WSOP Day 23 - USA Dominates and Doyle Losing Enthusiasm
Things are beginning to heat up action wise here tonight. The final table of the $5,000 Six-Handed NL event has both Men Nguyen and Erick Lindgren at the final table. Men is going after his 8th career bracelet and 2nd of this WSOP. Victor Ramdin, David Chiu, and Rob Hollink are all at the final table of the $2,500 PL Holdem â PL Omaha Event. At this rate, tonightâs final tables may be a sweep by the pros.
Doyle Losing Enthusiam
Doyle Brunson made a statement in his recent blog that he had a lack of enthusiasm in the recent $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo World Championship and may take a few days off to try and figure out why he has a lack of enthusiasm.
I was talking to someone else in the poker media that is working the WSOP and they shared a similar sentiment about playing on their days off. They mentioned that in past years they were excited about playing and that now they have little interest in going around a casino on their day off.
I have noticed that when it comes to playing poker while I am working here in Vegas, I am the same way. I donât have the same enthusiasm as I might at other times of the year when I go somewhere to play live.
I believe what has happened in the case of my colleague and myself is simply poker overload. We both have been immersed in the game since May 27th that when we donât have to be around it, we arenât.
I cannot speak about what may or may not be affecting Doyle, but Doyle has not seemed to have the enthusiasm for playing poker for a while now. Could his age be catching up to him or is it something more. Could Doyle be facing his own type of burnout or maybe a combination of age and burnout? Without talking with Doyle directly, nobody will really know.
Hopefully Doyle can find his enthusiasm and pull together a couple of nice finishes soon. Even at his age, he can still put together a great run on any given tournament. He has had 3 strong runs, but $0 in prize money so far. Saying that he is due is likely an understatement.
USA Dominates the World
Through 31 events, 47 countries have had at least one player make it to the money of a WSOP event. Of those 47, only seven countries have hosted bracelet winners. The United States is in the lead in both bracelet and money, and both by a large margin. US players 2,824 cashes for a total of $41.9 Million and 20 of the first 31 bracelets. Canada is 2nd in cashes with 235 cashes and $4.2 Million in earnings and third in bracelets with 3. The UK is 2nd in bracelets with 4 and 3rd in cashes for $4.22 Million. Russia, France, New Zealand, and Hungary have one bracelet winner each. The total WSOP number of entrants remains to be seen.
While it is no surprise that the US is leading in bracelets, this is a sizable lead. Nobody should ever expect to overtake us in amount of money made, but I figured that at least four or five more bracelets would have gone to other countries. The USA can still bring it baby.
The final tables of both events are really just kicking off so another long night is ahead. We will be back tomorrow with more from the 2010 World Series of Poker.