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WSOP: Wright wins bling and donates big

TAGs: Las Vegas, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, rio las vegas, world series of poker, WSOP

wsop-world-series-of-poker-2012The battle to become the 2012 World Series Of Poker’s MVP – Most Valuable Pensioner – goes into another day as the final four could not be separated in Event #29: The Seniors NLHE Championship. Dennis Phillips holds the lead with Bob Phelps, Hoyt Corkins and Allyn Jaffrey Shulman the other three players in contention. The winner is likely to be decided at some point on Monday afternoon before any of them start dozing off again.

Larry Wright is the latest winner of some dench bling after taking down the field in Event #30: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball. The father of two celebrated “couldn’t keep it in their pants” day by besting a star-filled field and bagging $101,975 in the process. He defeated Brandon Cantu in the final table heads up and saw the likes of Michael Mizrachi and Erick Lindgren fall out of the running throughout the duration of the day. After his victory, Wright confirmed that he is more than just one of poker’s good guys and revealed the “majority of this is going to the Sudan in Africa” to help construct a “couple of houses” and a “water well”. Hell of a guy.

No-Limit Hold’em is the staple of any poker tournament and the latest one at this year’s WSOP, Event #31, is led by former Main Event champ Joe Cada. 19 players made it through to day 3 from the 2,811 that entered on the first day with Michael Aron the closest to Cada on 1,745,000. Joining them in the top three is Valentyn Shabelnyk (1,391,000).

The two Phil’s, Ivey and Hellmuth, are still very much alive in Event #32 but it’s a 2012 bracelet winner that is looking to add his second in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. John Monnette is chip leader with 825,000 chips as 15 players move onto the final day’s play tomorrow with a chance at winning what will be a substantial prize. Oh and we forgot to mention this has one of those coveted “Notable Events” tags. Something else to brag to your friends about.

Last but not least is another packed $1,000 NLHE event that is being led by Brad Libson. Event #33 saw 2,795 enter to juke it out for a sizeable part of the $2,515,500 prize pool on offer and just under 10 percent (231) of the starting amount will return for day two.

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