With the 2019 WSOP currently ongoing, the WSOP has announced this Sunday, June 23, the top 10 finalists eligible for the 2019 Poker Hall of Fame. Just one or two will be inducted.
The list of 10 poker players was created after a process of public nomination and a vetting of these nominations by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. The decision now falls in the hands of 30 living members and 21 poker-industry media experts to determine who gets inducted.
The 2018 WSOP's first Championship event has concluded, and the victor is American poker pro Paul Volpe, who claimed his third bracelet after dominating Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $417,921.
The final table is being played at the moment. The 6 finalists who are battling for the first prize of 250,000 AUD are Howard Lederer, David Oppenheim, James Bord, Barny Boatman, Patrik Antonius and Eli Elezra. Howard Lederer is in the lead with 175,000, closely followed by Oppenheim (160k) and James Bord (135,000).
Boatman and Antonius are far behind in chips but might still have a chance if they double up soon. Eli Elezra only has 15,000 chips left and he will for sure be the one who's sent packing next since the blinds of 1000/2000 +100 ante are eating up his stack.
Doyle Brunson has been gambling heavily for almost 60 years straight now. In the past few years however, he has cut down on the gambling and traveling and instead tried to take it easy and spend more time with his family. However, it seems like cutting down on the gambling part hasn't done him any good. According to Eli Elezra, one of Doyle's closest friends, Doyle has a hard time to appreciate life when he's not gambling. This is something Doyle also confirms in his blog.
"Damn! Just when I was feeling good and had decided to make a full blown run trying to win a bracelet at the WSOP, all of a sudden I feel lethargic with no energy whatsoever. Hopefully it's what I call the "Brunson Blues". When I don't have something to gamble on, I start feeling bad. It's hard to call yourself a degenerate gambler but I guess that's what I am. I've had 57 years of almost non stop gambling and I need that adrenaline rush."
In an episode in season 6 of High Stakes Poker, Gus Hansen, the Full Tilt Pro, tried to buy a pot from Eli Elezra with some really bad bluffing from begin to end. What makes it even worse is the fact that Gus Hansen had absolutely no draws or anything and still he couldn't lay down his hand. The bluff costed Gus Hansen around $100,000! However, its for sure not the last time we see Gus Hansen make a crazy play like this one.
Gus Hansen was after the show interviewed by the host Kara Scott. Kara was of course very interested to know what Gus had to say about the bluff which failed.
"I like my bets on flop and turn, but I hate the ace on the river. And still I decide to make another big bet, which really seemed like an obvious bluff. This is probably the worst bluff I have made in my entire poker career."
In the month of September, Thuy Doan went public with a very sad message in her blog - she had been diagnosis with cancer. Since Thuy Doan was diagnosed with cancer, she has been a break from the poker scene, but still she has continued writing in her blog about her fight against the cancer.
Now, a few months later, 16 of the world's best poker players (Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Barry Greenstein, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Bertrand "ElkY", and Grospellier - just to mention a few) shaved their heads in soldiery for her. This really shows that even after all the success these players have had, they still have huge hearts and care for other people.
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