Professional poker players believe they have an advantage over amateur players every time they sit down at a table with them. While amateurs usually make a strong showing at the World Series of Poker, it is the pros who have dominated so far this year.
David Benyamine became the latest pro to rip through the field and capture a World Series bracelet. He won Event #37, a World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better tournament. He won $535,687 for finishing on top.
Greg Jamison finished second in the event that held a $10,000 buy in. He won $331, 350. Mike Matusow made another appearance at a final table but came up short in his effort. He finished in fifth, winning $138,062.
Event #38 is down to the final table with Jan Von Halle holding the lead in chips with 485,000. Lee Watkinson is in the second chip position with 357,000. The tournament will wrap up on Sunday.
A No-Limit Hold’em event with a $1,500 buy in has headed into the second day. 218 contestants have made it through the first day and are currently competing for the $631,656 first place prize.
Two tournaments beginning on Sunday will be a 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball(Limit) event and a Mixed Hold’em(Limit/No Limit) event.
John Phan Wins Second World Series Of Poker Bracelet This Year
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John Phan was developing a reputation as a strong poker player who could not seal the deal. He finished runner up several times at last year’s World Series of Poker, and was unable to get over the hump to win a bracelet.
This year, Phan returned to the WSOP with the hopes of just cashing in. He has done more than that, he had changed his reputation after winning his second bracelet of the year in Event #40, a $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament.
“Going into a World Series, I don’t expect to win a bracelet, but it would be nice to win one. The first(bracelet), I didn’t really care that much. But(winning) the second one is so difficult,” he said.
Phan beat out a field of players at the final table that makes his win even more remarkable. Shun Uchinda had already cashed twice this year, and two winners from last year, Ben Pozio and Robert Mizrachi were both at the table.
Poker author David Sklansky was also at the final table. Phan played well and when it came down to the final three Phan, Uchida, and Gioi Luong, the tension mounted. It was Luong that bowed out first, leaving only Phan and Uchida.
The two engaged in some talking back and forth before Phan eventually disposed of Uchida to win the tournament. Phan cashed in $151,896 for the win. that brings his running total for this year to $605,999.