Dennis Phillips didn’t win the 2008 WSOP Main Event, but he carries himself as if he did.
Listen, we’re not ripping the guy for stepping up and filling the “poker ambassador” void left gaping open by Peter Eastgate, but he’s practically established himself as the Anna Kournakova of the game: he never won anything big but you’d never know from all the attention he gets. The big difference here, of course, is we weren’t Yahoo! image searching “Dennis Phillips up-skirt Wimbledon” when he was 16 years-old, but whatever.
Phillips and his white-shirt-St.-Louis-Cardinals-cap wearing minions (seen above) just busted right before break, going down in an impressive 45th place ($178,857). While we won’t fall victim to some so-called poker “media” hyperbole that this is one of the best ever WSOP Main Event performances, what he did was impressive as hell, and a final table Phillips run would’ve brought great press to the game.
With Phillips’ elimination, we’ve lost almost all of our “name” pros. Billy Kopp is still the chip leader. Phil Ivey is still fourth. Antonio Esfandiari and Leo Margets still remain.
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