New rims for Bentley? Williams takes Bellagio $5k

David Williams
What time does the shuttle get here...? I need to get back to the Rio.

So you bust out of your World Series of Poker event a little earlier than expected. And your schedule's not as packed with interviews, energy drink commercials and rap video shoots as Hellmuth's. How's a player like David Williams to kill some time? He hits the Bellagio Cup for the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event and pockets $130,000.

One of three "alternate" poker series in Vegas concurrent with the larger-than-life WSOP (the Binion's Poker Classic and the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza II the others), the Bellagio Cup III is now underway, with a series of $1,500 - $5,000 buy-in tournaments on the go every day until the $10,000 World Poker Tour No-Limit Hold'em Championship July 10.

And just four events in, it already has it's own fair share of pros hitting the felt between WSOP gigs at the Rio.

Shannon Shorr, Jared "WacoKidd" Hamby, Thomas Wahlroos, Roland De Wolfe, John Gale, David Dicken - all well-known pros who've hit the shuttle over to the Bellagio for a round or two at the tables.

But it's two Bodog players - online killer Johnathan "UFPokerStar" Westra and his slightly more famous Team Bodog rostermate David Williams - who have made the most of it, taking two of the first four events.

Westra kicked things off right for Team Bodog with a win in Event 1 on Monday, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, taking $65,275 and a $25,000 seat into next year's WPT Championship Event at the Bellagio for his troubles.

Williams, however, showed why he's still at the top of the Bodog pecking order, taking down Event 4 on Thursday - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - for $129,120, a bracelet and his own $25,000 buy-in to next year's WPT World Championship.

According to Bodog Beat, the $5k final table also included WPT and European Poker Tour Champ Roland De Wolfe, fellow WSOP bracelet-holder John Gale and Dicken, who Williams eventually outlasted heads-up for the win.

Immediately after the win, the Beat says, Williams booked it back to the Rio to try and buy in to the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E event, but the three-hour lapse from the start was a little too much and they wouldn't let him play.

Williams gives the real lowdown on the tournament - and a wicked side bet he had with Roland De Wolfe that got his buy-in paid for before he even started - in his video blog over at the always entertaining

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