2016 World Series of Poker Daily Update:  Norman Chad Defends Old School Pros, Three Players Win Bracelets

June 30th, 2016 | by Jason Reynolds

ESPN poker broadcaster Norman Chad was paying attention to T.J. Cloutier’s recent run during a 2016 World Series of Poker event. On Wednesday, he took to Twitter to defend Cloutier and other old school legends.

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Longtime WSOP TV host Norman Chad takes up for the senior set in a Twitter tirade. (Image: cardplayer.com)

Cloutier finished he the 14th spot out of a starting field of 6,927 in Event #41, teh $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em, at the impressive age of 76. Chad, apparently under the impression the youngsters don’t respect the old-timers, posted a series of seemingly defensive Twitter comments.

“WSOP history:  From 1985 to 2003, T.J. Cloutier had 41 cashes, all 24th or better, including 34 final tables – 34! – and four bracelets,” he penned.

“T.J. Cloutier busts in 14th at Monster Stack. That’s his 64th WSOP cash, 38 of which – 38! – were final tables,” he continued.

“For those dismissing T.J. Cloutier’s 38 WSOP final tables. Yes, they were smaller fields. But only seven were under 10; 16 were over 200,” he finished.

Hennigan Wins Fourth WSOP Title

John Hennigan isn’t just known for being the guy who bought out of a bet so he wouldn’t have to live in Des Moines, Iowa for a month. You may also recognize him as a world-class poker player and a three-time WSOP bracelet winner.

Make that a four-time bracelet winner.

“Johnny World” took down Event #47, the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball championship, on Wednesday. He beat Michael Gathy heads-up. Gathy was looking for his second bracelet of the summer. That will have to wait. He never could overcome a huge chip disadvantage during heads-up play.

Hennigan last won a bracelet in 2014 in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The cash he won on Wednesday ($320,103) is but a fourth of his last bracelet cash of $1,517,767 two years ago.

Chris Klodnicki entered Day Three with the chip lead, but busted out in 4th. J.C. Tran, hoping for a third career bracelet, had to settle for 3rd  place this time, and his 54th career WSOP cash.

Bicknell Vies for First Woman’s Bracelet of 2016

Those who think poker is a man’s game will be sweating out Event #46, the $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em on Wednesday. There are just three players remaining, and the chip leader is a woman.

Kristen Bicknell, a Canadian, has 7,080,000 chips. She’ll attempt to be the first woman to win a WSOP title in 2016. She is an accomplished pro, having won the Ladies event in 2013. First place in this tournament will pay $290,768.

Wolansky Gets the Gold

Steven Wolansky first one a bracelet in 2014 (in the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball. His next one came on Wednesday in Event #44, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He won $298,849 by outlasting a field of 2,076 players.

Wolansky had to fend off a pesky Wenlong Jin heads-up for the title. The competitors began the match on Tuesday, but were unable to conclude before the Rio shut down its tables at 1 am-ish.

Play resumed on Day Four of the tournament. After 44 additional hands, Wolansky was finally crowned champion. He ran pure throughout this event and the final hand was a fitting way to end it.

The soon-to-be champ shoved all-in with 8♥8♣ and found himself in a race when Jin quickly called with Q♠J♥. The 8♥K♣7♣ flop left Jin dead to all but runner-runner straight. When the 8♠ flipped over on the turn, Wolansky hit quads and had his opponent drawing dead. The 4♠ river was irrelevant.

Ankush Mandavia Takes Down Turbo NLH

Ankush Mandavia, after Wednesday’s action, can refer to himself as a World Series of Poker bracelet winner. He took down Event #48, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo, for $548,139.

The Georgia resident outlasted 524 players, including his heads-up foe Daniel Strelitz. Phil Hellmuth finished 8th, his highest finish this summer, but was unable to claim his 15th career bracelet. It’s been a bit of a tough summer for the Poker Brat.

The On-Deck Circle

Thursday is the start of Event #52, the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em and Event #53, the $1,500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha Hi-Low/8, which has the interesting tag of the “Big O”. Probably the winner will have one, anyway.


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