WSOP 2014: Team Pro rising
Let's talk about Team Pro at the World Series of Poker, shall we?
Last night, Alex Kravchenko came within one player of winning a second WSOP bracelet. George Danzer (fresh off his first WSOP bracelet) crushed the first day of the $10,000 Stud/8 event. Daniel Negreanu put up another cash. That was just another day at the WSOP.
So far this year, barely a day has gone by without a member of Team Pro not sitting high on a leaderboard. And that's without the full Team Pro and Team Online crews being out in in Vegas all summer. There are other events going on, there are personal decisions in play, and...well, there are those games going on down in South America right now that have the world transfixed.
Nevertheless, Team PokerStars has been a presence so far this year. How so? The WSOP has been maintaining Top 20 lists so far this year, and it's a good place to look for Team Pros.
The list of the top 20 overall earners at the WSOP so far this year includes three Team Pros. Vanessa Selbst ($876,665), Joe Cada ($670,041), and George Danzer ($419,678) sit among the top earners for the summer. That's no great surprise, because all three have won bracelets this year.
So, let's take a look at the number of in the money finishes. Sitting atop that top 20 list is none other than Humberto Brenes. He already has seven cashes so far this year. If he gets one more, he will have 80 career in-the-money finishes at the WSOP and move into third place for that lifetime superlative. Also in the top 20 for cashes this year is Daniel Negreanu. He's gone to the cage four times for more than $200,000 in cash. It should be noted, also, he was within one player of earning his seventh WSOP bracelet.
As the only female bracelet winner so far this year, it's no surprise Selbst tops the lists for women on earnings in 2014. But dig a little deeper and you will find she is one solid cash away from being the WSOP's top-earning female...ever. Selbst and her $2.1 million in WSOP earnings is just $60,000 behind Annette Obrestad.
The World Series is just a little more than halfway through its summer, and more Team Pros are planning to arrive in time to make some money. I don't suppose there's any question there will be more to come.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging