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In the past four months, Joey Weissman has gone from sleeping on his friend’s Las Vegas couch to living a sun-baked dream on the beaches of Costa Rica. The difference in his life couldn’t be more stark, and the sky under which he awakes isn’t the only reason. Since that early June couch-surfing, Weissman has won a World Series of Poker bracelet and nearly $ 700,000. He’s moved to Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. He’s currently waking to a dreamscape of beaches and beautiful women instead of couch cushion lint. He flew directly here from Costa Rica yesterday.
“I love it there. It’s unbelievable. It’s really relaxing,” Weissman said during the first break today. “The people are really friendly. The beaches are beautiful. The weather is beautiful. The girls are nice. I love everything about it.”
Last summer, Weissman played heads-up for four hours before winning his first bracelet, doing so famously for having his service dog Revis at the side of the stage the whole time. When it came time for the winner’s interview, Revis yawned, but Weissman had a new light in his eye. He told the WSOP’s Nolan Dalla at the time, “It’s just bad luck if you don’t bring your dog.”
But like many an American poker player, if Weissman wanted to continue his poker career, he had to play events like the World Championship of Online Poker. To do that meant leaving America and his dog behind. That kind of move is never an easy decision, but when WCOOP is putting up $ 55 million worth of prize pools, spending part of the year in Costa Rica is a no-brainer.
WCOOP turned out to be a push. He broke even, a result he declared “Could’ve been worse, could’ve been better obviously.”
But during his time in Playas del Coco, Weissman noticed online satellites to a place across the southern border called Panama.
“I saw that Panama was close, and if I could win a seat I would come,” he said. “I’ve never been to Panama, and I wanted to take advantage of it, and obviously PokerStars runs great events, and I didn’t want to miss it.”
That decision brought him to Panama City and his seat on the feature table today. In the first two levels of play, Weissman has managed to bust tour favorite Felipe Ramos and establish himself as one of the players to avoid on Day 1. It’s a kind of confidence he didn’t necessarily have six months ago and a kind of affirmation that comes with winning one of poker’s most coveted events.
“I can travel and I’m not really tied down to anything. That’s really the only thing that’s changed for me personally. That and the confidence of being able play in any big field and any tournament,” he said. “Obviously, I feel like I’ve improved a ton as a player due to my hard work and the people I surround myself with.”
The last part of that quote isn’t just a throw-away line for Weissman. He means it. Weissman is a man who puts more of a premium on a good life with friends than he does stacks of cash. For him, the biggest benefit of having a big bankroll is having the flexibility to live.
“I haven’t really been spending too much of it,” he said. “I just kind of spend money on traveling and experiences.”
And, woah, the experiences he’s had. To wit: just a few weeks ago as he was in the middle of the WCOOP grind, a gigantic earthquake hit Costa Rica. He and the rest of his crew came out okay, but it was a moment he won’t forget.
And so now, he’s experiencing something new with the rest of the LAPT. The man who likes to spend his time looking for new roads is blazing this first LAPT trail into Panama. After this, he’s thinking about spending some time traveling the live American circuit. It’s a chance to use that new-found confidence (and get back together with his dog).
For now, though, there is a matter of winning LAPT Panama. After all, even if it’s not about the money, first place money can buy a lot more experiences.
Tonight, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has done what no other woman has achieved since 2008. She won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Not since the summer of 2008 has a woman claimed a bracelet in an open-field WSOP event. In fact, the last female player to do it was…Vanessa Selbst.
A little after 11pm Vegas time, Selbst’s rumble over the $ 2,500 10-game field rolled to a stop. Behind the Team PokerStars Pro lay some 420 opponents in her tracks. There was nary a blink in time that Selbst wasn’t dominating the field. By the time the tournament reached the final table, it seemed as if everyone was competing for second place. Putting the gold bracelet on Selbst’s wrist was a formality that had to wait just a few hours.
Four years ago, Selbst won her first gold bracelet in a $ 1,500 PLO event. It was worth a little more than $ 227,000. Tonight, Selbst’s second gold came with a $ 244,259 payday. She is the first member of Team PokerStars Pro to win a bracelet so far this year. The cash also moves her to the number one spot on the Team Pro earnings list for the Series. She’s banked $ 446,605 in these cashes:
- Event #2, $ 1,500 NHLE, 4/2,101– $ 161,345
- Event #12, $ 10,000 NHLE HU, 9/152 — $ 20,674
- Event #46, $ 2,500 NLHE, 24/1,607– $ 20,327
- Event #52, $ 2,500 10-Game, 1/421 — $ 244,259
- In just the last six years, Selbst has won more than $ 5 million in live poker tournaments alone. Tonight’s win will move her into the top 60 winningest poker tournament players in history.
Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst on her second WSOP bracelet.
Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, well-known attorney and writer for Card Player Magazine, defeated a starting field of 4,128 entrants to win the 2012 World Series of Poker $ 1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship. At the conclusion of the four-day event, Shulman beat 2008 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Dennis Phillips heads-up to capture her first gold WSOP bracelet and first prize of $ 603,713.
