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Top News – Hellmuth's Just Short of 12th Bracelet, Maria Ho Makes WSOP History

Top News – Hellmuth's Just Short of 12th Bracelet, Maria Ho Makes WSOP History

The last two weeks were full of action at the poker tables. Having in mind that the biggest poker festivity of the year, the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is taking place as we speak, stating otherwise would simply mean lying.

We spread news not lies and therefore in this week's edition of Top News at OnlinePoker10 we are going to tell you about Maria Ho – the poker chick who has made history last week by falling just short of her first WSOP bracelet, but still wining a huge pile of money which appeared to be the biggest one won by a female player in WSOP history. In other falling-just-short-of-a-WSOP-bracelet news we have the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth not winning his 12th (although he is already the man with the most bracelets – 11) after being outplayed by John Juanda in the final heads-up play of the Event #16.

Juanda Denies Hellmuth of 12th Bracelet

Some people who are good at something, but lack competition from the others have only one way to improve – compete with themselves. And that's what Phil Hellmuth was doing last weekend when he was just too close to his carrier's 12th bracelet. Helmuth, who already leads the WSOP bracelet race with 11 units was just a step away from his 12th as he owned the Event #16: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship final table.

Hellmuth eliminated 4 of the 9 opponents at the final table and when it all came to him an John Juanda the Poker Brat had a 3 to 1 chip lead over his opponent. However, it was just at that moment when the scales went the other way. Juanda started collecting Hellmuth's chips without showdowns and in the end the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner had to admit the defeat and congratulate the winner. In Hellmuth's way, of course.

“Well played buddy, well played. You’re just so f-ing scary,” were the exact Poker Brat's words to Juanda when they shook hands after the match. Juanda's Twitter response was much more polite: “Just won my 5th WSOP bracelet in 2/7 NL (10K buyin). Every time u win 1 of these the feeling is surreal! Thx all 4 the support!”

Juanda won his 5th WSOP bracelet and got in line with such poker names as Ted Forrest, Gary “Bones” Berland, Chris Ferguson, Berry Johnston, Scotty Nguyen, Stu Ungar, Allen Cunningham and Jeffrey Lisandro all of whom have 5 bracelets in their collections as well. Along with the trophy Juanda received a cash prize of $370,000.

You can check out the final Event #16 standings and payouts bellow in the listings of all the last week's WSOP results.

Maria Ho Makes History

Last week was also a big deal for another WSOP runner-up. Although, like Hellmuth she was very close to the bracelet, Maria Ho finished second in the Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em. However, even though she did not win, Ho has now her own page in the World Series history as a woman player with the biggest payout in one event (well at least until/if some other chick beats the record).

In the final heads-up play for the bracelet Ho had to step down to the 2008 Borgata Summer Poker Open champion Allen Bari. However, the defeat did not deny Maria Ho from braking the record – winning the biggest cash prize by a woman player in the history of the World Series of Poker – $540,000. The former UB Poker team pro who has recently signed a sponsorship deal with Rise Poker said the defeat did not break her spirit, quite the contrary, actually.

“After I took second place I was back playing the next day at noon and I was playing with this confidence that I’ve never had before. I felt like I was unstoppable,” Ho said in an interview. She also showed confidence in her future as well as in her current accomplishments: “Whether or not I have that bracelet on my wrist I think I’ve done a lot of things in poker I can be proud of. When you play a lot you see the WSOP bracelet being put on this pedestal but I feel like my poker resume speaks for itself. Through all the ups and downs in the poker world I’ve managed to stay in the game and I’ve still got a long career to look forward to.”

You can read the full interview on PokerListings.com.

Rise Poker Inks 4 Major Poker Pros to Their Team

Rise Poker – a new name in the online poker industry is trying to make the best of it after the Black Friday and to do so they've decided to follow their big brothers by signing a couple of very famous poker pros to their team roster. Scotty Nguyen, Maria Ho, Jean-Robert Bellande and Dani Stern – four names that don't need introduction to any poker fan (well, maybe except Stern, although he's pretty famous online under the nickname Anski, he's also a coach on DeucesCracked and a member of the Brunson 10).

