WSOP Event #50: Barbero busts at first Series final

wsop2009_thn.gifIt was a shot at realizing a dream for Jose Barbero.

The Team PokerStars Argentina Pro has had no small amount of success in the poker world. He's posted big wins on the EPT, the WSOP, and at the PCA. One thing he hadn't done was make the final table of a World Series of Poker event.

When he secured his Round 2 victory in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout last night, it was clear what it meant to him. After sitting stoic for hours, his face broke into a huge smile. He bounded from his seat and yelled, "First final table, baby!"

And so, we began today with big hopes. "It's my dream," he said of winning a WSOP bracelet. Everyone knew it wouldn't be easy. Like Barbero, the other seven players at the table had won two back-to-back limit hold'em sit and gos. The competition was sure to be tough. At least two of his opponents already have WSOP bracelets. One, David Williams, is just a few years removed from nearly winning a Main Event bracelet.

The lead up to this point should make it fairly obvious that Barbero's day did not go well. In fact, "not well" is the nicest possible way to put it. Barbero suffered just about every kind of indignity a poker player can face and it sent him out in eighth place for $13,665.

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Meanwhile, Joep Van Den Bijgaart is doing his best to rally from a similar rough start. The Team PokerStars Holland Pro is also looking for his first bracelet. He's currently sitting on an average stack with seven players remaining.

Brad Willis
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