Weekly round up of live UK poker tournaments and players at the WSOP

Half Way Already?

The half way point has been reached in the WSOP 2011, with 29 of the 57 Bracelets already decided in what is potentially a record breaking year for the event. With entries up 10% on previous records – resulting in higher prize pools, more cashes and many games over-running their allotted times – organisers are delighted that Black Friday has not had the effect many people feared.

Not as delighted, of course, as the 29 bracelet winners – the latest of whom is Chris “Genius 28” Lee, winner of the 10 Game Mix / 6 Handed Championship (Event 29). In a tournament which saw almost as many chip leaders as there were change of games, Chris admitted that many of the games were alien to him yet won the final hand of the tournament in a game of 2-7 Lowball.

Like many of the events this year, the Old Timers NLHE Championship (Event 30) will be running into a fourth day. Preston´s Andy Bradshaw and Macclesfield´s Gary MacDonald (who appeared on the chip count list as being a native of Iran!) ran deep into the tournament and both cashes five figure sums, and Eastbourne´s Zimnan Ziyard has made it to the final table of the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 31) which should also conclude tomorrow.

Two of the “small” buy-in NLHE tournaments are in progress (Events 32 and 34) and both have plenty of UK poker players involved. Sandwiched between them is the $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo Championship (Event 35), which is down to its last few tables and sees WSOP Main Event 2010 runner up. John Racener is a good position but facing a stiff challenge from the likes of Phil Laak, Eric Seidel and Phil Hellmuth – this one should be a great final day to watch.

UKIPT Newcastle Goes to … …

The PokerStars UKIPT Newcastle is down to its final day´s play and for the first time it the event´s history, the final table is comprised solely of poker players from the UK and Ireland. Richard Sinclair currently leads the field, with a commanding chip advantage over PokerStars player Rajesh Verma in pursuit of the £67.000 first prize, with two PokerStars qualifiers – Tim Slater and Jonathon Gawith – also involved at the business end of things.

I’d like to wish best of luck and congrats to Jonathan Gawith from Carlisle whom I’ve played against both live and online quite a few times, a very solid player with a good track record. . . fingers crossed for you mate!

And the Winner is … …

Daniel, Negreanu, in an act of self-depreciating humour, offered a pair of quadzillion dollar headphones to the first joke tweeted to him that he had never heard before after busting out of the Stud Hi/Lo Championship and sending another pair airborne – such was his day! The winning entry had nothing to do with poker, which is why it probably won!

Blonde gets pulled over for speeding. Cop walks up, checks her out, pulls out pecker. Blonde says “not another breathalyzer”

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