Monday, 16 June 2014
Another busy weekend inside the Rio saw a selection of players take home bracelets and more pros make it one step closer to a WSOP title.
Event #27 saw Tommy Hang (pictured) prove his poker dexterity with a win over Jim Collopy in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Having made his way past 741 players over a two-day period, Hang eventually scooped his first bracelet and $230,744 during a final round of Hold'em against Collopy. With the board reading 9d 8s 3h 6h Td, both players committed their stacks and despite Collopy turning over pocket kings, Hang said "I got there" before revealing Qh Jc for the turned straight. With Hang now hanging with the likes of JC Tran and Greg Mueller with his new bracelet, Alex Bilokur was putting paid to Barny Boatman's dream of another final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship. Despite a British rail throwing their support behind Barny, the veteran pro was ousted in ninth place for $37,389. As more pros fell, including Todd Brunson (6th - $75,681) and Chino Rheem (4th - $131,705), Bilokur began to thrive and by the time Alexander Venovski hit the rail in third ($174,434) he was able to take control. In a final flurry of betting the Russian managed to scoop the bracelet and $398,567 after his Qd Jd made a flush to overcome Matt O'Donnell's (2nd - $246,310) Ac Qs. Also picking up a well-deserved bracelet recently was Calvin Anderson. The American pro has long been one of the top young players in the world but often flies under the radar when it comes to media attention. However, after another deep WSOP run he managed to bank a bracelet in Event #30 ($1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-Better). A final battle with Joe Tehan resulted in Anderson taking the upper hand, the title and $190,538.
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