WSOP 2013: Make it 72 for The Shark
This morning, Humberto Benes borrowed my ink pen to color the eyes of his toy shark black. He should've kept the pen to draw Xs over the eyes. The Shark has sunk.
I caught up with him as he walked to the payout cage moments ago.
"Did you see the hand?" he said, teeth exposed, smiling widely.
I had not. Though Humberto speaks little English and I speak almost no Spanish, it should've been difficult to communicate. Fortunately, a cooler is a cooler no matter whether you're in Vegas or Costa Rica.
Everyone folded to the blinds where the small blind made it 15,000 to play. Looking down at ace-king, Brenes made it 35,000. The small blind came back for 85,000. Brenes put it all in and got snap called.
His opponent had pocket kings, which was only made sicker by the fact that an ace came in the window. And the turn?
"The last king!" Brenes screamed.
And so it was that The Shark min-cashed the 2013 WSOP Main Event. It may not seem like a big deal until you consider this:
This is Humberto Brenes' 72nd WSOP in-the-money finish. Only three other people in the world (Phil Hellmuth, Men Nguyen, and Erik Seidel) have more. Brenes has earned more than $2.2 million at the WSOP and is now the subject burgeoning movement to have him inducted into poker's Hall of Fame.
Congratulations, Humberto. Next time I'll let you keep the pen.