WSOP 2012: Brenes continues cashing streak
Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes is on a roll. Some people would call it a streak. He calls it a career. Last night Brenes put up his first cash of the 2012 World Series of Poker with a 35th place cash in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. Though it was only worth $5,469, it marks the eighth consecutive year Brenes has monied at the WSOP.
Brenes has more cashes than almost anybody in the history of the World Series of Poker. Only Phil Hellmuth, Men Nguyen, and Erik Seidel have monied in more Series tournaments. Brenes, meanwhile, has put up more than 60 cashes and more than $2 million in winnings.
Since Brenes started playing WSOP events 1987, there have only been three years (1997, 2001, and 2004) that the Shark failed to cash in at least one event. In the past 25 years at the WSOP, 2006 and its eight in-the-money finishes remains Brenes' best year. That was the same Series that he posted his biggest cash ($329,865 for a 36th place finish in the Main Event).
While Brenes' streak continues, he continues to fight for his elusive third bracelet. It's been 19 years since the Costa Rican Godfather of Poker won two bracelets in one year. In 1993, Brenes won back-to-back events with victories in $2,500 Limit Hold'em and $2,500 PLO tourneys. Since then he's posted three runner-up finishes and a bunch of final table appearances, but hasn't been able to pick up the third title.
Fortunately, the Shark has a lot of life in him and a lot of 2012 WSOP to go this year. With a little luck, he could pass Seidel on the all-time cashing list this year. Remember, the Shark is hungry, and it's an appetite that is still growling after a quarter-century at the WSOP.