The Unabomber? Wild? Crazy? Nuts? Insane? Call him what you will, but 1 thing is undeniable – Phil Laak is quite the character. Known more for his table talk, antics, prop bets, and friendship with Antonio Esfandiari, than his poker play, Laak had been atop an infamous list of “professional poker players without a World Series of Poker bracelet” – until now.
The world’s top poker players have converged upon the Empire Casino in London’s Leicester Square to try and claim some coveted hardware, with 5 World Series of Poker bracelet events to be played out there over the next 2 weeks.
Okay – admittedly, it’s a bit surreal to be writing a poker blog entry about something that happened to me, as I mostly cover news in the poker world. But what happened to me last night simply begs for some sort of a headline.
It has been described as the “Cadillac of Poker” by the godfather of the game, Doyle Brunson. No-limit Texas hold’em is the main game played at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) as well as in World Poker Tour (WPT) events.
In a deal valued a just shy of $2 billion, 2 online gaming giants, PartyGaming and bwin, have announced a merger that will create the world’s largest publicly traded online gambling company.
Proponents of legalizing online poker were finally able to celebrate a minor, but important, victory – the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would license and regulate online gambling in the United States
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has already made a run for the ages. Earlier in this year’s World Series, Grinder took down the prestigious $50,000 Players Championship, winning his 1st World Series of Poker gold bracelet, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, and over $1.5 million in the process
Since Cardplayerlifestyle.com last reported on the Main Event, poker play has continued unabated and the starting field over 7,300+ had been whittled down to 748, when the money bubble finally burst.
This year’s bubble boy is Tim McDonald. Losing with pocket queens to a flopped full house on a board of A-A-2, McDonald’s consolation prize for being eliminated is a free seat at next year’s World Series of Poker Main Event (still a good bit less than the $19,000+ guaranteed to every player in the money).
Over 4 days of Day 1 play, 7,319 poker players anted up and took their shot at becoming this year’s 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. With the amount of registered players increasing on each of the 4 Day 1s, from about 1,100 to over 2,400, the 7,300+-player field comprises the 2nd-largest live poker tournament ever held (only the 2006 Main Event field was larger).
Never far from center stage in the 14 years since his Main Event win at the World Series, Huck Seed has done it again, winning this year’s Tournament of Champions (TOC). Essentially a 27-person freeroll comprised of essentially the greatest assembly of bracelet winners poker has to offer, Seed emerged from this most loaded of fields to claim the $500,000 winner’s payday.