The Year of the ProTM this isn’t (what it is we’ll unveil tomorrow).
Brock Parker got hot at the right time, played great poker throughout Event #14 ($2,500 LH Six-Handed), and defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up to capture his first bracelet.
Not that Brock Parker is chopped liver (or not a “pro”…he’s the infamous “tsoprano” on Poker Stars) by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s no Daniel Negreanu. And 14 events into the 2009 WSOP, we’ve had one legit big name pro–Phil Ivey–take down a bracelet. Say what you want about how great it is that “anybody can win,” but what’s even better is when poker’s top names are pulling down bracelets. People just care more. Better for “ratings,” even if “ratings” equates to more online traffic and general interest and buzz around the Rio halls. And ratings on ESPN for the few events that will air.
For the win, Parker banks $223,688. Negreanu takes home $138,280 for second.
Get full payouts and results here.