Chad Brown (you know, the actor who played the bartender in 1996’s Miami Hustle or maybe you don’t remember him as the news man in 1990’s Basket Case 2) came up just short from winning his first WSOP bracelet . . . again. Last year, Brown finished runner up in 7CS, impressively knocking out Men “The Master” Nguyen when it was 3-handed but then done in masterfully by Ted Forrest during a four hour heads-up match. This year, he was bridesmaid again as relative unknown Denis Ethier won Event #18, $2,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.
But it’s time to remove "Actor" as a pre-fix to his name and just call him a bonafide poker pro, ’cause his list of accomplishments at the felt far exceed those on celluloid. Over the past few years, Brown has had some remarkable finishes, including third place at the 2002 WSOP for Omaha Hi-Lo, first at the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic for seven-card stud, and the aforementioned second at last year’s WSOP seven-card stud game.
At the final table of Event #18, Brown began heads-up as the chip leader, even after Ethier had just knocked out Jen Harman Traniello in 3rd. But Ethier turned the heat up on Brown, and Brown continued to miss his low and high, surrendering pot after pot. In the end, Ethier won by hitting a boat on 7th street.
Clearly Brown has the game, and a gold bracelet can’t be far away. Now as far as a starring role in the next Spielberg blockbuster…eh…we’d put better odds on Atlanta’s very own Runaway Bride making it to the altar this go-around with her dough-headed fiance. Speaking of which, the two crazies will be interviewed tonight on Dateline NBC. So much for Must See TV.