The WSOP Online Bracelet Series is still in its early stages, but we’re already seeing impressive performances from some poker boom era live pros, including Alan Goehring (“GladiusIII”) who shipped Event #8, the $500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout for $119,000 on Wednesday.
Goehring is a blast from the past for poker fans who followed the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker 15-20 years ago. In 1999, he finished runner-up to Noel Furlong in the WSOP Main Event. He won the first-ever WPT World Championship in 2003 for $1,036,886, and then earned his second WPT title in 2006 by winning the prestigious LA Poker Classic for $2,391,590.
Big-Name Pros Racking up Cashes in WSOP Online Bracelet Series
The most recent bracelet winner isn’t the only old-school crusher having success in the WSOP Online Bracelet Series. Phil Hellmuth (“Lumestackin”), the all-time bracelet record holder (15), has three cashes in seven events played. Those include a near-miss in $400 No-Limit Hold’em Kickoff. The “Poker Brat” held the chip lead with 13 players left, but ran into a cold deck and was eliminated in 11th place.
Daniel Negreanu (“DNegs”) has more at stake in the series than anyone else. He has upward of $1 million in bracelet bets on the line. And he’s attempting to end a seven-year drought without winning a World Series of Poker event.
Thus far, the GGPoker ambassador has three small cashes, but no final table appearances. Mike Matusow (“mouth123”) has been busy this series — both on and off the felt. He verbally attacked his opponent for what he argues was a slowroll in one tournament. The verbal abuse included physical threats against Megan Milburn (“wolverine17”). On the felt, he already has four small cashes in large-field events.
Layne Flack is no slack on the virtual felt either. The six-time bracelet winner has a pair of cashes this series, including a 12th-place finish for $5,786 in the $800 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Deepstack.
Even long-time ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad has a cash to his name during the series. The man with two first names and multiple ex-wives surprisingly made it past the bubble in the $600 PLO8 6-Handed, but was eliminated in 112th place for $900.