Two of the game’s most respected online grinders captured their first respective WSOP bracelets on Tuesday.
In Event #20 ($1,000 NLH), Jason Somerville beat a field of 3,175 to capture his first bracelet and bank $493,091. He defeated Yahar Darian ($305,009) heads-up for the title. This event had another near-miss with a woman winning a bracelet, as 46 year-old Diana Allen, a woman, finished seventh ($63,493). Crazy as shit Lex Veldhuis just missed the final table, finishing eleventh ($28,517).
Somerville joins Brian Rast in becoming the second PokerVT pro in a week to win a bracelet. Apparently there’s some Good JuJuTM for VT pros who appeared on This Week In Poker. In related news, we’re working on getting a TWiP-ish version of TWiP going again from the WSOP soon.
Get full Event #20 results here.
In Event #21 ($10,000 Seven Card Stud), Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier broke through and captured his first bracelet, banking $331,639. He defeated Steven Landfish ($204,924) heads-up for the title.
ElkY has proven to be far from a typical two-year wonder. This is ElkY’s ninth major cash of 2011 and third victory (he’s also won two EPT High Rollers events). The win gives him nearly $8M in career tournament earnings and over $1.6M for 2011. We’re having a difficult time computing all of this, as ElkY is French, yet, he’s so often victorious. He’s like the Michael Jordan in a country full of LeBron Jameses.
Get full Event #21 results and payouts here.