WSOP 2017: Barry Greenstein close to gold again
As the World Series of Poker fires back up today, there are varying degrees of satisfaction among the members of Team PokerStars Pro. There are some who will have to start fresh. There is one who could win a bracelet tonight. There are a couple more who are still legging out a marathon.
Here's a quick look at what we're watching tonight.
When play resumes today in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event, the final 15 of the 616-player starting field will be ready to play down to a bracelet. Right in the middle of that group sits Barry Greenstein.
Greenstein, a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, sits in eighth place as he goes for his fourth WSOP title.
Greenstein won his first bracelet 13 years ago in the $5,000 2-7 draw event. He followed that up in 2005 with a PLO title. Three years later, Greenstein won the $1,500 Razz event.
Over the course of Greenstein WSOP adventures, he's notched more than $3 million in Series winnings with 83 total WSOP cashes. In the last five years, Greenstein has come very close to winning a fourth bracelet several times. Tonight, he tries again.
Good luck, Barry.
JASON MERCIER & FELIPE RAMOS
You get the sense that Jason Mercier has a measure of regret. He made the decision to enter the WSOP Marathon Event (marathon meaning, of course, it lasts for-damned-ever). He neglected to remember he is good at this poker thing and that going deep would take up a significant portion of his time.
I rly have no clue why I played this marathon event. But I got 215k going to 1/2k with way too many ppl left #BraceletPunting— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 14, 2017
And so it will be: Jason Mercier returns today with an above-average stack in an event that has been going on for days and still hasn't even hit the money bubble.
If you were ever looking for a way to torture this particular Team Pro, you've found it.
Meanwhile, Mercier's fellow Team Pro Felipe Ramos is in a considerably better mood about all of this. He, too, has a better-than-average stack and is taking it a lot better than Mercier.
Here's to hoping that both of them are happy at the end of the night.
You've been keeping up with Negreanu's daily WSOP vlog right? If not, you're missing out. He and his team are doing some pretty cool work with it. Here's the most recent sample.
Part of the reason it's so watchable is that Negreanu is creating a lot of newsworthy material. He's made several deep runs and has been tantalizingly close to a seventh gold bracelet. What's he going to do today? We have no idea. But keep watching.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos courtesy PokerPhotoArchive.com