World Series of Poker Update: Hellmuth Gets Record 11th Braclet; Levitt Ties Record That Can Never be Broken

We came to Vegas so my wife, Jeannette, could play in the Ladies Event at the World Series of Poker. It is my dream for her to win, and she kindly humors me with it. She played well, but got no cards — or, that’s what she says at least. She outlasted a number of big name pros, but went out on the first day.

Today, there’s big news from the WSOP: Phil Hellmuth won a record 11th braclet.

Meanwhile, I also played in my first WSOP event. The game was no-limit hold ’em. Each player started with 5,000 chips.

So what record did I tie? The record for least number of pots won by a player in a WSOP event: zero. I played for almost two hours and did not win a single hand. I didn’t even manage to steal the blinds once. Despite promising Phil Gordon seconds before the tournament that I would not let ace-queen be my undoing, I lost two big pots with those hole cards (both times an Ace came up on the flop; neither time did the opponent have an ace; both times I still lost). I probably played them wrong both times.

The beauty of the WSOP is that there is always another event the next day. Maybe I’ll give it another try tomorrow… there’s nowhere to go but up.

Or, if I’m smart, I’ll make my wife play in my place.


711buddha

I'll be there tomorrow.

Did you see Allen Cinningham got #5?

frankenduf

ladies event?- what's the distinction, pink cards?

Dan G

Are they implying that women are inherently worse/better at poker than men, thus necessitating a ladies event?

dschwartz

The Ladies Event has been a fixture for many years. It has been debated for several years whether it is needed or not, yet it endures.

Jed Lewison

The best thing that could happen to poker would be if a woman won the WSOP main event this year.

It would both expand the WSOP's popularity immensely as well as bring in a ton of new, inexperienced (and cute!) players.

How's pokernomics going?

dickgrogan

You have to bet hard when you get a high pair on the flop, since it can be relatively easily beat by the following cards on the table. Yet, the odds are against anyone beating it, so you have to let the other players know that you have that Ace.

Princess Leia

I won $91 chopping second and third with a friend at 1:45am during our Memorial Day Memorial a couple of weekends ago.

You guys need to come for one of our no-limit hold 'em tourneys... They sound a lot more fun than wsop.

711buddha

Steven - you got a mention in Phil Gordon's WSOP podcase. One of his highlights for day 10 was meeting you.

5CardStud

I think my alltime favorite was the following hand on youtube where, Juha Helppi (from Finland), turns Hellmuth into a girl scout...granted this was not in Las Vegas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i1MOrvM5u0

711buddha

I'll be there tomorrow.

Did you see Allen Cinningham got #5?

frankenduf

ladies event?- what's the distinction, pink cards?

Dan G

Are they implying that women are inherently worse/better at poker than men, thus necessitating a ladies event?

dschwartz

The Ladies Event has been a fixture for many years. It has been debated for several years whether it is needed or not, yet it endures.

Jed Lewison

The best thing that could happen to poker would be if a woman won the WSOP main event this year.

It would both expand the WSOP's popularity immensely as well as bring in a ton of new, inexperienced (and cute!) players.

How's pokernomics going?

dickgrogan

You have to bet hard when you get a high pair on the flop, since it can be relatively easily beat by the following cards on the table. Yet, the odds are against anyone beating it, so you have to let the other players know that you have that Ace.

Princess Leia

I won $91 chopping second and third with a friend at 1:45am during our Memorial Day Memorial a couple of weekends ago.

You guys need to come for one of our no-limit hold 'em tourneys... They sound a lot more fun than wsop.

711buddha

Steven - you got a mention in Phil Gordon's WSOP podcase. One of his highlights for day 10 was meeting you.

5CardStud

I think my alltime favorite was the following hand on youtube where, Juha Helppi (from Finland), turns Hellmuth into a girl scout...granted this was not in Las Vegas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i1MOrvM5u0