The 22nd day of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been put to bed and we have three more bracelet winners to pore some ink over.
Erick Lindgren continues his road to recovery with his second WSOP bracelet win of his career, after victory in Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 6-Max (NLHE). The victory comes just weeks after Lindgren announced that he was back in the limelight after a runner-up spot to Chino Rheem at the $25,000 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championships at The Bellagio.
“I am worn out….it’s a nightmare to play Lee Markholt and I did get aces a bunch against him…and the last hand was a pure cooler.” Lindgren told the PokerNews sideline reporter, Kristy Arnett, in his winning interview.
E-Dog was referring to the final hand of heads-up play where Markholt flopped bottom two pair on [As] [Js] [9d] whilst he was holding top set.
“I feel great…it’s a long road back…I feel like I have started over and I want to make my way back to the top.” Said Lindgren.
The road is indeed long. Back at the turn of the year Lindgren reacted to vitriol on 2+2 about the debts he owed, by carrying out an interview for BLUFF where he revealed that he had once accrued gambling debts of $10 million; and had declared bankruptcy whilst owing creditors around $3 million in gambling debt. The $1.3 million that Lindgren has earned in 2013 is a step in the right direction.
Campanello Takes The Razz
A WSOP gold bracelet looks mighty fine, but it looks so much nicer next to a WSOPC gold ring, both of which now sit blinking on the hand of Bryan Campanello.
The 21-year old has completed the set after defeating the WSOP bracelet holder David Bach, in Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz. ‘The Gunslinger’ Bach was most people’s favorite after leading the field at the end of both Day One and Two; but Campanello made sure that Bach would not go wire-to-wire by winning the heads-up encounter to take $178,052 for his reward. Bach took the consolation prize of $110,098.
Michael Gathy’s victory in Event #34: $1,000 NLHE Turbo might rank as the most impressive performance of the 44th Annual WSOP. Not only did Gathy have to quell the quality of the WSOP bracelet holders Jake Cody (7th) and Jason Duval (6th). But he also had to deal with the partisan UK noise emanating from a rail that was bustling at the seams. To get through those obstacles to win his second WSOP $1k event in consecutive ears is stunning. Last year he defeated 2,798 players and this year he defeated 1,628 players as he took the second WSOP Belgian bracelet at this year’s series.
“My friend will tell you I am just lucky. I was down to 500 chips after 45-minutes and I won a bunch of all-ins.” Said Gathy after his victory. “Jake Cody was the best player at the table and I was glad when I took him out.”
Gathy eliminated Cody after twice winning flips against the Triple Crown Winner whilst holding pocket tens – much to the chagrin of that famous British Rail.
So that’s the three winners out of the way…who is going to join them next?
The 2006 WSOP Player of the Year (POY), Jeff Madsen (922k), finished the second day of action in Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) at the top of the leader board with a big chip advantage over Scott Clements (534k) in second place.
640-players decided to try out the four-card format and only 19 remain in the hunt for a bracelet. One of our most recent WSOP bracelet winners Isaac Hagerling (440k), Ashton Griffin (352k), Jason DeWitt (344k) and Mike Sexton (242k) just a few scary names remaining in the field.
Event #36: $1,500 NLHE Shootout has reached the second day of competition and 120-players remain from a starting field of 1,194. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Eric Seidel, Maxim Lykov and Brent Hanks all making it through the winner takes all format.
There’s no stopping Greg Mueller. The Canadian steam train finished the first day of Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold’em at the top of the charts to continue his impressive series. Recent WSOP bracelet winner Brent Wheeler, Justin Bonomo and Juha Helppi finished at the right end of the chip counts and Ronnie Bardah was back in a limit event after winning the $2.5k event last year. The man with a voice to send cavemen to sleep also finished the day with a chunky chip stack.