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The Second Week Of The WSOP In Review

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The second week at the World Series of Poker was even bigger than the first week in many regards. Let's take a look at the week two highlights:

•    Professional poker player Steve Sung was the “Stimulus” 1K NLHE tournament winner. Dan Heimiller came in as the chip leader at the final table but would crash and burn to finish in 6th place.

•    The popular and ever so young Jason Mercier would win his 1st bracelet in the 1.5K Pot Limit Omaha event. Mercier would outlast respected pro's such as An Tran, Dario Alioto, and Matt Giannetti to take home the title.

•    On the other end of the age spectrum from Jason Mercier (who is in his low 20's), there was the $10,000 7 card stud champion Freddie Ellis. Ellis won his first bracelet at the ripe old age of 72 making him the 2nd oldest bracelet winner in WSOP history. A visibly tired and moved Ellis commented after the tournament that he wished that his wife, who had passed away a few years earlier, could have been there to share the moment with him.

•    In the first 1.5K NLHE event, Travis Johnson was the victor as he outlasted a field of 2,791 players to win nearly 700K.

•    One of the biggest stories of the week, however, was Phil Ivey. Ivey won his 6th bracelet, this time in No Limit Deuce to Seven as he would overcome a short stack at the beginning of the final table to come back and win the event in dominating fashion. Just a few days later, Ivey almost did it again when he finished in the top 20 of a NLHE event.

•    The six handed NLHE event didn't see any big name professionals making the final table but that mattered little to Ken Aldridge who won $428,259 and his first WSOP bracelet.

•    The 2.5K Pot Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha mixed event went to internet professional player Rami Boukai. Boukai defeated a strong field of 453 players to take home nearly a quarter million dollars.

•    The 2K NLHE event saw Anthony Harb win his first bracelet as he defeated a large field of 1,646 players to win over half a million dollars.

•    Ville Wahlbeck had taken third in a previous event and once he made the final table of the 10K Mixed event he had his eyes set on only one place... first. Wahlbeck would defeat the likes of David Chiu, Huck Seed, and Todd Brunson to do just that. His victory was worth just under half a million dollars.

•    In the 2.5K NLHE tournament, unknown but successful professional poker player Keven Stammen outlasted players like Phil Ivey who finished in 18th to win his first bracelet and over half a million dollars.

•    Besides Phil Ivey, probably the 3rd biggest story of the week was probably the play of Daniel Negreanu who would finish 2nd in the 2.5K 6 handed limit hold em event and 4th in the 10K limit Omaha 8 event.

•    Without question though the biggest story of the week was the play of Brock Parker. Not only did he defeat Daniel Negreanu after facing a massive chip disadvantage heads up in the 2.5K 6 handed limit event to win his first bracelet, he took only three more days to claim his 2nd bracelet when he won the 2.5K 6 handed no limit hold em event. Brock should easily surge to the top of the player of the year rankings after the two wins and it's going to be really hard for someone to pass him by. There's something about 2.5K 6 handed hold em events that Parker likes because he's dominated them.

•    Cousin of the recently deceased poker media member Justin Shronk, Brian Lemke won the $5,000 No Limit Hold Event to take home almost 700K. It was an emotional night for Lemke and many members of the media who had lost a close friend and family member just recently.

•    Jeffrey Lisandro proved he knows Stud when he won his 2nd Stud bracelet in three years in the 1.5K 7 Card Stud high event.

•    High stakes player Lisa Hamilton outlasted over 1,000 other women to win the Ladies NLHE event. Besides the bracelet, Hamilton collected nearly 200K for her win.

•    Daniel Alaei outlasted top professionals like Annie Duke, Daniel Negreanu, and Scott Clements to win his 2nd WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 limit Omaha High Low event. Alaei's win was worth nearly 450K.

The third week looks as if it will be just as exciting. Keep reading PokerWorks.com for our daily coverage and color commentary of what's going on.

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