2007 WSOP: OmahaEd nearly clinches bracelet

At the start of the day, no one really thought Ed "OmahaEd" Tonnellier had a shot at the bracelet. In fact, he didn't even think he had a shot in the $2,500 Omaha. At 3pm, he was already making plans to register for the 5pm Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event. He was short-stacked and vulnerable to the rising levels. He figured he had one good hand. If his hand held, he'd have another one or two. Otherwise, it was a little profit and onto the next tournament.

Ed never made it to that 5pm tournament.

Late afternoon saw Ed running over the table. He brutalized John Phan, then David Benyamine, then Chris Bell. With the dinner break in the offing, he offed Annie Duke. Before he knew it, he was heads up.

And then before he knew it, he was standing on the rail.

"It wasn't supposed to happen that fast," he said.

As it happened, Ed found himself coming up with huge draws and second best hands too much. With the levels so high, and Tom Schneider already having a good chip lead, there wasn't much Ed could do.

And so tonight, he finds himself $118,000 richer and looking forward to the next tournament. While he's a PokerStars Supernova and has done well in recent tournaments, he said he was playing on a shorter bankroll than he would've liked. Now, he's planning to play as many of the Omaha and HORSE events as he can.

But what about the $50,000 HORSE event.

"I told myself if I had a $200,000 score, I'd play the $50K HORSE event," he said.


Well, yes. That's how confident he is. While never cocky, Ed is the type of guy who is supremely confident in his game and feels like he could hang with the people who will be playing in the big one.

Congratulations to OmahaEd for picking up his biggest cash, yet.


We should also take the time to congratulate Jon "pokertrip" Friedberg. If you see him playing on PokerStars, you'll see his player icon is a WSOP bracelet. That's the one he won here last year. Today, he made another final table and ended up placing third in the $1,5000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for $101,276.

Congrats, Jon on another good score.

Brad Willis
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