Sunday, July 29, 2012

World Series of Poker ( WSOP), WINNERS, Where Are They Now ?

Their names were once on the collective lips of the poker community, but have now become answers to trivia questions. Here's our guide to "Where Are They Now?", World Series of Poker edition.

Jamie Gold (2006 WSOP Champion) Since his record setting $12 million dollar win, and his forays onto High Stakes Poker, Jamie's kept an incredibly low profile in the poker world. The scandal involving his agreement to split the winnings forever gave him a tarnished name in the poker world, and as such, he's played very few tournaments; he only has 8 recorded cashes since his 2006 victory. However, one of those cashes was in this years NBC Heads-Up Championship; could we see the return of the self-proclaimed "Biggest Bluffer in Hold'em History" this year?

Robert Varkonyi (2002 WSOP Champion) The last pre-Moneymaker era WSOP champ, Varkonyi didn't have another cash after his 2002 victory until 2006. He made another deep run in the main event in 2007, came in 2nd in the 2009 WSOP Tournament of Champions (while being called "the Underdog" throughout the tournament by various reporting sites) and this year, took down event 18 at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza.3. His wife has also had nice runs in the WSOP Main Event and some Women's events. With the momentum from his Venetian win, hopefully we can see Varkonyi make a deep run in this years WSOP Main Event. Obviously, Varkonyi's still got the talent to perform in the poker world.
Steve Dannenmann (2005 WSOP Runner-Up) The "fourth best player in his home game" won over many casual observers with his humility and humble nature towards being on the biggest stage in poker. Dannenmann, unlike many player that make the millions of dollars and convert to playing poker full time, actually kept his day job and is still a CPA in Maryland. He hasn't recorded a cash since 2008, so it's safe to say, Dannenmann must really enjoy his day job.
T.J. Cloutier (2006 Inductee Poker Hall of Fame) The last most casual players read about T.J. had nothing to do with his play; it was more about Ebay. He had his 2005 $5,000 NLHE bracelet sold for about $4,000 to However, T.J. is still playing poker and has been furiously grinding at this year's WSOP, with 3 cashes so far. He may be stuck a little, if he's selling bracelets, but T.J. is showing at this year's WSOP that he's not going to bleed out of the game; he's still got the game to make it in the money.
Sam Grizzle (2003 WSOP Phil Hellmuth Antagonizer) My first introduction into televised poker was watching Sam Grizzle terrorize Phil Hellmuth with insults and needles throughout the series. Since then, Grizzle has made infrequent appearances on Poker After Dark and WSOP broadcasts, but has no registered cashes since 2009. A notorious backing/staking fiend, it's more than likely that Sam is being staked to play in some of the big games in Vegas; Todd Brunson used to be an ardent backer of Grizzle.

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