WSOP Stat Pack: Selbst and Millionaire Maker Setting Records

Vanessa Selbst's third bracelet win highlights the first WSOP Stat Pack of 2014.

Vanessa Selbst’s third bracelet win highlights the first WSOP Stat Pack of 2014. (Drew Amato photo)

The 2014 World Series of Poker is underway with five bracelets already awarded at the Rio in Las Vegas. The most noted bracelet winner was Vanessa Selbst in the $25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em event. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker exceeded everyone’s expectations, filling the tournament area and beyond with players seeking the guaranteed $1 million first prize. That and much more highlight the first WSOP Stat Pack.

Vanessa Selbst’s win in Event #2: $25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em, ties her with Poker Hall of Fame member Barbara Enright and Nani Dollison for the most bracelets by a woman, each collecting three bracelets. While Enright and Dollison each won two bracelets in ladies’ events, Selbst has won all three in open events.

Selbst’s win also moves her over the $2 million mark in lifetime WSOP earnings, becoming the 108th player to reach that milestone. She also becomes the 25th player with over $10 million in career tournament earnings.

Jason Mo
finished 2nd to Selbst in the Mixed Max event, his second runner-up finish at the WSOP. Brian Hastings defeated Mo at the 2012 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship.

The opening week of the 2014 WSOP also featured the overwhelming success of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. The first of two flights drew a record 4,722 players, surpassing the record set last year – 4,407 players in the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em.

Combined with the 3,255 players in the second flight, the combined field of 7,977 entries makes the Millionaire Maker the largest tournament field since the 2010 Main Event, which drew 7,319 players. The field is bigger than the first 34 editions of the WSOP Main Event combined.

Phil Hellmuth earned his 101st cash in the $1,500 Razz. Hellmuth is at his 49th WSOP final table as he attempts to win his 14th gold bracelet.

Phil Hellmuth is joined by four WSOP bracelet winners at the $1,500 Razz final table. Ted Forrest (5), Brandon Cantu (2), Brock Parker (2) and David Bach (1) stand in Hellmuth’s way of adding to his record-setting total.

Brandon Shack-Harris
won the largest non-hold’em tournament in poker history, besting 1,127 other players in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event on May 30.

The opening event of the WSOP: $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em went into a third day for the first time, but it would take only six hands for Roland Reparejo to defeat Corey Emery, winning $82,835. The runner-up finish was not Emery’s best career result, he finished 33rd in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event for $255,242.

Humberto Brenes is the first player to cash three times at the WSOP this year. Brenes now has 75 lifetime WSOP cashes, moving him ever closer to Men Nguyen, third with 79 cashes.

Jason Somerville doesn’t play a lot of non-hold’em events, so his 18th place finish in Event 3: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha his first non-hold’em tournament cash is surprising. It was also Somerville’s first WSOP cash since finishing 69th at the 2012 Main Event.

Kyle Cartwright held five WSOP Circuit rings, but only six lifetime cashes at the WSOP before he won Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em on May 31. The $360,278 earned by Cartwright win is more than three times his previous career WSOP earnings. He joins Chris Reslock as the only players with at least five WSOP-C rings and a WSOP bracelet.

Tuan Le won his first bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball, earning $355,324. The result was his largest cash since winning the World Poker Tour World Championship in 2005.

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