellagio Cup III's Nightly $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em events, tacking on $10,995 to his bankroll.
De La Guardia managed a final table both in a Bellagio and a Venetian event, though didn't quite make it for a win. His fifth-place finish in a $500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Venetian netted him $8,757, while his sixth-place finish in a $500 N-Limit Hold'em event at the Bellagio Cup got him $5,025.
There are still plenty of events and plenty of months left in the year for players to rake in even more cash. Bodog Poker pros and online players will get a chance at more tournament money this September at the World Series of Poker Europe taking place in London.