Lyle Berman and Robert Williamson III getting rail’d by Gus Hansen’s lap girl from Day 1 of the H.O.R.S.E. event.
Maybe we jumped the gun a bit in dubbing (and trademarking) the 2008 World Series of Poker as The Year of the ProTM.
We almost don’t want to recap yesterday’s action because of its general lack of proness. But we’re professionals. And it’s not our fault pros and making it less the year of them right now.
:: Event #44 ($1,000 No Limit Hold’em w/ Rebuys) – Max Greenwood, not a pro, wins his first (and likely last) bracelet by capturing the $1,000 rebuy event. Greenwood banks $693,392 for the win. The one pro in the event, Alex Bolotin, was the first out at the final table. Nice work, Alex. Get full payouts here.
:: Event #45 ($50,000 H.O.R.S.E.) – Not sure what to make of this. On the surface, about 80% of the remaining field of 24 would qualify as "pro." But the chip leader, Mike DeMichele, is new on the scene and has a girly French sounding name. Two huge knocks against him. DeMichele does have three WSOP cashes, all in mixed games, which gives some credibility to him being a "pro." But not much. Luckily, after DeMichele is a laundry list of who’s who run the gamut the whole kit and kaboodle and the kitchen sink of big named pros. Following DeMichele are Barry Greenstein (who is such a pro he counts twice) with 1,311,000 and uber-pro Daniel Negreanu with 1,226,000. Some other names you’ve probably heard of include Scotty Nguyen (1,033,000), Doyle Brunson (777,000), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (701,000), Erick Lindgren (485,000), likely second place finisher Andy Bloch (421,000), Gabe Kaplan (360,000), Brandon Adams (290,000), our pick to win it Huck Seed (190,000), Phil Ivey (145,000), and Lorenzo Lamas (81,000). And that’s just to name a few.
:: Event #46 ($5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed) – A total non-pro final table. Only notable mention is the singular version of David Kita, Davidi Kitai, is short-stacked. Get full finaly table chip counts here.
:: Event #47 ($1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo) – Ok, this one is kind of a toughie. Of the 13 remaining, we have three bracelet winners. But only one of them you could call a certifiable "pro" and he’s a
:: Event #48 ($2,000 No Limit Hold’em) – Huge field in this one with over 2,400 runners creating a first place payout of $770,540. There’s a shot of a pro winning this too, as many remain. Some notable bigs include Erik Cajelais (84,000), Blair Rodman (53,000), Bryan Devonshire (44,000), David "The Dragon" Pham* (42,000), and Erica Schoenberg, a woman (38,000). Get full chip counts here.
2008 WSOP Band of Bloggers: Get full recaps and payouts from WorldSeriesofPoker.com here. Get Dr. Pauly’s take on WSOP happenings here. Gary Wise has some thoughts here. Please please don’t forget Pokerati here. And get Poker Prof’s recap and more photos here.
* Not a real dragon.