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Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #6 Frank Kassela

December 29, 2010 1 comment
Frank Kassela

Frank Kassela's Two WSOP Bracelet wins, and 3 final tables made him the 2010 WSOP Player of The Year

I’m hesitant to call Frank Kassela’s 2010 a “breakout year” because as it turns out, he’s been playing solid poker since 2003.  A regular at final tables in tournaments around the U.S. for the last 7 years, Kassela had his best professional year yet in 2010 and on the World’s biggest stage.  The Tennessee native has been at the World Series of Poker a number of times in the past, and is no stranger to WSOP final tables. In fact in 2005, he shipped in pocket Aces with 4 players remaining in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em event, and got a caller in Johnny Chan with Q-Q.  But Chan spiked the Q, and found a way to use those chips to collect his 10th WSOP Bracelet as Kassela exited the tournament in 4th place.  5 years later, Kassela started the WSOP strong as he finising in 10th place in a $1,500 buy in Limit Hold’em event when his pocket tens failed to hold against Terrence Chan’s Ac-Jc.  But the final table bubble was just a precursor to the best WSOP performance of the year, and an important stepping stone to becoming the 2010 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. Read more…

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The Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #9 Jonathan Duhamel

December 28, 2010 2 comments
Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel's win in the 2010 WSOP Main Event makes him one of the top stories of the year.

Here’s the deal, if you win the World Series of Poker Main Event, you’re going to be one of the top stories of the year.  Years from now, when people begin to recount the championships that players have taken home, people will remember them by who won the Main Event that year.  It’s the tournament that matters most among poker tournaments, and it’s the one that gets the most attention every year.  As such, Jonathan Duhamel gets added to the list as one of the top stories of 2010.

Duhamel came out on top of the second largest main event field in the history of the event.  7,319 players put up $10,000 to play for the title, and he was the only one that avoided elimination long enough to be called champion.  From the hands that I saw him play at the Main Event this year, he wasn’t the most deserving player.  But often times in tournaments, the most deserving player doesn’t win.  That’s the luck factor.  Duhamel made several questionable calls that led to several giant pots being shipped his direction as things just worked out for him time and time again. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stores – #12 Vladimir Schemelev

December 27, 2010 2 comments
Vladamir Schemelev

Vladamir Schemelev had an incredible WSOP in 2010, coming just 1 card short of a bracelet

The last few years at the World Series of Poker, there seems to have been a breakout by a player from Russia.  In 2008, it was Ivan Demidov who finished runner up in the Main Event in Las Vegas, and also final tabled the WSOP-Europe Main Event, finishing in 3rd.  In 2009, Vitaly Lunkin began the WSOP winning the $40k No Limit Hold’em event, and then finding 2 more final tables at the WSOP with a 2nd place finish in the $10k Pot Limit Omaha and a 4th place finish in the $50k H.O.R.S.E Championship, booking well over $2.7 Million between all of his cashes at the WSOP events.  But this year, it was an unknown cash specialist that took the WSOP by surprise named Vladimir Schemelev.

The first time that I saw Schemelev was at the $50k Players Championship event at the World Series of Poker Read more…

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi wins the $50k Players Championship…on TV

July 27, 2010 2 comments
Michael Mizrachi

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi clutching just a handful of the $1.5 million he won

I watched the Grinder ship the $50k players championship on ESPN tonight, and a few things struck me.  First of all, I was surprised at the limited number of hands that were shown on the 2 hour telecast.  I realize that while the actual time of play was somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 hours, that they wouldn’t be showing all of the hands.  But what struck me was how many hands didn’t make the cut.

They failed to show the AA hand that doubled Oppenheim up early in the event, and they only showed a few hands of the heads up match with Grinder vs. Vladimir.  I was surprised also Read more…