WSOP 2011: Lind and Chen eye bracelets
He's sick. He's exhausted. He's on the verge of doing something he's never done before.
Until last night, George Lind III had never made a World Series of Poker final table. It seemed inconceivable to those who know him and his record. He's been a poker pro for ten years. For a long time, he was a king of PokerStars Supernova Elites. He's made final tables in the World Championship of Online Poker and Spring Championship of Online Poker. In all that time, however, he's never placed better than 10th at a WSOP event. That changed last night when Lind hit the final table of the WSOP $10,000 Omaha/8 Championship in Las Vegas. What's more, he did it while battling the casino crud.
"I swear there's something in the air here in Vegas that doesn't agree with me because every year I come here I get sick in the first week or two," he wrote on his blog. "I rarely ever get sick anywhere else."
When Lind wakes up in Las Vegas today, he will have to defeat only two players two win his first WSOP bracelet. With three players remaining, Lind has about half the chips in play. If he can dispatch with Steve Billirakis and Viacheslav Zhukov, he'll have the gold on his wrist before he goes to sleep again. A win would bank him nearly half a million bucks. For his sake, we're hoping he wakes up feeling better than he did when he went to bed.
Not to be outdone, Friend of PokerStars Bill Chen has a shot at a bracelet today, too. When he comes back to the $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em event today, he'll be fourth in chips with ten players remaining.
Chen, as you're probably aware, is no stranger to WSOP final tables. Back in 2006, he won two bracelets in the same year. He's been one of our PokerStars buddies ever since. If Chen manages a win today, it will be worth more than $350,000 and his third WSOP bracelet.
Good luck guys!
Update: Lind finished runner-up in his event. Chen ended up finishing in fourth place. Congrats on the great showings, gentlemen.
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