Update on this week’s millionaires at the WSOP

I have come to the conclusion the real reason I keep the blog going is to offer a lively alternative to the usual boring topics you normally get from other Saskatchewan-based media folks — like their coverage of the Garth Brooks concert, for instance, or better yet, the ‘Riders.

With that said, here is my World Series of Poker update for this weekend. (You can bet nobody else in Saskatchewan media cares about that.)

Earlier this week, a winner was crowned at Colossus 2 held at the Rio, that massive event in which some 22,000 poker players participated. 

The winner was a fellow named Ben Keeline who wins a cool million dollars. Now, this is one of those inspiring stories — Keeline’s poker playing had hit the skids so badly that he ended up quitting and was driving an Uber cab! Now, he’s a millionaire. Good for him. If this story doesn’t launch another “Poker boom”, nothing will.

There is more million-dollar money up for grabs this weekend as one of the events is the $1500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold-’em is under way. Updates here. And I notice Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu is one of 12 people still alive in the $1500 Seven Card Razz event.

There is still plenty of poker ahead down in sunny Las Vegas where the current temperature is 87 degrees F. As well, there is a lot of live-streaming going on of final-table action and you can tune in to that here