Five Recent Happenings in the World of Poker

June 27, 2014

The WSOP 2014 saw a lot of events taking place so far – past bracelet winners have struck gold this time too and have made poker enthusiasts who predicted their wins proud. Exciting players like Volpe and Anderson won last year and they did not disappoint this year as well. Kabbaj made a stunning victory and Yoon bagged a quick, action-packed victory. Here are 5 recent events of the WSOP you should know about.

I want the gold

Volpe played a game that yielded him a very deep share of the pot. He joined at the final table of the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and survived the bubble so well as to win all the chips in the play, defeating Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu was on his way to win his 7th bracelet but had to settle with the 2nd spot and $156,674 winnings. Volpe made his 4th largest cash win of his career and his total poker winnings now add up to 2.7 million just from live tournaments. He has won 4.78 million in total, combining his online poker tournament winnings too. This was, however, his first bracelet.

Calvin Anderson too won his first bracelet at the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low game with $190,538 as the cash prize and that was his largest career win so far. That also pushed his poker earnings from live tournaments beyond $1 million. One of the other finalists was Melissa Burr who won $10,000 at the 8th position. Anderson is confident he will win many more bracelets in the coming WSOP but cannot peg a number right now.

Cada snags number two

Poker enthusiasts were not in love with Cada in 2009 when he won the main WSOp event. He was en route to winning $8.5 million and had edged past a poker legend, Phil Ivey. This year however, was also good to Cada. He won his 2nd gold bracelet at the $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold-em Championship and $670,041 in cash. He faced very competitive gamers like Jeremy Ausmus, JC tran and Erick Lindgren. This lad from Michigan was very lucky when he won a coin flip against Ausmus at the heads-up play for 93% of the chips. Ausmus recovered and found a double up but was taken down with pocket jacks against the pocket queens of Cada.

Cada is one of the few consistent cash winners since the 2009 WSOP and has made 4 final table appearances as follows:

1. $10,000 Six Max – finished 1st with $670,041 (year 2014)
2. $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – finished 4th with $161,652 (year 2013)
3. $1,500 Six-Max – finished 4th with $83,558 (year 2013)
4. $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Poker – finished 2nd with $412,424 (year 2012)

The Year of the Previous Bracelet Winner

There are 34 events at the tournament this year. So far, nearly a third of the events have been won by previous bracelet winners. This has been a year where players have captured, 2nd , 3rd , 4th and even 6th gold bracelets of their career. What this proves is that poker really is a game of skills and not much of luck. Previous bracelet winners have mastered the skills by practicing in online tournaments too. A large number of previous bracelet winners have also advanced to the final rounds and table. Deeper pot shares have gone to them.

It is said that getting that first gold bracelet is a tough job but if that is the case, so should be the consecutive ones. But what is interesting is this theory is being put to test at this WSOP. Players like Cada, Ted Forrest, Kabbaj, etc. have returned to the WSOP and made it big pot-wise too.

Senior championship title for Heimiller

Older generations are getting more drawn to the WSOP. This can be easily proved by the pot size – $4million and the large number of entrants – 4,425 players. The golden winner was yet another past bracelet winner – Dan Heimiller, who beat Norwegian Donald Mas and is set to win $627,462. This is the largest win for Heimiller, who is an experienced poker player who has won $4.8 million in live tournament events.

Heimiller had tweeted on April Fools’ Day that he will be giving away 1% of his winnings if he is off to a good start at the 2014 WSOP and it seems like he already is.

25K fantasy update

Ivey and Greg Merson are confirmed for the Big One for One Drop. Martin Jacobson is being considered and his 7th-place finish in Six Max Championship will improve his chances. $1 players like Jacobson, Merson, Faraz Jaka and others have put together 8 cash winnings for almost 100 points and Jeff Madsen is the chip leader in Event no. 35.