Brock Parker Wins First World Series of Poker BraceletPublished on June 8th, 2009 4:01 am EST
If you have been following the online poker world for any length of time, then you have surely heard of the alias "t_soprano".
Brock "t_soprano" Parker isn't just a very good online poker player - he is also a very strong "live" tournament player as well.
Parker proved this on Sunday night when he managed to take down his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 6-Handed Limit Hold'em event.
Parker took down $224k for his first place finish, as well as the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet. Parker's previous largest live cash (100k for a sixth place finish) came in the $10k Limit Hold'em Championship last year.
For a while on Sunday evening, it appeared as though Daniel Negreanu was going to cruise to his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet.
Negreanu was cruising in three-handed play. He was confident and hitting nearly all of his hands.
"KidPoker" had a fairly dominant chip lead during heads-up play, but the momentum in the match shifted very quickly. Suddenly it was Parker that was making his hands, much to the disdain of "KidPoker".
Negreanu wasn't able to recover from this shift in momentum, and "t_soprano" was soon slipping on his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
To be honest, Daniel Negreanu couldn't have run into a much stronger opponent in heads-up action. Parker is no joke when it comes to Limit Hold'em, as he had previously cashed in three other World Series of Poker Limit Hold'em tournaments. If anyone else had made it to the final two, then I think that "KidPoker" would have taken this tournament down.
For Negreanu, this was a bitterly disappointing 2nd place finish. He was painfully close to not only his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet, but also a great deal of money in various bracelet side bets.
Congratulations to Brock "t_soprano" Parker on his very first World Series of Poker bracelet.
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