The biggest tournament in the history of poker may be over, but the World Series continues in Las Vegas, with plenty more bracelets up for grabs before the Main Event brings the series to a close in mid-July, so there is plenty more action to report on.
Unfortunately, the most important piece of action yesterday happened away from the tables. Having finished as runner-up in the Big One, Sam Trickett collected more than $10 million in prize money and, unsurprisingly, went out with girlfriend Natasha Sandhu to celebrate. The two were attacked by six men during the evening, with Trickett getting beaten up while Sandhu had her face spat in. Fortunately, Trickett didn’t sustain any serious injuries and, while it isn’t clear whether any robbery occurred, it doesn’t seem to have been the motive for the attack.
Back at the tables, Tomas Junek won his first bracelet, along with $661,022 for winning the $1,500 NL Hold’em event. The Czech player, who had only one small live cash to his name prior to the tournament, overcame a field of 2,798 to bag his prize. Among the players he had to see off at the final table was former Main Event winner Peter Eastgate.
Twenty-seven players will head to the final day of the $10,000 NL Hold’em Six-Handed tournament, with Britain’s Christopher Brammer atop the leaderboard. He will face some stiff competition, however, as Andrew Lichtenberger, Eddy Sabat, Roberto Romanello, Jason Mercier, Tony Hachem, Shannon Shorr, Layne Flack and Eugene Katchalov are all still around.
The $3,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo is also set to enter its final scheduled day, and thirty-one players still remain in this one. Felicia Johnico, enjoying her third cash this series, is the overnight leader but there are plenty of big names left in this event also, with Yuval Bronshtein, David “ODB” Baker, Stephen Su, Bryan Devonshire, Anthony Lellouche and Scotty Nguyen all still vying for the title.
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