WSOP weekly round up

WSOP weekly round up

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Phil Hellmuth is once again the big story at the World Series of Poker this week. After finishing runner up to John Juanda in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, Hellmuth once again came tantalisingly close to bracelet number 12 but fell just short.

The Poker Brat battled his way through a stacked 168-runner field in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better Championship to set up a heads up encounter with the 26-year-old banker Eric Rodawig. The semi-pro from Dakota had the chip lead from the start and didn't relinquish that advantage leaving Hellmuth the bridesmaid once again. The two-time Main Event winner did move to the head of the Player of the Year table which should provide some consolation.

Hellmuth wasn't the only big name to just miss out on adding to his jewellery collection. Mike Sexton couldn't mount a Lazarus like comeback in the $1,500 Stud event finishing second behind Chris Viox. This month's Bluff Europe cover star Chris Moorman went close in the $2.5 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, unluckily busting in third place at the hands of eventual winner Oleksi Kovalchuk. Three wasn't the magic number for Barry Greenstein either. The Team PokerStars pro hit the rail in that position in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship event which was won by Daniel Idema, brother of 2+2 Pokercast host Adam Schwartz.

Jason Mercier had no such trouble though, bagging his second WSOP bracelet in an absolutely loaded $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha event. The former EPT San Remo winner and tournament cashing God pocketed over $619,000 for the win taking his career earnings to an astronomical $6m.

Other winners this week were Kirk Caldwell who pocketed $668,292 after winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event, online reg Chris 'Genius28' Lee who beat Shaun Deeb and John D'Agostino to the inaugural $2.5k 10-Game Mixed Event and Mark Radoja who won the $5,000 Shootout.

British success has been thin on the ground but we have high hopes for Sam Trickett, James Mitchell and Stephen Chidwick who are riding high in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em and $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha respectively.

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Tags: WSOP 2011, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier, Daniel Idema, Mike Sexton, Chris Moorman, Barry Greenstein, Kirk Caldwell, Mark Radoja