The battle between the old school and new poker school was conquered by the vintage David Chiu as he reigned at Event #23, $2500 Seven Card Stud winning his fifth WSOP Bracelet. A total of 246 poker players including many pros came out to play this event which was marred in controversy in the beginning. WSOP had cut off the buy-in of the event from $5000 to $2500 and also decreased the number of stud events. But all this didn’t stop poker pros like Adam Friedman, Mathew Ashton, Michael Mizrachi and Frank Kassela from participating in the event.
Scott Seiver‘s youthful enthusiasm came up against Chiu’s experienced poker style in heads up action in this poker game as the latter won and pocketed 145,520. He also joined an elite group of poker pros who have won 5 WSOP bracelets including Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Lisandro, Stu Ungar and John Juanda. Scott got $89,000 for his second place finish. Freddie Ellis came up third in the event and got $60,000. Others who finished in the money include Daniel Negreanu, Mike Sexton and Jesse Martin.
Josh Pollock won a fast paced poker table and captured his first WSOP Bracelet conquering Event #22, $1500 Pot Limit Omaha defeating Noah Schwartz. Schwartz had headlined the final table and was also looking favorite to win before Pollock captured some good pots to increase his chip leader. The 29 year old Champion won a cash prize of $279,175 and the gold bracelet while the runner up Schwartz got $172,762. James Parks was third and won $108,090 while fourth place finisher KT Parks got $78,000.
Event #24, 25 and 26 are underway and a champion should also be crowned in Event 24, $1500 NL Hold’em before end of day today.