Earlier today, nine people were invited to play a WSOP Academy single-table tournament with the winner receiving a free-bid into the WSOP Tournament of Champions.
The tournament concept itself–and the entrants, which only included one bracelet winner–were catching some heat from the so-called poker “media” and others–as “they” felt it more or less invalidated the purpose of having a Tournament of Champions where “one” needed a bracelet to qualify.
Unfortunately, the one bracelet winner, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, couldn’t pull out a victory heads-up against Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, voiding some of those complaints. Sooooo ElkY gets the seat. And there you have it.
In related news, we’ll announce our TOC winner tomorrow. Vote on the TOC here.