WSOP Updates: Pros can't get no satisfaction

Erick Lindgren
Gold bracelet? Not today, E-Dog.

Three World Series of Poker players augmented the contents of their jewelry boxes yesterday, as the legendary tournament gifted new gold bracelets to the relative unknowns.

Pros were abound at the final tables, though not one managed to eke out a win for the title.

For his part, 26-year-old Ryan Hughes outplayed 2004 world champ Greg Raymer at the $2,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event, also getting the best of record-setting WSOP casher Douglas "Rico" Carli.

First place paid the Phonex, Ariz., native $176,358.

A United Nations-esque final table at the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em championship saw the convergence of international passport-toting players. No one exemplified multiculturalism better, though, than event winner Francois Safieddine, a French-speaking Lebanese man who immigrated to Denver, Colo., and now owns a trio of popular nightclubs in the city.

To lock down the bracelet and $531,785, the 33-year-old had to knock out pros John Phan and Humberto Brenes, who went out in third at what was his third final table appearance of the 2007 Series.

Daniel Negreau wanted his first gold bracelet and Erick Lindgren wanted in on the WSOP bracelet action at the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, but both were summarily denied by 42-year-old Don Baruch.

The Tampa, Fla., businessman bested 899 other players in the event to win his first bracelet and $264,107.



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