On June 17 poker fans got a shot in the arm after Doyle Brunson tweeted that he may play two WSOP events. Back on May 15th, the poker legend tweeted “Afraid I am finally gonna give in to Father Time and pass on tournament play at WSOP. #toomanyhours”.
His tweet prompted a flurry of “say it’s not true” tweets from poker fans and pros alike. Doyle’s May announcement wasn’t the first time in the recent past that he had hinted that he was withdrawing from tournaments, but of course not from his regular high stakes cash game schedule.
“I possibly could play the 2-7 event and the 50k Horse in this years WSOP. I haven’t set foot in the Rio yet.#cashgamestoogood” Brunson tweeted a week before the deuce to seven event’s start. When late registration for the $10,000 2-7 event closed, Doyle was not among the entrants. Later that day Doyle Tweeted “Kinda wish I had late registered for the lowball tourney. No I’m not mad at the WSOP folks. Hours are just too long” Players and fanalike will have to wait to find out his decision on the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, although in a follow-up to his 2-7 tournament tweet Brunson said that he was still planning on entering the $50K event and he was “Gonna give it my best shot.” (The Poker Players Championship was originally an H.O.R.S.E. event before evolving into the current 8 game mixed format.)
All those that follow poker tournaments also know the name Elisabeth Hille. Elisabeth was a non-professional Norwegian poker player and waitress prior to last year’s WSOP. That changed as her play caught the attention of ESPN cameras with her solid play and steady climb up the leaderboard. Elisabeth came within a coin flip of making WSOP history by becoming only the second woman to make the Final Table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Elisabeth has played a couple of events at this year’s WSOP including the Ladies Only Tournament and has announced that she is entering the Main Event again this year. Since last year, Elisabeth has been playing more poker and has cashed in tournaments in the EU and UK. Her near history making series last year gained her a nice fan base, who would like to see her reach the final table this year.
Galle Baumann who also gained instant international poker fame last year as she paced Elisabeth and also falling just short of the Final Table is also playing at this year’s WSOP. She also entered the Ladies Event and it is suspected that she will also enter this year’s Main Event with hopes another deep run.
Brunson, Hille and Baumann come to poker from different eras. All three will be followed at this year’s WSOP by the press and their fans, both groups hoping for historic final tables for all three.