No WSOP Gold for Jamie Gold

No WSOP Gold for Jamie Gold

Thursday, 2 July 2015

For a while it looked as though the 2006 WSOP Main Event winner, Jamie Gold, was going to roll back the years and capture another bracelet at this year's festival. The Malibu resident who made a name for himself in more ways than one after the 2006 Series has since been a figure of ridicule in some poker circles.

Despite banking $12 million for his Main Event win, Gold became embroiled in a legal battle with a former backer which resulted in him losing a large portion of his cash. On top of that Gold was intent on making a name for himself in the industry and regular sat down in high stakes cash games with the toughest players in the world.

This combination of factors, combined with a barren run at the tournament tables, meant Gold slipped out of the public eye and lost the bulk of his bankroll. However, that hasn't stopped the American pro from trying and earlier this week he anted up $1,500 and sat down in Event #59 at the WSOP.

As the field gradually thinned it looked increasingly like Gold would make it to the final table and earlier today he fulfilled that promise and entered the main stage once again. Despite some early stumbles, Gold was able to hold onto enough chips to outlast the likes of Rick Alvarado and Joshua Evans to move tantalisingly close to another title.

Unfortunately for Gold it wasn't to be and his dream came to an end after the UK's Alex Lindop sent him to the rail in fifth place. Although he wasn't able to clinch the title, Gold did bank $120,952 for his efforts which should give him a boost heading into this year's Main Event.

Just four players remain in contention with China's Haixia Zhang hoping to become the first winner of the Ladies Event to win a second bracelet. England Alex Lindop is second with London-based Frenchman Aurelien Guiglini and Yorane Kerignard rounding out the final quartet.

Haixia Zhang - 4,800,000
Alex Lindop - 4,200,000
Aurelien Guiglini - 3,655,000
Yorane Kerignard - 3,490,000

Tags: WSOP 2015, Jamie Gold, Alex Lindup, Haixa Zhang