Sunday, 14 October 2007

WSOP 2007 Reflections - Part 1

WSOP 2007 Reflections - Part 1
By Mick McCloskey

A poor working man started to hear voices in his head. The voice said “Quit your job, sell up everything you own and move to Las Vegas” At first he ignored the voice but it refused to go away and continued to torment him. He finally gave in and did as the voice suggested. Now in Las Vegas, the voice began to tell him “Go to the World Series of Poker and buy into the main event.” As he had followed previous instructions, he did as the voice suggested and bought into the main event. On the first day of the tournament, he sat down at the poker table and picked up his first hand, two black Aces. After a raise and a re-raise before it got to him, the voice said, “Push in all your chips.” The man did as the voice suggested and he got one caller. The flop came 10, J, Q, all hearts. The voice said “Ooohhh ****!!!!!!

Talking about the WSOP, news of a few good results for Irish players have come through. Ciaran O’Leary, originally from Co. Cork, but now living in the USA, bested a mammoth field of 2,998 in the $1,500 NLH event no.3 to take down the top prize of $727,012 and a WSOP bracelet.
Alan Smurfit, a member of the family who own the famous K Club in Kildare, won Event no.33, the $1,500 plus re-buy Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Alan came through a field of 293 to take the gold bracelet and $464,867.
In event no. 35, Michael Trimby, from N. Ireland took 5th place in the $1,500 NLH tournament for $109,214. Congratulations and well done to all three. Hopefully, there will be more Irish success stories before it is all over.

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