The series is practically over with just the big final to be played in late October, however we decided we would take a little look back at exactly what were the most memorable and important moments during the series.
In our view these were those moments:
1. Selbsts Wins Her Second WOSP Bracelet In The $2,500 10-Game Event
This victory cemented her position as not only the best female poker player in the world but also one of the best poker players in the world. This bracelet was the first a woman had won since the last she achieved it back in 2008.
This was also the first ever mixed event bracelet ever to be won by a woman. She is already known for her excellent capabilities in both NL Hold’em and in PL Omaha, this bracelet just further proved her versatility.
2. Hellmuth Wins His 12th WSOP Bracelet
Whether you love the guy or hate the guy, everyone has to acknowledge the man’s pure poker skills.
When he plays a final table, the world watches in anticipation, and even the most ardent Hellmuth fans are more than likely secretly rooting for him.
Once he got to heads up in the $2,500 Razz event, it was plain sailing as he had a massive chip advantage. It was even more perfect for him as nobody close to his 12 bracelets managed to win this year so he increased his gap to 2.
3. Phil Ivey Makes 5 Final Table Appearances
Phil Ivey’s achievement of making 5 final tables has been greeted with a mixed response. Some have claimed it shows he is still arguably the greatest player in the world right now, where others point to the fact that he didn’t manage one win out of the five.
We think it is still a good accomplishment seeing as he took a year out of poker and didn’t play in any previous WSOP or WSOPE events for over a year. To come back and make 5 final tables is not something an ordinary player could achieve.
4. Hille And Baumann Lose Out On The Bubble Of The Final Table Placings
Whilst the final table this year is lacking any real star names or stories, we certainly had drama and the possibility of two women on the final table for the first time since 1985.
It wasn’t to be though as both Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann finished 11th and 10th, just missing out on the final table. Still it was the highest finishes for a woman since the 10th Place Annie Duke managed back in 2000.
5. Mizrachi Wins His Second Poker Players Championship
While Hellmuth was cementing his own legendary status, Mizrachi was becoming one for the first time. He achieved this by becoming the first player to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for the second time.
He has been acknowledged a superstar of poker for some time now, but this victory officially made him jump into the legendary group of poker players.