The 10 nominees (selected by the public for the sixth year in a row) for the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame were announced by World Series of Poker on Tuesday. The list of nominees include 5 returning candidates (highlighted in blue) and five new players, including Daniel Negreanu who turned 40 this year and now meet the criteria* to be inducted.
It ended up being Cory Zeidman who took home Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or better. For the win Zeidman received the biggest cash of his entire career ($201,559) and his very first WSOP bracelet. Zeidman previous WSOP cash occured in the very same event last year (believe it or not). Then he arrived at the final table as the chip leader as well but finished in 6th place for $30,228.
Chris Bjorin, a regular at the WSOP since the early 90s-- 2 bracelets and 62 cashes, received $124,838 for his runner-up finish but seemed quite disappointed to have missed out on his 3rd bracelet - especially since he had decent lead when only 3 players remained.
Event #4: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better ($1,500 buy-in) attracted a field of 622 players when is started on Tuesday. Now, after 3 days + several hours of play, only 3 players remain and in the lead is no one else than poker legend Chris Bjorin from Sweden (based in London, England).
Chris Bjorin has throughout his career kept a relatively low profile and avoided many televised poker tournaments and interviews. He has been a regular at the WSOP since the early 90s and has won two WSOP bracelets and has many other notable WSOP cashes. His highest finish in the WSOP Main Event was 9th place finish 1997.
Lots of players (many familiar faces) took part in EPT Main Event Day 1b. Unfortunately many notables went off the trail during the day. Just to mention a few, Eric Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, Tony G, ElkY, Boris Becker, Pieter de Korver (last year's champ), Jason Mercier.
Of course a few notables made it to Day 2 as well. Joe Cada, Isabelle Mercier, Marcel Luske and Joe Hachem and a few more. But still - would have been nice if more notables made it through Day 1b.
Around 400 player will be returning to play Day 2 of the tournament today. Chip leader is Thiago Decano (264,2000) followed by Paul Berende (195,500) and Tommaso Briotti (175,400). A bit further down in the felt we can find a few big names. For example the PokerStars Pros Joe Cada (123,600) and Alex Gomes (122,800).
351 players took the felt in Day 1a of EPT Monte Carlo, which was played yesterday. Around 180 players made it through the day and will now get a day of rest before its time for Day2. Among the players who made it to Day 2 we find a few notables - Chris Moneymaker, Neil Channing, Men Nguyen, Chris Bjorin, Greg Raymer and a few more.
Many big names failed to make it to Day 2 as well. Just to mention a few, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein, Phil Laak and Gavin Griffin.
Around 500 players are expected to take part in Day 1b of the tournament. Lets hope that the second starting day will be more acton filled and exciting than Day 1a was.
Swedens most experienced poker player Christer Bjorin is in the lead in the World Championship Omaha Hi/Low tournament with 134 000 in chip after the end of day 1.
A total of 179 players paid the $10.000 buy in to participate in this tournament and in the top 10 we can currently find players like Sammy Farha, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey. It is expected to be a very tight race for the title between these players.
A but further down in the list we find Omaha specialist David Benyamine with only 11 000 in chips.
The play will resume again today and we will keep you updated on the results.
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