by , Jun 9, 2012 | 12:45 pm

Brandon Schaefer

Today’s WSOP Boxscore

Brian Hastings $371,498 – Event #12 $10,000 Heads Up
David Arsht $211,921 – Event #13 $1,500 Limit Hold’em
Brandon Schaefer $311,174 – Event #14 $1,500 Shootout
Adam Friedman $269,037 – Event #15 $5,000 Stud Hi-Lo


Sometimes I stop being jaded, and that happens when one of the good guys win. Brandon Schaefer entered the $1,500 NLHE Shootout at the last minute even though he hadn’t planned on playing. He was on leave from the US Army and in town to witness the Electric Daisy Carnival and decided to play an event. After 3 days on the tables, he is the latest WSOP Champion.

Schaefer was an immediate success when he won his first tournament in 2005 at the EPT Deauville and then finished 2nd in the EPT Grand Final. After playing the circuit for years, he decided he wanted a change and enlisted in the US Army to train as a helicopter pilot. He now has a few days to enjoy his victory, and a 300,000 rave of the insane, before he checks in on June 15th for flight training.

Schaefer outlasted 1,137 other players for his first WSOP bracelet, $311,174, and a lot of happy friends.

Ryan Lucchesi at BLUFF Magazine has a very nice writeup.


In other news: Phil Ivey, the greatest player on the planet, made a final table!

And no one showed up.

Link Dump

WSOP Live Stream – Hard to believe it’s taken me this long to link up the WSOP live stream. Other than bizarre idea of putting the secondary feature table on stage in the Pavilion Room, the live stream has been running pretty well with only a few hiccups. A lot of the credit goes to the work of infamous Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum.

Nevada Issues Interactive Gaming Licenses – If you missed it earlier, Howard Stutz reported on the latest meeting of the Nevada Gaming Control Board where Bally Technologies and International Game Technologies were recommended for the first gaming licenses ever to be issued to a manufacturer of online gaming systems.

Women Crushing the 2012 WSOP – Vanessa Selbst, Annette Obrestad, Amanda Musumeci, and Xuan Liu are just a few of the top scoring women this year and Julio Rodriguez has the number breakdown over on CardPlayer.

ESPN Poker: Bloch finally gets his bracelet – Gary Wise has a nice article on Andy Bloch winning his first WSOP bracelet last weekend and his attempts at another.

BLUFF Headlines & Highlights – And bloopers.

2 Comments to “Instapoker”

  1. Dan Michalski

    I remember meeting Schaefer. Holy shit! It’s still awesome/amazing when a “random” we know who isn’t hardcore grinding win a bracelet. Makes me wanna play. 

  2. Dan Michalski

    oops. and now i read ryan’s article to realize Brandon was doing more on the felt than I gave him credit for.