Brits coming up short at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas
British poker fans were cheering on two fronts over the weekend as homegrown players were reaching final tables all over the place at this year’s WSOP.
First up were Praz Bansi and Peter Gould in the $1,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event, who, after the elimination of Surindar Sunar shortly before the final table, were going for Britain’s first bracelet of the festival.
It wasn’t to be, however, with Praz going in 7th after an A-10 vs. A-J confrontation went south, and Gould hit the rails in 3rd. US player Ken Aldridge took down the title, winning $428,259.
Next up was Event 10, the $2,500 Mixed Event (Pot Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha). Rami Boukai won the tournament, taking home $244,862 but had to fight off three British challenges, in the shape of Ben “milkybarkid” Grundy, Paul Parker, and John Kabbaj.
Kabbaj departed in 8th and London circuit regular Parker in 6th after his A-6 ran into the A-K of Boukai and bricked. Grundy nearly went all the way before being rivered in the Omaha round by Najib Bennani, Grundy’s A-A-A-7 falling to Bennani’s 4-Q-J-K that managed to hit a J on the turn and the fateful K on the river. Grundy took home $99,574 for his 3rd place but appeared visibly disheartened by the whole affair as he left the table.
Meanwhile, after a slew of American winners in the lower buy-in events, another in the shape of Brock Parker managed to hold off the challenge of Daniel Negreanu to take down Event 14 - $2,500 Six-handed Limit Hold'em.
Daniel Negreanu was gunning for his 6th bracelet but Parker, widely regarded as a formidable Limit player by his peers despite not yet being a household name, battled back from a massive chip defecit when Negreanu went card dead. Parker takes home $223,688 for his work.