We’re entering the home stretch for the 2016 World Series of Poker. We’re just a couple of weeks away from the start of the WSOP Main Event as poker pros and amateurs start having dreams of making the November Nine.
Of course, there’s still a lot of poker to be played before then. Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen some amazing stories at the WSOP with multiple bracelet winners, amateurs coming from nowhere to win bracelets and legends proving that age in poker is just a number.
George Danzer Wins Fourth Bracelet in Three Years
While the majority of the poker world is focused on Jason Mercier and his chase for three bracelets this summer, George Danzer has just won his fourth career bracelet since 2014. On Monday, Danzer took down the $10k Stud 8 or Better Championship for his fourth career bracelet. This was his second final table this summer after a third place finish in the $10k Stud Championship.
This is the second time that Danzer has won the $10k Stud 8 Championship. He also won the title in 2014. This is also his third bracelet in a Stud variant after taking the $10k Razz Championship in 2014. He is just one bracelet away from winning the WSOP Stud Triple Crown.
Danzer became a household name in 2014 after winning the $10k Razz and the $10k Stud 8 at the 2014 WSOP. Later that year, he won the $5k Mixed Event for his third bracelet.
In 2015, Danzer went deep in three events, finishing 10th in the $10k 2-7, 12th in the $10k NL Heads-up and 8th in the $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo.
Danzer has been running deep in WSOP events dating back to 2006 when he cashed in the WSOP Main Event, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he finally broke through for his first bracelet victory.
Since that time, he has went on a remarkable run and proven himself to be one of the best Stud players in the world. If he is able to continue this crazy pace, he will rocket up the All-Time Bracelets List. It seems that Phil Hellmuth better work a bit more on his mixed games.
John Hennigan Stops Gathy to Win Fourth Career Bracelet
John “Johnny World” Hennigan earned his fourth career WSOP bracelet on Wednesday after taking down the $10k Triple Draw Championship. Heads-up in this event came down to Hennigan and Michael Gathy, both three-time bracelet winners heading into the final table.
Hennigan started heads-up play with a 3.5:1 chip lead and dominated for a good portion of heads-up play. Gathy did manage a brief comeback and even took the chip lead for a short time, but Hennigan’s experience proved too much and in the end, the 45-year-old pro won his second bracelet in three years and fourth overall.
John Hennigan wins the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw title for his 4th career bracelet. https://t.co/6gNB0gGZyH— WSOP (@WSOP) June 30, 2016
Hennigan has been a staple of the WSOP for many years and Daniel Negreanu has called him one of the best players he’s ever played. His last bracelet victory came in 2014 when he took down the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, the event that many pros call the “True World Championship of Poker.”
Hennigan’s win puts him in rare company. In addition to his four bracelet wins, he has one WPT title and $6.45 million in career earnings.
Man that Doesn’t Really Play Poker Wins Monster Stack
Anyone Can Win. Remember that. That tag line for the WSOP could be tattooed on Mitch Towner, the winner of the $1,500 Monster Stack. He survived a field of 6,927 players to win the event, his first gold bracelet and $1.12 million.
After the event, there were several shocking revelations made the by the University of Arizona professor. First, he admitted that this was just the second tournament he’s ever played with a buy-in above $100.
Next, he admitted that he was a casual fan that maybe invests an hour a week in poker. He then stated, “I really don’t play poker.”
Either this is one of the most remarkable runs in history by an amateur player or one of the biggest levels in the history of the game.
According to what Towner said of his play at the final table, it seemed that he came in intending to play tight and hoping to catch cards at the right time. Amazingly, that plan worked to perfection as went on the run of a lifetime to become a poker millionaire.
TJ Cloutier Not Done Yet
A story that was overshadowed by Towner’s win in the Monster Stack is that 76-years-young poker legend T.J. Cloutier finished 14th in the Monster Stack for his largest WSOP cash since making the final table of the 2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event.
Cloutier turned back the clock and went on a remarkable run to almost make the final table and walk away with $61,598 in prize money. Even more amazing, this was his third cash of the 2016 WSOP.
When I started out on the tourney circuit I can't tell you how many tourneys I played with this guy. TJ Cloutier. pic.twitter.com/ClLytjYMjw— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 21, 2016
Cloutier finished in the money in the Colossus II and finished 38th in the Super Seniors Event. He even has a couple of Daily Deepstack cashes to go with those WSOP cashes.
Cloutier is proving that age is just a number in the game. Just last year, he finished runner-up in a WSOP Circuit event for a six-figure score. While he doesn’t play the same schedule as he used to, Cloutier has still added over $400,000 to his career totals since 2013.
He is 44th on Poker’s All-Time Money list with $10.29 million in earnings and it doesn’t appear he’s ready to “retire” from the game anytime soon.
They see me rollin…— PokerListings (@PokerListings) June 28, 2016
TJ Cloutier in the final 15 of the Monster Stack. pic.twitter.com/ipJNVQalRZ