Big Name Pro's Take Down Smaller Events
Many times in the poker world, we get so caught up into who won a bracelet or who took down a WPT title that we forget the fact that there are many tournaments held across the world. In the past month, several big names have taken down tournaments to add to their impressive resumes.
Howard Lederer won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the Festa Al Lago WPT series. While the field was only a small 16 players, the field was stacked with many strong players. Lederer knocked off Ralph Perry heads-up to take the event and $92,150.
Joe Hachem took down the European 8 Game Championships during the London Open earlier in the month. The final table included David Williams, Huck Seed, Miami John Cernuto, and Nikolay Edvakov. Hachem came out on top to take the event and Â£42,400.
Matt Glantz took the NL High Roller event during the London Open. Both Erik Cajelais, Dennis Phillips, and Ilari Sahamies (Zigmund to the online world) were among the final table participants. Glantz took Â£542,000 for his win.
Jason Mercier took down the Â£2,500 NL Event during the London open for Â£115,800. Also during the London Open, Dario Alioto won the PL Omaha 8 or Better double chance event and Fabrice Soulier took the PLO Double Chance 6 Max Event that also featured Alioto at the final table.
While the above wins by these pros will never see a minute of T.V. time, they still go down as a win. While the money is good to take home, in the end, the win is the only thing many of these big names care about. Taking down a smaller event helps to build up their confidence and prepare them to attempt and take down a WPT Event or WSOP bracelet.