Bracelet after bracelet is being won by the pros and final table after final table is stacked full of the best in the world.
Several big names are dominating the field, including Chris Ferguson with 4 cashes, 2 of those final tables and 1 just shy.
Clonie Gowen already picked up 4 cashes just into the middle stages of the series, a 15th, 60th, and two 34th place finishes.
David Benyamine has made three final tables and won his first bracelet in the $10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo Split.
Phil Ivey is one of the few pros that hasn’t made a splash yet, although he has bet on himself to get there. I have a bet on him with Huck Seed – which let’s just say things are looking good for me so far.
Phil is playing almost every event being offered, playing multiple on some days and I even heard a rumor he was planning on playing the ladies event. He had people look up the rules to see if there was any stipulation that a male couldn’t play and there wasn’t.
He never did show to play that day – guess he wasn’t feeling in touch with his feminine side that morning.
One interesting thing I saw while watching the $2,000 Pot limit event #38 was a misdeal that could have totally changed a lot in the tournament.
When it was down to about 49 players the table that featured Michael Binger and Shane Schleger had a misdeal occur. The dealer announced the misdeal and went to collect the already dealt cards. In what was a ridiculous deal the following happened:
- Chip leader Michael Binger had J-J under the gun with 190,000 in chips
- Seat 3 had A-Q hearts with 30,000 in chips
- Shane Schleger had K-K with 150,000 in chips
- The button had A-K off with 40,000 in chips
It’s very likely if there hadn’t been a misdeal 1 or more opponents would have been out and someone would have found themselves with a lot more chips.
All of the players were shocked, Binger wasn’t mad, though as he said he most likely would have had to fold preflop. Schleger didn’t seem too thrilled with the occurrence, holding the dominating hand.
None of those players ended up making the final table and Davidi Kitai from Belgium took the bracelet.
The WSOP is keeping a pro versus amateur bracelet scoreboard and here is what it reads thus far:
- Pros: 30
- Amateurs: 5
- Semi-Pro: 2
With only a couple weeks left, and the Main Event madness starting in about a week it will be interesting to see what develops.