Shulman is the first woman to win a mixed-gender WSOP event since Vanessa Selbst won her bracelet in 2008, breaking a streak of 249 straight male winners of gold bracelet events.
Another record was set with the win as well. Three members of the Shulman family made WSOP final tables in the span of one week.
Card Player publisher Barry Shulman made the final table of a $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em event while his son, Card Player CEO Jeff Shulman, made the final table of the $ 5,000 Limit Hold’em championship, finishing eighth and third respectively.
“With all due respect to the Brunsons,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, quoted by Card Player Magazine, “There is a new first family of poker in town, and they go by the name of Shulman.”
Huge Seniors Championship starting field
The Seniors event, open to players over the age of 50, set another record as well. The starting field of 4,128 players was the largest single day opening in poker history. The event was originally scheduled for three days but ran into a fourth day due to the size of the field.
Asked for comments after her win, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman said, “I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I feel so humbled by the whole experience that I don’t even know what to think. I have to process this for a little [while].”
Commenting on the fact that she broke the long-running streak of male-only bracelet winners, Shulman said, “I’m happy for myself, but I’m happy for all women that I won this, showing that any woman can win a poker tournament. I’d like to see more of them out there playing, feeling comfortable with going at it with the boys and winning.”
Phil Hellmuth outlasted a starting field of 309 players to take down WSOP Event #18 $ 2,500 Seven Card Razz. His prize was worth much more than the $ 182,793 first place cash he pocketed. Hellmuth’s win gave him his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet.
Hellmuth’s final opponent in the Seven Card Razz event was Don Zewin, who took third place in the 1989 World Series of Poker Main Event, where Hellmuth won his first WSOP bracelet in a classic match against two-time defending champion Johnny Chan.
Last year, Hellmuth finished in second place in three separate WSOP events. His twelve bracelet record is trailed by Chan and Doyle Brunson, who each have ten WSOP bracelets.
At last year’s WSOP, Hellmuth finished in second place in the $ 50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship, and the $ 10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.
With the $ 755,000 first prize he captured at age 24 at the 1989 series, Hellmuth was the youngest Main Event winner ever, a record that stood until 2008.
All of Hellmuth’s previous bracelets were won in Texas Hold’em tournaments.
Phil Hellmuth, one of poker’s best players ever, barely missed a third chance this year of winning his record 12th World Series of Poker bracelet. Hellmuth finished in second place in the $ 50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, losing to Brian Rast. Hellmuth won $ 1,063,034 for his efforts, but that was a far cry from the prestige of winning an unparalleled twelfth bracelet.
Hellmuth had already cashed four times in this year’s series, including two second place finishes in the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship and the $ 10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. He is known in the industry as the “Poker Brat” and regularly makes ostentatious entrances to poker tournaments.
For poker players, the $ 50,000 Poker Players’ Championship is considered the most prestigious of all WSOP events, even more so than the Main Event itself. The tournament challenges participants to demonstrate their skills in different poker variations until the Final Table, when the game shifts to No Limit Hold’em.
Previous winners of the event have been Chip Reese, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Michael Mizrachi and Freddy Deeb.
This year’s Poker Players’ Championship attracted 128 starters, creating a $ 6,144,000 prize pool. First place awarded Rast with $ 1,720,328, while Minh Ly finished third for $ 665,763.
Hellmuth holds the record of most WSOP bracelets, having won 11 over his poker career. All his bracelets were won in Texas Hold’em tournaments. He won his 11th bracelet, which put him ahead of poker legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
Hellmuth won his first WSOP bracelet in 1989, defeating two-time defending champion Johnny Chan. With the $ 755,000 first prize he captured at age 24, Hellmuth was the youngest Main Event winner ever, a record that stood until 2008.
In what was undeniably the most star-studded final table so far at the 42nd World Series of Poker, John Juanda took first place in Event #16 $ 10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, winning $ 367,170 and the coveted WSOP bracelet.
The win was Juanda’s 5th lifetime bracelet. In the process, he outlasted Phil Hellmuth, who was vying for his 12th WSOP bracelet.
Among the players who reached the event’s final table was 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, but he was eliminated in 9th place.
Juanda had finished in fourth place in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship in the past two years. When heads-up play began, Hellmuth had a 3-1 advantage in chips, but from that point, it was Juanda’s skill that led him to the victory. According to Poker News, Juanda “picked away at Hellmuth’s stack with methodical precision.” For finishing in second, Hellmuth received $ 226,907.
As Poker News noted, “Many in the poker world consider Juanda to be one of the best 2-7 no-limit players in the world.”
The final nine players in the tournament had a combined 21 WSOP bracelets and lifetime earnings just over $ 40,000,000. The only player who reached the final table who had not previously won a bracelet was Joe Cassidy, who ended up in 8th place.
The final table and their prizes:
1) John Juanda $ 367,170
2) Phil Hellmuth $ 226,907
3) Richard Ashby $ 143,833
4) Steve Sung $ 97,416
5) Nick Schulman $ 69,216
6) David Bakes Baker $ 51,485
7) Hasan Habib $ 40,020
8) Joe Cassidy $ 32,440
9) Greg Raymer $ 27,928