Larry Wright Wins WSOP Bracelet
Larry Wright won his first World Series of Poker bracelet yesterday in the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball event, netting himself $101,975 in the process. His victory comes ten years after his first WSOP cash and four since his only other final table appearance. Wright, who only started learning the game four days before the tournament started, has now enjoyed three cashes at this year’s series.
The final day began with just seven players left in the tournament, and the day didn’t prove to be a long one as eliminations came quickly. Mike Mizrachi started brightly, eliminating Ryan Tepen, but luck deserted him midway through the day and he ended up finishing fourth. Andrew Lichtenberger also made a positive start, sending Rep Porter to the rail, but his tournament ended when he was eliminated in third. Erick Lindgren had meanwhile ended up as the fifth-place finisher; he had been short for much of the day and never really got going.
That left Brandon Cantu heads-up with Wright for the title, with the latter holding a narrow chip lead. Wright built on his advantage, and slowly ground down Cantu, never falling behind. The heads-up battle lasted just an hour, with Wright keeping the pressure on throughout. Eventually Cantu’s stack was worn down; he made his stand but Wright’s hand held and he took down the title.
Payouts at the final table were as follows:
1. Larry Wright – $101,975
2. Brandon Cantu – $63,048
3. Andrew Lichtenberger – $41,445
4. Michael Mizrachi – $28,198
5. Erick Lindgren – $19,676
6. Rep Porter – $14,078
7. Ryan Tepen – $10,318
The $1,000 Seniors NL Hold’em Championship was also due to crown a winner yesterday, but the four remaining players decided to retire to bed with a cup of cocoa before it got too late, so they will resume today to find a winner. Dennis Phillips, third in the 2008 Main Event, leads the way with 5.3 million chips ahead of Bob Phelps with 3.4 million. Hoyt Corkins is the most experienced player left, boasting two WSOP bracelets and well over $5 million in career earnings, while Allyn Jaffrey Shulman is seeking to become the first female winner of 2012. Both have a little work to do, sitting on 1.9 million and 1.6 million chips, respectively.
Nineteen players are left in the $1,500 NL Hold’em tournament, with former Main Event winner Joe Cada the leader going into the scheduled final day. He is unlikely to have it all his own way though, as the field still boasts players of the quality of Cherish Andrews, Carter Phillips, JC Tran and Dwyte Pilgrim.
Even fewer players remain in the $10,000 HORSE event, but there is even more quality still on display. John Monette, who counts a win and a third place among his four cashes already this year, is in prime position to make another deep run, having bagged 825,000 chips at the end of Day 2 – a substantial lead over second-placed David Bach. He isn’t the only player looking for his second bracelet of 2012, however, as Phil Hellmuth is still in the event, and, lying in fourth, remains in excellent shape. Both will have very fierce competition; the field also includes David “Bakes” Baker, Matt Waxman, Abe Mosseri, Dan Kelly, Scott Clements and a short-stacked Phil Ivey. Everyone left is guaranteed a cash as the bubble burst towards the end of Day 2; those who have already left with at least a little profit on the tournament include Bertrand Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Joe Tehan, Nick Schulman and JohnD’Agostino.
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