The four will now promote Rise Poker in live poker events and play Rise Poker tournaments online. Yes, tournaments, cause that's the only decent thing to do when you're playing on Rise Poker. The thing is that the site is not your regular – deposit and play poker room. No, Rise Poker is a membership site where players pay a membership fee and then play for prizes – cash, tournament tickets, etc. The good thing about Rise Poker is that it accepts US players!

“As some of the game’s most recognizable and entertaining personalities, Scotty, Maria, Jean-Robert and Dani have exactly what we’re looking for — legit game at the tables as well as genuine mainstream appeal. Our Rise Poker community are going to have a lot of fun competing against and connecting with these pros,” said Steve “Chops” Preiss, Rise Poker Executive Vice President of Business Development after signing the four pros to the Rise team.

Next week Rise Poker is going to announce scheduled bounty events for each of its new pro players.

WSOP Results

Week #3 of the 2011 WSOP is about to finish and therefore OnlinePoker10 is giving you the list of 9 events which had already finished this week. The list includes all the final tables and the payouts.

Event #15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em

1. Brian Rast – $227,232
2. Allen Kessler – $140,309
3. Dajuan Whorley – $91,212
4. Daisuke Endo – $66,994
5. Mika Paasonen – $49,902
6. Ali Eslami – $37,654
7. John Gordon – $28,741
8. Ted Lawson – $22,183
9. Ronald Lee – $17,298

Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)

1. John Juanda – $367,170
2. Phil Hellmuth – $226,907
3. Richard Ashby – $143,833
4. Steve Sung – $97,416
5. Nick Schulman – $69,216
6. David Bakes Baker – $51,485
7. Hasan Habib – $40,020
8. Joe Cassidy – $32,440
9. Greg Raymer – $27,928

Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

1. Aaron Steury – $289,283
2. Michael Chow – $178,691
3. Adam Friedman – $121,437
4. Jonathan Tamayo – $84,516
5. Ron Ware – $60,036
6. Denis Ethier – $43,512
7. David Baker – $32,150
8. Paolo Compagno – $24,219
9. Victor Ramdin – $18,577

Event #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

1. Foster Hays – $735,400
2. Casey Kelton – $454,920
3. Jeffrey Lavelle – $321,947
4. Allan Le – $233,043
5. Stanley Tavanese – $170,648
6. Robert Koss – $126,409
7. Tristan Wade – $94,700
8. Philippe Vert – $71,728
9. Jordan Young – $54,936

Event #19: $2,500 Limit Hold'em / Six Handed

1. Darren Woods – $213,431
2. Kim Nguyen – $131,900
3. Samuel Golbuff – $85,616
4. Alexander Kuzmin – $57,236
5. Andrey Zaichenko – $39,317
6. Gabriel Nassif – $27,720
7. Richard Lyndaker – $20,053
8. Scott Stanko – $20,053
9. Jay Pinkussohn – $14,866

Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

1. Jason Somerville – $493,091
2. Yashar Darian – $305,009
3. Travis Atkins – $215,855
4. Richard Fridvalszki – $156,248
5. Alex Martin – $114,414
6. Gian Carlos Oliveri – $84,753
7. Diana Allen – $63,493
8. Shane Rose – $48,091
9. James Schaaf – $36,833

Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

1. Bertrand Grospellier – $331,639
2. Steve Landfish – $204,924
3. Maxwell Troy – $128,341
4. John Hennigan – $92,928
5. Alexander Kostritsyn – $72,627
6. Chad Brown – $57,917
7. Kevin Tang – $47,032
8. Chris Tryba – $38,812
9. Nick Schulman – $32,488

Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

1. Elie Payan – $292,825
2. Rafe Kibrit – $181,222
3. David Sands – $113,383
4. Juha Vilkki – $82,297
5. Stephen Wolfe – $60,754
6. Emil Patel – $45,554
7. Cody Munger – $34,642
8. Jeff Sarwer – $26,704
9. Roland Israelashvili – $20,863

Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix

1. John Monnette – $278,144
2. Eric Buchman – $171,855
3. Michele Limongi – $109,245
4. Brent Hanks – $78,774
5. Desmond Portano – $57,692
6. John Juanda – $42,897
7. Adam Kornuth – $32,373
8. John Racener – $24,797
9. Adam Geyer – $19,268

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