The completion of the full second week of the 2018 World Series of Poker was a non-stop poker extravaganza. The summer series has reached full throttle as some of the biggest events on the schedule awarded huge sums of life-changing money.
Social media surrounding the series had a few moments of sincerity as poker legend, Doyle Brunson, announced his retirement from tournament play. That said, poker Twitter’s trademark snark was in full form as grinders jumped into event after event, trying to capture gold.
So if you are watching from afar, enjoy the view as here’s a little taste of life at the Rio in week 2.
Some of Brazil’s best and brightest talent celebrated Roberly Felicio’s victory in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Felicio defeated the over 13,000 players to take home the first place guaranteed prize of $1,000,000.
Ship it to 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷! Tudo começa com uma paixão, um sonho, vontade de aprender e chegar mais longe… Valeu a pena! Palavras suas @roberlyf e méritos exclusivamente seus. Deu aula e deu exemplo! Parabéns meu amigo, Goiás e Brasil. Nossa bandeira lá no topo, um orgulho imenso. Foi bonito demais ver todo mundo junto nessa energia incrível. Momento inesquecível. #WSOP2018 #Colossus #Winner #Brazil 📸: @r3medies
You Can Dance If You Want To
Sure, Sang Liu had Roberly Felicio dominated and on the verge of winning Colossus but everyone…EVERYONE…knows that you don’t celebrate until the final card hits the felt. Once again, the poker gods punish the premature celebration in a clip so good it was picked up by ESPN.
— TwitchPoker (@TwitchPoker) June 8, 2018
Hanging Out In The Hallways
Enough of this Rio hallway nonsense! The animals selling chargers is one thing but having to stroll past James Woods holding a 22 year old Goth girl’s hand while telling Teach Aldridge a bad beat story just unbearable.
— Salty (@msalsberg) June 9, 2018
As I walked in The Rio I heard a guy talking on the phone…”It’s only $1500 to play and you can win a million”. He made such a convincing case I thought I’d give it a go.
— Neil Channing (@SenseiChanning) June 10, 2018
Would like to sell half to the $50k 8game on Friday at par. Fucked up my back deadlifting this morning, so might be extra high… and probably would be a dog under good circumstances anyway. Going to take the high road and *Not* compare this to @phil_hellmuth selling at 1.5
— Dan Smith (@DanSmithHolla) June 12, 2018
Defending The Crown
Last year’s Millionaire Maker champion Pablo Mariz stormed the halls of the Rio in his Upswing Poker gear, ready to make another million in 2018.
— pablo mariz (@pablomariz777) June 9, 2018
If Mariz is going to repeat, he’d have to go through 2016 WSOP Main Event Champion, Qui Nguyen…and his new hat.
Punch The Ticket
Ever wonder what a first-place cash out ticket looks like? Well, here it is and it looks like all the rest of them. However, for Adam Friedman, winner of Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice, this little piece of paper was worth $293,275.
No time to rest, onto playing just one game in the variation of 2 cards pic.twitter.com/VZc2TMuBpI
— Ada❌ Fried❌an (@AdamFriedman119) June 10, 2018
Take note tournament grinders: you can always make it back in the cash games.
PokerNews’ Pamela Maldonado putting her poker media knowledge to good use and finishing forth in a Daily Deepstack for $9217 (or roughly 100 articles.)
The dream is over.
Finished 4th out of 780 for $9,217. Was the lead most of the final table but got crippled in a blind vs. blind situation. SB hit runner runner when we were five handed.
But that was fun. Thanks for all the 💙 pic.twitter.com/eVR9WaUMkd
— Pamela Maldonado (@pamelam35) June 9, 2018
Slipping Out The Back
Daniel Negreanu, eager to add another WSOP gold bracelet to his collection, barely missed out in Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix. The superstar finished in third-place for just under $60,000. His agent, hot on his heels, snapped the pic of him headed back to the trailer.
The dream is over. Super cooler. pic.twitter.com/tR8RwKfTzj
— Brian Balsbaugh (@Balsbaugh) June 12, 2018
End Of An Era
Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson announced his retirement from poker this week. For his last WSOP tournament, he cruised into Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. 95 players ponied up the buy-in but Doyle was determined to go deep and as he approached the final table, the poker world watched to see if he would clinch bracelet #11.
— Remko Rinkema (@RemkoRinkema) June 12, 2018
In the background, a little something special as Doyle and his son Todd Brunson played side by side.
Doyle pulled up a little short, finishing in sixth place for $43,963 for what is expected to be his last appearance at the WSOP. Poker photog Drew Amato captured that moment and snapped what may end up being the photo of the summer.
— Drew Amato (@drew_amato) June 13, 2018
The moment really hit home for Canadian online superstar Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk.
Watching a bit of the 2-7 NL on break and seeing Doyle in his last tourney ever has me feeling sad but hopeful. On the one hand it’s unfortunate that we’re losing one of the true legends of the game. On the other, it gives me hope that one day Phil Hellmuth will also retire.
— Christopher Kruk (@KrukPoker) June 12, 2018
Ahh, poker Twitter.
It’s Only Week 2
Over 25 events have taken place and we’re not even quite at the halfway point. The voice of PokerGo, Ali Nejad, is going to need a pick-me-up.
— Ali Nejad (@Ali_Nejad) June 13, 2018
On to Week 3!