WSOP 2015: What we're watching
The World Series of Poker is just a little more than a week away from its Main Event, and with one weekend to go before we have all our boots on the ground, we're chomping at the bit. We have a few people to blame for that.
Heading into this weekend, there are a few things to which we're paying particular attention in advance of the big one. Here's where our eyes will be this weekend.
No one who knows poker is going to forget the year Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer had in 2014. He won three gold bracelets. It earned him 2014 WSOP Player of the Year honors. What's more, he did it all so humbly, you would've hardly known he had the best year of is career.
This year, Danzer has twice threatened to win his fourth WSOP title. He cashed in the $10,000 Heads-Up event and finished 10th in the $10,000 2-7 lowball championship.
Now, he's poised to make another bracelet run. With 21 players left in the $1,500 PLO8 event, Danzer sits third in chips. It's the deepest run he's ever made in a WSOP PLO8 event, and if he can find some of this 2014 mojo, he might take another step toward legendary status.
He will, however, have stiff competition. Among the big names still in contention: Galen Hall, Connor Drinan, Erik Seidel, and fellow Team Pro Vanessa Selbst.
The final 21 are now back, and we'll have our eyes on Danzer.
As many people know, Terrence Chan the poker-playing, MMA-fighting, SCOOP-crushing Renaissance man is also a one-time PokerStars employee. He was there at the beginning of it all and has since taken his talents to countless different arenas of poker, business, and fighting. Hell, yesterday, he took a break from the $10,000 Limit Hold'em event to wrestle the giant Huck Seed outside the Rio (security broke it up before Seed could tap out).
Chan began yesterday's play in the Limit Championship fairly low in chips but, because he is a legit limit master (see his SCOOP titles for reference on just how good he is) managed to rebuild his stack and finish with the final 11 players vying for the bracelet at $290,000 first prize.
I'm one of the last 11 players left in the 10k Limit Hold'em. I am hoping to win the tournament. #ObligatoryUpdates— Terrence Chan (@tchanpoker) June 26, 2015
That is all a long way of saying, despite the fact Chan isn't officially associated with PokerStars anymore, he is still a great friend to the PokerStars Blog, and we'll be keeping watch on his progress today.
CHAD BROWN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
While it's not happening this weekend, we're still getting the word out about an event that is close to our hearts.
As we mentioned earlier, the second annual Chad Brown Memorial Tournament is happening Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. PokerStars has put up a 2016 PCA Main Event seat as part of the prize pool. Other prizes include a 2015 WSOP Main Event seat, a WPT seat and VIP package, HPT seat, mentoring with Zen Poker, a PPC Poker Tour Main Event Seat with travel package, $500 credit with WPT Travel, Poker Academy training with last year's winner Rick Fuller, and more.
The event begins at 6pm with a silent auction and cocktail hour. The tourney starts at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament will help raise funds for important research by the T.J. Martell Foundation's Sarcoma Research Projects. These funds will drive clinical trials and new drug discoveries.
So, that's what we're watching right now. What do you have your eyes on? Tell us on twitter: @PokerStarBlog.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging