The 2009 WSOP began in style last Thursday with the first event, the Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em event.
Andrew Cohen took the bracelet, and the $80,000+ prize, on the second day beating out a field of over 800 other players.
Cohen, 39, who works as a bartender at the Palms Casino, had the right attitude even after winning the game, saying “…I don’t care about the money … It’s the bracelet that counts…”
That is an excellent attitude to start this years WSOP with.
With seven weeks of play, we will be leaving the blow-by-blow, and day-to-day reporting to bigger and better poker news sites. Luckily for us, sites such as PokerNews and Bluff magazine have reporters on the ground at the event in Vegas and will do an excellent job of reporting the highlights and the interesting play.
That means that we can cherry pick the really interesting stuff here.
Event number 2, the $40,000 No Limit Hold’em was won by Vitaliy Lunkin out of a field of over two hundred. His effort get him a bracelet and a cheque for $1.8 million, winning the final showdown with a very nice pocket aces which held up.
Thang luu won event number 3, the $1,500 Omaha Hi/lo 8-or-better, to take home the top prize of over a quarter of a million dollars. And in the process he set some kind of record, as he also won this same event last year, making it two in a row.
At the time of writing, Event number 4, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, is still in play. There are over 6,000 players entered to this event, making the top prize over three quarters of a million dollars, and the final ten percent of the field can expect a payout.
In a nice touch, this years bracelet winners will receive their prize in a little ceremony scheduled during daylight hours, instead of the more usual practice of receiving it right after the event ends, which often times is during the night when all but the most die-hard fans have given up and gone to bed.
This move should bring a small amount of extra publicity to some of the lesser known events, and their deserving winners, whihc should be good not only for them, but also for the public perception of the game in general, and the world series in particular.
The first such ceremony should take place today, June 1st, and hopefully this will be continued in future years, making this a nice tradition.