Aussie Glazier, Doyle Brunson, $50k Players Championship
Today’s WSOP Bracelet Boxscore
Ronnie Bardah $182,088 – Event #40 $2,500 LHE 6-Handed
Greg Ostrander $742,072 – Event #41 $3,000 NLHE
Oleksii Kovalchuk $228,014 – Event #42 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo
Each summer the “poker media” likes to slap labels on the WSOP a few weeks into the summer, perhaps a lazy way to summarize the series in 4 words. Year of the Pro, Year of the Women, Year of the Amateur, etc, etc, ad nauseum. This year has seen a little bit of everything with top pros picking up bracelets, with the good guys, long suffering, and ladies also getting in the act.
There was a little debate whether Allyn Jaffrey Shulman’s win broke the four year streak of all male bracelet winners (aside from the Ladies Championship) since it occurred in the Seniors Championship. Jackie Glazier almost erased that question. The Australian poker player has plenty of results on her resume but came to the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em final table with the chip lead and her eye on the title.
After a long evening, she found herself heads up with Greg Ostrander for the bracelet with a significant chiplead when the hard stop time rolled around. Ostrander opted to pause play for the day and that seemed to kill Glazier momentum and she settled for a second place finish.
Glazier was the 10th women to make a final table this summer and scored the 5th highest payout for a woman player in WSOP history.
Tweet(s) o’ the Day – It would have been pretty unthinkable just a few years ago that Doyle Brunson would miss the $50,000 Players Championship. While his WSOP schedule has been cut way back, the 10-time bracelet winner is still out there crushing big cash games. In the end, Texas Dolly was in his seat at the start of play.
Supposed to be a giant cash game today. Thinking about skipping 50K tourney. #whattodo?
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 24, 2012
WSOP Player of the Year Update – The Player of the Year list is up to date through the latest events and Phil Ivey continues to lead over John Monnette, Andy Frankenberger, Phil Hellmuth, and newly crowned bracelet winner Jan-Peter Jachtmann. Still plenty of time and some big money events for others to make up ground. For anyone wondering, Allen “Complainsaw” Kessler is not in the Top 500.
It’s time for civil behavior from the pokerati – Norman Chad (your 6th place finisher in the Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event) has his latest piece for the Washington Post where he talks about civility in poker. While I think a lot of the top young pros are doing a good job of expanding their horizons, there is still something rotten in the soft nougat center. Also, wash your damn hands!
$50k Players Championship Decline – While it wasn’t the smallest field in the short history of the $50k Players Championship, the 108 player field only missed that number by 13. There are plenty of reasons to speculate and Julio Rodriguez at CardPlayer has his ideas. Also, for the first time in history, no women entered the Players Championship.
WSOP Week #3 Behind the Scenes – Perhaps a little behind the times but who doesn’t like to watch Kristy Arnett report about odd ball things around the Rio?