Getting Better for the Brits! Day 23 of the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker was a far better day for UK poker players. Despite quick exits in the final stages of the 6 Handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 35) by both Dave Ulliott and Chris Moorman, hopes of another British bracelet are strong in the other four events currently in play.
Indeed, it was Ulliot who first gave the “away” supporters a glimmer of hope, starting the final day of the Pot Limit Omaha Championship with true Ulliott aggression – taking three pots without going to showdown and increasing his stack from 415,000 chips to 580,000 in little time at all. However, twice in succession he ran into Jason Mercier´s backdoor straights, and left the table in 13th place shouting a tirade of abuse at Mercier´s good fortune. True Ulliott!
Chris Moorman´s departure in 11th was a little more subdued. Chris, who had been short-stacked for most of the day, crashed out when his multi-out hand failed to connect with the board and came second to David Chui´s paired aces. Chris may be disappointed about the manner of his exit, but this was his fourth WSOP cash this year, so something to be consoled about!
The event, bracelet and $619,575 eventually went to Jason “F***ing Lucky B******d” Mercier after a flip-flop Heads Up which saw Mercier and Hans Winzeler exchange positions multiple times as the blinds rose to 40,000/80,000 with only 7.5 million chips on the table. Amazingly, this was only Mercier´s second WSOP bracelet – the first coming in a Pot Omaha event in 2009.
In the tournaments still in play, thirteen UK poker players are guaranteed cashes in the $2,500 NLHE Championship (Event 36), with the charge for the final table being lead by Peckham´s Stephen Watts and Newcastle´s Tom Middleton. Thirty seven players remain in the $10,000 HORSE Championship (Event 37) with Liverpool´s Matt Ashton and Hendon´s Ram Vaswani (remember how we tipped Ram as “one to watch” back in May) both holding solid positions in the top 6, and Sam Trickett (we tipped him too!) is well placed among the leaders in the $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 38) at the close of Day 1.
Day 1 of the Pot Limit Mixed Hold´em / Omaha (Event 39) has also drawn to a close with a strong British contingent still in play. Praz Bansi and JP Kelly are amongst the chip leaders, while Stephen Chidwick looks for his third cash in this series following three in the 2010 event.