No Joy for UK in WSOP Finals
UK Poker can hold its head up high today despite falling short of a bracelet in two of yesterdays WSOP finals. John Duthie was unable to overcome Leo Wolpert in a marathon rubber match at the best of 3 $10,000 Heads Up Championship Final. Duthie must be wondering what me must do to win a heads up tournament, this being his third runner up place in a major heads up tournament. However it does clearly define him as one of the top heads up tournament specialists in the world.
Despite being 1st and 2nd in chips at the start of the day, Ross Boatman and Jeff Kimber were unable to stop the runaway train that was JC Tran, who bagged his 2nd bracelet in the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha. Boatman exited in 4th place, a formidable result at such a pro heavy final table, and Kimber found himself heads up against Tran at a significant chip disadvantage. Kimber didn't get any breaks heads up and had to concede the bracelet to Tran, but surely this will not be the last time that 'JaffaCake' finds himself in contention of winning gold at a world series final.
Onto the action still running and it appears that BlackBelt Poker might be making their presence known at the series, as Jamie Roberts, son of Ben Roberts, has made it to the final day $2,000 No Limit Event. He will have his work cut out, as he is one of the shorter stacks in the final 19. Here is his gaffer Neil Channing having a chat with our TV crew:
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Karl Fenton joins Team PKR Pro
The next member of Team PKR Pro has been unveiled, none other than PKR Live II winner Karl 'DiscoMonkey' Fenton. Fenton has recently gone from small stakes grinder to high stakes tournament player in just a matter of months, taking a break from his degree in finance, Fenton has won over $200,000 online in a very small space of time. He also went on to win PKR Live II for $20,000.
Fenton has already flown off to Vegas to join the rest of Team PKR. He said, "Quite honestly the first career I have ever been able to see myself making a real success out of was poker. It is something I have a deep interest in and something I have begun to make work. Hopefully this opportunity with PKR will prove to be the springboard to a lifetime of success in the game. Why not start in Vegas?"