Maybe this year isn’t the Year of the BrotherTM, but instead it’s the Year of the Really Good, Really Boring PlayerTM. Looking at the $50k H.O.R.S.E. leaders, that’s definitely the case. Here’s the rundown:
:: Event #40 ($50,000 H.O.R.S.E.): This is a long, grueling race, but some thoroughbreds are beginning to separate themselves as they make a charge for the finish line.* Event #2 winner and general charisma machine Vitaly Lunkin is the overnight chip leader, stacked at (1,527,000). He’s followed by Erik Sagstrom (1,315,000) and half-man, half-amazing Freddy Deeb (1,300,000). Also top five in chips are David Bach (1,265,000) and still-in-contention-for-POY Ville Wahlbeck (842,000). See? Has there been a better group of players that you don’t care about? Could you be less excited? Gus Hansen (801,000), our Official Pick to Win It Huck Seed (672,000), Tony G (642,000) and Erik Seidel (464,000) also remain. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #50 ($1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout): That didn’t take long. After a number of runner-up finishes and near-misses, Greg ‘FBT’ Mueller captures his second bracelet in a week. It’s just like high school. Mueller defeated Marc Naalden heads-up for the title and banks $194,854. Millie Shiu, a woman, finished third. David Williams finished fourth. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #51 ($1,500 NLH): About 30 remain. Alex Jacob anyone? See the rest here.
:: Event #52 ($3,000 NLH): A solid showing of 854 whittled down to 149 by the end of play. Timothy Horan is the overnight chip leader, stacked at 149,000. Some notable big stacks remaining include but are certainly not limited to Antonio Esfandiari (127,900), Jeffrey Lisandro (113,800), Peter “Nordberg” Feldman (93,100), and no way seriously GTFO Mike Caro (58,500). Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #53 ($1,500 Seven Card Stud 8B): The final event of the day brought in 467 and ended with around 150. Allie Prescott is the overnight chip leader. Annie Duke and Daniel Negreanu are around the top of the leaderboard. Get full chip counts here.
* Fuck! There we go again.