WITH the World Series of Poker just about halfway through the 58 events being held this year, we are also about halfway through the Marbella Classic Poker Series at the Andalucia Plaza Hotel and Casino complex in Puerto Banus. Event number five was held last weekend and local player El Bekey El Wally fought his way through the 73 strong field that included some of the big hitters who had travelled down from Madrid, to try and pick up some soft money.
Indeed one of the Madrid boys with the fabulous nickname of ‘Dracula’ was heads up against El Bekey. A nice little winners cheque was handed over for €13,000. Other notable local players and good friends of the Marbella Mob Marco Palazon and Miguel Cortijo also got in the money, so well done boys.
Across the pond in sunny downtown Las Vegas, the Brits have been making their mark against the best in the world. Until now, there has been three bracelet winners, 106 cash’s and a whopping 4 million US dollars has been put into the man bags, all ready to be reinvested and with plenty also being spent on the Las Vegas beauties and Jägerbombs.
Playing hard and having fun is the number 1 pastime for these bits of kid’s. When young Rochdale lad Jake Cody won his bracelet this year, he was railed by a group of poker playing mates and friends in a show of support never seen before in Vegas.
The press over there likened the noise and cheers to a football match and no wonder really as Jake added this WSOP victory to his EPT and WPT titles to make him only the third player in history to win poker’s Triple Crown. At the tender age of just 23, what’s next?