Dennis Phillips Will Not Repeat As Champ…Oh, Wait, He Didn’t Win Last Year?

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.

Get full chip counts here.


3 Responses

  1. DJ Sly Bri

    July 14, 2009 7:40 pm, Reply

    Considering the two guys ahead of him have English skills somewhere in the Emmitt Smith range, maybe Phillips isn’t doing such a bad thing.

  2. DJ Sly Bri

    July 14, 2009 7:43 pm, Reply

    Wait a second. I just clicked ont eh chips counts and saw the guy in 9th is a Poker Stars qualifier. DOesn’t he get a 10 million dollar bonus if he iwns it all, so he is really playing for $18 million?

  3. Matthew

    July 15, 2009 1:39 pm, Reply

    No Full Tilt offer the $10 Million, Stars usually pay about $1 million paid over the year as long as you give up your image rights play a certain amount of hours online wear there logo and attend events that they want you to be at. Details from the terms an conditions on Qualifying via sattelite.

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