Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jeff Lisandro Steals His 3rd WSOP Bracelet

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Jeff Lisandro had clinched his second WSOP bracelet at a Seven Card Stud event. Well, the guy is continuing to light up the tables. He took down his third bracelet at the $10k Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event, walking away with over $430,000 in prize money.

Along with Phil Ivey and Brock Parker, Lisandro is a multiple braclet winner for the 2009 WSOP.

Frankly, had he not won the $10k Stud event, we're fairly certain he would have walked with the bracelet anyway.

"Seriously, if you win, I'm just going to take the bracelet from you out in the parking lot."

In all seriousness, good show, Jeff.

The durrrr Challenge Gets Exciting... Finally

Just last week, we were saying how mind-numbingly tedious the "durrrr Challenge" had become. We would rather have listened to the guy on the right tell us bad jokes all night...

Well, the durrrr Challenge heated up a few days ago. At one point, Tom "durrrr" Dwan was up over $700,000 on Patrik Antonius. It took 4,253 hands and 15 hours, but he did it.

Geez, have we mentioned how white he is?

Anyway, as of today, he's up a half million for the year. That may not seem like a lot for a guy who's used to nosebleed stakes. But, keep in mind he was down $4 million at one point.

Now, if we can only have a few more bouts like the recent one between he and Antonius, we might actually start caring about the durrrr Challenge again.

Doyle Brunson Fights For His 11th Bracelet

Doyle "The Boss" Brunson is practically a staple of the WSOP.

"What did you call me?"

With 10 bracelets under his belt, he's hoping to take down his 11th this Saturday. To date, Hellmuth holds the record with 11 bracelets.

But, Brunson's aiming to join him at the top of the poker heap. He hasn't won a major bracelet for a few years, but we're definitely rooting for him. C'mon, how can you not like this guy?

And Speaking Of Phil Hellmuth...

The self-described Poker Brat was hoping to widen the gap between he and Brunson (and Johnny Chan) by locking in his 12th WSOP bracelet. He wanted to take it down at the $2k Limit Hold'em event this past Saturday.

Alas, it was not to be. We're sure Phil is pretty disappointed since his crown may soon be at stake.

Update On The U.S. Poker Seizures

The recent poker asset seizures that we told you about have definitely taken their toll. Poker Stars saw their traffic decline 7%. Full Tilt Poker was able to get a few replacement payment processors up and running, so they seem to be doing fine.

Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker may be on the federal prosecutors' radar soon. But, a lot of folks are switching from checks to bank wires, which seems to be working for now.

Another week, another wrap. To recap...

  1. Jeff Lisandro shows the poker world who the real stud is.
  2. The durrrr Challenge shows a brief spark of excitement (and Dwan still needs a tan).
  3. Good 'ole Doyle Brunson is battling for his 11th bracelet on Saturday (Go, Brunson!).
  4. Phil Hellmuth lets a 12th bracelet slip through his fingers.
  5. U.S. federal prosecutors haven't touched wires... yet.

As always, bringing you the poker news that's fit to print.

See you next time...

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