WSOP Update – Nearly Main Event Time!

George Danzer

George Danzer

It’s WSOP 2014 update time again, and it is now exactly one month since the World Series of Poker adventure began for the tens of thousands of readymade and wannabe poker players trying to get their hands on a lot of money, and more importantly (in some cases) a bracelet and the title of WSOP event champion.

Up to last week’s report, we had just one ‘two time’ bracelet winner in this year’s WSOP. Nobody has managed to equal George Danzer’s multiple bracelet win, but what we do have is our first ‘two time’ bracelet runner up. That accolade goes to Brandon Shack-Harris who followed up his 2nd place in Event #18 $10,000 Seven Card Razz on 6th June, with a 2nd place in Event #46 $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Before we feel too sorry for him, he did pocket over $1.2 million from those two events. 

It’s not all doom and gloom for Stack-Harris though. His first cash of the WSOP was his 1st place victory in Event #3 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha where he bested 1,127 other players to take home a first prize of over $205,000. That’s an impressive list of 3 cashes, but he has cashed in one more event. He managed a 3rd place in Event #43 $1,500 Limit Holden, just two days before his 2nd place finish to John Hennigan in The Poker Player’s Championships. With over $1.4m in cashes so far and sitting 2nd place to George Danzer in the WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard, this could be one of the greatest WSOP runs of all time for Shack-Harris. Phil Ivey managed an incredible five Final Tables in just twelve days during WSOP 2012, so that’s a target I’m sure he’ll have in his mind.

Vanessa Selbst is still the only woman to pick up a bracelet, but Melissa Burr has been knocking on the door over the past month. She has made four WSOP Final tables so far, but unfortunately for her, she can only post a 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th on her profile. It’s hard to feel upset when you’ve picked up cheques totalling over $266k though!

In total, they’ve now played 48 bracelet events, with 47 different winners. The 50,000 player mark has been broken and the players have taken home prize money of over $88m! The Final Tables might not have been peppered with all the time names, but the total number of cashes is. Despite not managing a cash over the last ten days, Humberto Brenes leads the way on 8 cashes. His best finish being his 14th place in Event #28 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em. Following him closely with 7 cashes are Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Matt Glantz and Nick Schulman among others. The great Phil Hellmuth has 6, but we’re pretty sure that won’t be where his journey ends. The WSOP bracelet record holder with a magnificent 13 in his collection, now has 106 WSOP cashes and earnings totalling $12.4m. Love him or hate him, the guy is a machine and I for one, get a little buzz every time he’s deep in an event because one thing that Hellmuth always brings to the table is entertainment, and you can never say no to the ‘Poker Brat’ stealing the limelight.