WSOP weekend round-up: blow-ups, bracelets and tragedy
Chip leads might look good on paper (or felt), but converting them into the 'Big W' is another matter. Just ask Scott Seiver. In Event #23: $2,500 Seven-Card Stud, Seiver controlled over 50% of the chips with just four players left. Five hours later, that percentage was nothing but a memory.
The PCA Super High Roller winner hit the rail courtesy of five-time bracelet winner David Chiu in a classic heads-up battle of youth vs. experience and stubble vs. no stubble. Clean-shaven Chui collected $145,520 in winner's prize money to Seiver's $89,980, and the 52-year-old's win kick-started a weekend heater for those who remember poker before it was improved by a keyboard and mouse.
68-year-old Kenneth Lind was the main highlight, banking $634,809 for the win in Event #26: $1,000 Seniors NLHE, and in Event #24: $1,500 NLHE, no less than two young EPT champs were stopped in their tracks by 'ancient' 36-year-old college professor, Corey Harrison.
Both 2011 EPT Loutraki champ, Zimnan Ziyard (7th for $54,191), and 2012 Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final winner, Mohsin Charania (6th for $72,208), were chasing their first World Series success, but were out-schooled by Harrison, who earned $432,411 and the envy of teachers worldwide.
Elsewhere, Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske is riding high after bagging up 175,000 chips - good for seventh place - in Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. Just 28 players remain after fellow Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero's late bust on Day 2, and Luske will be hoping the rungood that saw him win five tournaments in five months was packed alongside his trademark shades for Vegas.
However, sadly, these past few days haven't all been about poker for many at the World Series. On Saturday, former Sunday Million final tablist, Kevin 'Phwap' Boudreau, was hospitalised and placed in an induced coma after suffering severe bleeding in his brain. News on Boudreau is still patchy, but poker pros from around the world were quick to offer their sympathies and support, including Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, who tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with fellow poker pro @KevinPhwap".
Like many others currently sweating Boudreau's condition, the PokerStars Blog wishes him a speedy a recovery and hope he returns to the tables as soon as possible.
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Keir Mackay is a copywriter for PokerStars. WSOP photos courtesy of PokerPhotoArchive.