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Poker Life: Watching the first week of WSOP

Mon, Jun 12, 8:49am by Poker Guru

Doug Polk, the only Youtuber I follow, won the biggest event of WSOP 2017 so far, the $111,111 Highroller for One Drop event. Doug Polk beat a field of 130 top players to win the $3.7m USD first prize. He got quite lucky a couple of times at the final table but you cannot win a poker tournament without luck.

Why is the poker tournament called “Highroller for One Drop”? One Drop (is a non-profit organization created by Guy Laliberté in 2007 which aim is to give people access to clean water. Guy Liberté is the founder of Cirque du Soleil and also a well-known high stakes poker player. He seems to be a very nice guy and I remember a hand he played against David Benyamine at the High Stakes Poker TV show a few years ago. They were all-in for a huge pot and Laliberté was a 2-to-1 favourite. Benyamine was in visible pain and Laliberté decided to offer him a very favourable deal. Laliberté did that because he felt sorry for Benyamine—Liberté is a billionaire so the money did not matter that much to him. To be a successful poker player you should try to leave emotions out of it and this was definitely something rare.

Watch the hand here:

Dan Negreanu came close to winning his seventh WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo tournament but finished 2nd after Abe Mosseri. I am a big fan of Dan Negreanu, both as a player and a person, and I am happy that he has had such a good start to this year’s WSOP. He also finished in 3rd place in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship, playing on a team with David Benyamine, Eric Wasserson and Mark Gregorich.

The second $10,000 event, the NL Hold’em Heads-up event, is down to 32 players. Eric Seidel, whom I wrote about last week, is still in it but he needs to win another five heads-up matches to win the bracelet.

Player numbers seem to be slightly down from last year but maybe they will pick up as WSOP goes long.


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